Girl, Gospel, Go | Day Eight Answers
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“...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 ASHAMED of the TESTIMONY of our Lord, but SHARE in the SUFFERING for the GOSPEL by the POWER 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?
Saved, Called, Gave, Manifested, Abolished, Appointed
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.]
The Lord ultimately saves us through sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the Cross for our sins. We couldn’t pay the price for our own sins. Christ’s perfect blood spilled, once and for all, paid off our tab of sin. We are now seen as perfect before God if we ask to be forgiven!
We are saved to have a relationship with Jesus again. When sin entered the world through Adam and Eve, sin was brought into the world for all of mankind. Through Jesus dying on the Cross and rising from the dead three days later, His death conquered sin forevermore.
The Lord saves us from an eternity of Hell, ourselves, sin, and disobedience.
We were saved to live in right relationship with the Lord, live holy as He is holy, and tell others about His Gospel!
+ 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 called to live a good work until Christ appears again. We are called to be image-bearers, disciple-makers, and kingdom-shakers!
Through the command of the Great Commission, we are charged with the joy and honor of telling others about Christ’s death and resurrection. We all do this in various ways, but the heart of our life’s call is to be a disciple who makes disciple.
+ 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]
Grace is receiving what we don’t deserve. It is a gift from God—we cannot earn it nor work for it.
Our sin disqualifies us from perfection. As hard as we try, we will never be perfect, holy, and spotless on our own. Therefore, we need a perfect, holy, and spotless God to pay the price of our wrongdoing!
It’s a fact: Jesus chose us before the world was made to live out His purpose. This knowledge should impact everything in our lives.
+ 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?
Manifest means “to be easily understood or recognized by the mind.” The Lord’s grace is easily understood by Christ’s death on the Cross.
The Lord fulfilled the Old Testament Covenant requiring animal’s blood as the penalty of death. Instead of the High Priest sacrificing animals annually, Jesus’ death and resurrection paid the price for sin once and for all.
Jesus didn’t have to die. But, His death made a way for mankind to have a relationship with the Lord again. Otherwise, we would be eternally separated from His presence.
+ 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?
Abolished means “to completely do away with something.”
I think of slavery being abolished.
Jesus abolished death by conquering it on the Cross. We have access to eternal life in Him!
We can choose to live free from things bringing death in our lives—sin, disobedience, and unholiness.
+ 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 the Good News of Jesus Christ dying on the Cross for our sins, rising from the dead three days later, and making a way for us to have a relationship with The Lord.
Through the Gospel, we have immortality through living eternally with Christ!
If Jesus didn’t conquer death, we would have no victory over sin, death, and in anything!
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.
A preacher is someone who delivers a sermon and publicly proclaims or teaches about Christ.
An apostle was someone who walked with Jesus in the days of the early Christian church.
A teacher is someone who explains how to do something—in this instance, Paul taught about Jesus, discipleship, and the Gospel.
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.