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Solid Ground | Gritty

Solid Ground | Gritty

Coming to faith in Christ is just the beginning. It’s a start of a journey or a race. 2 Timothy gives us guidance on how to run the race of faith with an eye on the finish line. Though focused primarily on how to lead well in a ministry setting, these words have application to anyone who is following Christ in any context. Gritty is about faith for the real world.

  • September 11

    Restart

    2 Timothy 1:1-7
    David Woods

    God has given us what we need to give our best for him. The “gift of God” is both the presence of the Holy Spirit and the spiritual gifts he supplies. In this case, Paul seems to be focusing on a specific gift that Timothy received when Paul set him apart for ministry. It was a special divine empowerment that Timothy would need to rely on in order to carry out his ministry. The word for gift here is similar to the word for grace. Both mean gift. The “gift of God” is a result of the “grace of God.”

    Gritty Bible Guide for 2 Timothy

  • September 18

    Not Ashamed

    2 Timothy 1:8-18
    David Woods

    This passage is about not being ashamed of sharing the truth about Jesus even when it causes you to suffer. Sometimes the suffering comes in the drastic form of persecution (like in the Middle East and other parts of the world). While at other times suffering takes on the more subtle forms of social pressure and compromise. Sharing Jesus often means sharing in suffering. 

    Gritty Bible Guide for 2 Timothy

  • September 25

    Grace-strong

    2 Timothy 2:1-7
    David Woods

    Grace enables us to stay strong through the battles of life. Paul says being “strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus” looks like being a good soldier, a competing athlete, and a hardworking farmer. Grace and all the spiritual blessings that come with it are a source of strength to keep you focused on serving Jesus through the difficulties and challenges of life. The ability to be a “good” soldier and a “victorious” athlete and a “hardworking” farmer does not come from ourselves, but from the grace God gives. It is learning to depend on God that helps us soldier on, compete, and harvest in a way that is pleasing to God and is a bold witness for Christ. Even when things in life are bad, God is good!

    Gritty Bible Guide for 2 Timothy

  • October 02

    Remember Jesus!

    2 Timothy 2:8-13
    Mike Canny

    The example of Jesus suffering and dying but then being raised and exalted is the ultimate motivation in staying true to our calling. Jesus is “worthy” because of the faithfulness he displayed by going to the cross. The example of Jesus motivates us to remain faithful.      

    Gritty Bible Guide for 2 Timothy

  • October 09

    Do Your Best

    2 Timothy 2:14-26
    Danny Curry

    Being at our best for God requires handling His Word correctly and living our lives with integrity. This passage focuses on the attitude and effort we bring to being a servant of the Lord. We need to handle the word and live our lives with integrity. The word for “handle” means to cut in a straight line or to guide on a straight path. It means to teach correctly. Paul emphasizes that knowledge of the truth is not about giving you words to argue about, but words to live by. Flee evil desires and instead desire righteousness. Paul also instructs us be kind to those who oppose us, and to be gentle in our approach when trying to instruct them in the truth. This passage has to do with the effort we bring to serving the Lord--do your best!

     

    Gritty Bible Guide for 2 Timothy

  • October 16

    God's Survival Guide

    2 Timothy 3
    David Woods

    Scripture guides us how to live for God in a culture that rejects God. This passage outlines the darkness and depravity of a culture bent on rebelling against God. There will be difficult times and difficult people. But as for you, continue in what you have learned from the holy Scriptures. The Word of God shows us how to live (gives us light) in the midst of darkness. You cannot find your way through these “terrible times” without the Word. It’s our moral compass and guiding light.

    Gritty Bible Guide for 2 Timothy

  • October 30

    Remix

    2 Timothy 4:9-22
    Kenny Gooch

    Kenny shares his message called, Bottom Line, as we remind ourselves that real faith is always GRITTY!