connect to resurrection: enliven


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Happy Eastertide! We are still in our series Connect to Resurrection. It is our hope that you are experiencing the newness of life that Jesus shared with his disciples as they waited for the coming of the Spirit. They had to overcome all sorts of obstacles, numerous questions, and resist the temptation to return there normal life. We have the same struggles as we wait upon the Lord. It is most profound when we are beset with problems, when we cannot see a purpose, and when we want to give up. In the sermon Enliven, we turn to 2 Timothy 1:5-14. There is no doubt that Timothy is considering giving up, his life was difficult with very little support. His passion for the gospel is at a low point. Paul is writing to encourage him, and infuse his faith and spirit with renewed strength. There is beauty to these words because Paul does not condemn or belittle Timothy for being at this low point, instead, he points Timothy to resources that can lift him. Paul obviously knows Timothy’s family and reminds him of the heritage of his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice. Paul reminds him of these two steadfast women who loved him, not to show him how far he had fallen, but to remind him of the power of a living faith. By the power of the Holy Spirit, these are not just for a struggling evangelist, but for every believer who needs the strength to follow our Lord and Savior. We pray that you will not give into the spirit of fear, but you will begin to glow with the power of God’s presence in Jesus Christ as you read 2 Timothy 1:5-14.

 2 Timothy 1:5-14 I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. 9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life– not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11 And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. 12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day. 13 What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 14 Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you– guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. (NIV)