Girl, Gospel, Go | Day Eight
Day Eight | The Lord’s Power | To type in your answers to today’s study, click here.
“...who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began…” [2 Tim. 1:9-10]
Hopefully looking at other countries who face imprisonment or death threats for their relationship with Jesus makes it easier to stand up for Christ in math class. A laugh or ridicule stings, but it pales in comparison to the physical harm people daily endure for the Gospel.
Spend some time thanking the Lord for equipping us to live out the call he places on our lives. Thank Him for the power we receive through Him!
Before continue reading in 2 Timothy, fill-in the blanks below from yesterday.
Do not be ________________ of the _______________ of our Lord, but _________ in the _____________________ for the ______________ by the ____________ of God.
Continue reading 2 Timothy 1:9-12. Circle all the verbs within these verses.
What verbs are used to describe the actions the Lord took in bringing the Gospel to mankind?
Let’s look at these a little deeper.
+ God saved us (v. 9)
How does God save us? Why are we saved? What are we saved from? What are we saved to? [Stumped? Read Romans 10:8-13.]
+ We are called to a holy calling. (v. 9)
What does He call us to? How do we live out a holy calling? [Stumped? Philippians 1:6 and Matthew 28:18-20]
+ We are saved by Christ’s purpose and grace, not our works (v. 9)
What is grace? Why can’t we earn our salvation? How does knowing the Lord chose to use us before the world was made help you daily live out his purpose for your life? [Stumped? Look up Ephesians 2:8-9 and Titus 3:5]
+ God’s purpose manifested in the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus (v. 10)
What does manifested mean? When Christ appeared, how did it fulfill God’s purpose? Why did Jesus have to come to earth and die on the Cross?
+ Jesus abolished death (v. 10)
What does abolished mean? What do you think of when you hear this word? How did Christ abolish death? How does this affect our lives today?
+ Jesus brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel (v. 10)
How would you define the Gospel? What type of immortality do we have? Why is it important Jesus conquered death?
The Gospel is why Paul suffered. He believed Jesus saved him and called him to tell the world about the Gospel. It resulted in his imprisonment but gave freedom to billions of people around the globe--spanning centuries and generations. All the way to us today!
Paul didn’t see following Jesus as a one-time decision at church camp or accepting Jesus at VBS. His life radically changed in the big, but also the small. It even affected the titles and callings in his life.
Below each description, write a definition of these titles and how Paul lived them out.
Is the Gospel this sweet to you? Why or why not?
Not everyone is called to go into ministry, but everyone is called to be a disciple and witness of Christ’s love. Sometimes the biggest hindrance to living out the Gospel is simply living without awareness of its goodness.
Therefore, which aspects of the Good News do you need to be the most reminded of today?
You are saved by God.
You are called to a holy calling.
Before the world was made, God’s grace and purpose were working on your behalf.
The Gospel is manifest in the appearing of our Savior
Jesus abolished death
Jesus brought life
Jesus brought immortality to light through the Gospel.
Think through why you’ve lost sight of this truth and why you need it.
What are two tangible steps you can take to claim these truths this week?
End your time confessing your lack of awareness of the Gospel in your everyday life. Ask the Lord to give you an opportunity to share with someone the hope you have in Christ.
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