Studies

Remembrance

Derek McCammonThis study on Remembrance is inspired by Paul's last letter 2 Timothy, which was written shortly before going to the guillotine.  This makes the message important to us even today. Paul puts Timothy in remembrance of those he is serving and reminds him that Paul also keeps him and the other believers in remembrance always. Life has many choices, but eternity has only two. 

Lessons

This lesson was taught on January 8, 2012 and again points out that life has many choices, but eternity has only two. This applies to everyone. This study is about "remembrance."  There are things we are to remember and things we are to put behind us. Paul advised us in this his final letter that we are to remember the saints without ceasing, keeping them in prayer and encouraging them along the way. Scripture reading is 2 Timothy 1:1-6 KJV: "1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,

This lesson was taught on January 15, 2012 and emphasizes that "the fight is on." The world tells us more and more that the road is wide, but the Bible teaches that "narrow is the way." The only way to heaven is Jesus. Paul again puts us in remembrance that we should not be ashamed of his testimony--his gospel, and that we should pray for the saints. The enemy is attacking on all fronts and we should always seek to find the truth. Scripture reading is 2 Timothy 1:6-14 KJV: "6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. 7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

This lesson was given January 22, 2012 and continues with the theme of "Remembrance." This is important information for us because it's the last letter of the prison epistles, the last letter of the mystery--God's sacred secret to the Gentiles. Paul is sending a letter of encouragement to Timothy because he realized that discouragement is the devil's greatest tool. We, too, as christians become discouraged and need to show love and encouragement to one another. Scripture reading is 2 Timothy 1:12 through 2:2 KJV: "12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. 13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.

This lesson was taught on January 29, 2012. The scripture reading is 2 Timothy 2:1-10 KJV: "1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. 6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. 7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

This lesson was taught on February 5, 2012 where Paul reminds Timothy that Christ was raised from the dead acording to "my" gospel.  Paul was specifically called by God unto a certain ministry. He admonished Timothy to not only learn, but to teach others who will also go out in the world spreading this gospel. The scripture reading is 2 Timothy 2:7-10 KJV: "7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things. 8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: 9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound. 10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory."

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