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You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
(2 Timothy 2:1-7 ESV)
Are you really convinced about what you believe? I don’t mean that as an idle question, nor as a jab against lukewarm Christianity, but as a sincere question.After looking at 2 Timothy 2:1-7, I am posing that question to myself.
Around 70 A.D. Timothy would have been looking for men who would be considered faithful. The meaning here isn’t the more modern one about fidelity, loyalty, and steadfastness; it is the older meaning, literally “full of faith”. Paul charged Timothy to look for men who were fully convinced about the good news that had been preached to them. . These were who Timothy was to entrust with the carrying of the message to others; the same way that Paul had entrusted the message to Timothy.
After giving Timothy these instructions, Paul proceeded to describe three attributes that describe how you should act if you were full of faith and completely sold on the message about Christ Jesus and the grace that you had received.
He should be single-minded like a soldier, who shrugs aside suffering in order to do his duty. Like a soldier, he should have one goal in mind: to obey and please the one who had called him into service. And in pursuit of that goal, a soldier would not let himself be distracted by anything else, no matter its value or worth.
He should be mindful like an athlete, who is careful, both before and during, his competition. The athlete follows a careful training regimen and diet to prepare for his event, and watches his step carefully as he competes. He knows all of his training and effort will be for nothing if he disqualifies himself before finishing his race.
He should be diligent like a farmer, who works hard, acts wisely, and waits patiently. Only the hard work of plowing, sowing, tending, and harvesting will produce the crops that he labors for. He is self-disciplined to perform his tasks at the proper time, and patiently leaves the growth of his crops to God.
In these comparisons, Paul shows Timothy what to look for, and he encourages Timothy to behave this way himself. Paul is building up Timothy for the work of teaching others, in order to spread the message of hope and truth. He ends by instructing Timothy to ponder these examples and to meditate on them, trusting that God who has given His Holy Spirit to them both, will instruct Timothy in all of these things and give him understanding about these examples.
So I invite you to think on these things as well. Consider the three jobs that are described in this passage. Think about how the attributes of these three occupations should be attributes that describe you. And I’d ask you to join with me in examining ourselves. Ask yourself these questions, and use them as a measuring stick to evaluate your behavior. Would Timothy have entrusted me with the teaching of others? Do I live a life that shows I truly believe what I have confessed? Am I a man who is full of faith?
In March., 1836 the Battle of the Alamo took place. Mexican general Santa Anna attacked the missionary outpost killing the nearly 200 men defending the compound. The rallying cry from that battle that led to the removal of Texas from Mexico was “Remember the Alamo”. They were remembering a heroic struggle against impossible odds men sacrificing their lives for freedom. In our everyday lives there are “remembrances” that we participate in. Birthdays, anniversaries, national memorials (remembrances) such as Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, World War II and Vietnam memorials. We remember those who have died before us. We remember their lives lived for the Lord. We remember how we have lived our own personal lives. Has it been a wasted life or one that has been devoted to the Lord? According to Psalms 90:10 our days are numbered. The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years … Many of you are just getting started in your lives and at the same time many are nearing the end of their life on this earth.
But we need to ask ourselves what does Scripture want us to remember? I would like us to think about three remembrances.
* Remember Christ our Salvation.
* Remember Christ our Conqueror.
* Remember Christ our Confidence.
Christ Our Salvation
In 1 Corinthians 11:17-26 Paul reminds us that we are to participate in the Lord’s Supper “doing this in remembrance of me” This time of remembrance is with a view in mind of our Lord Jesus Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. It is a time to refocus ourselves, reset our priorities as we start a new week. Why? Because we are a forgetful people. We need the reminder of the great sacrifice that was made for each one of us by the Lord Jesus who was the perfect, spotless undefiled Lamb of God. The Lord’s Supper can also act as a form of evangelism as a person is reminded of their need for a Savior.
Christ Our Conqueror
Paul in writing to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:8 reminds him that “Jesus Christ … was raised from the dead…” We do not worship or serve a dead person. Jesus Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father. Christ’s resurrection shows us that his death was accepted as payment for our sins by the Father. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 we see that Christ’s resurrection is the foundation for our Christian faith. We are reminded that Jesus conquered death, hell and the grave. God is in control. Do I live a life which shows I believe that Jesus Christ is alive and in control of my life?
Christ Our Confidence
Paul continues in verses 11-18 showing that our confidence is in the Lord. His resurrection is the basis for our confidence. We may die for the Lord but we will live with Him. We may suffer persecution but we will reign with Him. Paul tells Timothy to remind the people of these things. We are to live our lives in complete confidence and abandonment for the Lord. Paul wanted Timothy to exhort the saints to lives that have words that are profitable and will not subvert the hearers. They are to rightly divide the Word of Truth so they can show themselves approved unto God a workman that does not need to be ashamed. And they are to shun wicked, unholy and useless, empty, fruitless babblings.
As we remember Christ who is our salvation, conqueror and confidence may we be encouraged to give our lives whole heartedly unto the work of the Lord.
Please pray with camp concerning these needs and upcoming projects. Needs: mattress covers & folding chairs (contact camp for more information), bedside clocks for lodge rooms. Upcoming projects: Repairs to multi-purpose building roof, finish ceiling on the first floor multi-purpose walk way, pour concrete under new awning at pool, commercial automatic coffee maker, camp wide PA system. Thank you very much for your prayers.
There are a couple of new needs for camp. One is an automatic external defibrillator (AED) for use in a heart emergency. The second need is for purchasing mattress covers that will be water proof and can be disinfected in between each use. Thank you for joining us in prayer concerning these needs.
Camp Hope will have a new week this year called Teen Discipleship. Below is a description for the week and a link to the camp’s web page.
http://camphopega.org/teen-discipleship/. The teachers will be Chris Schroeder and JC Schroeder.
Camp Hope’s new Teen Discipleship week is intended for those who wish to grow closer to the Lord and to develop their personal Christian growth through in-depth Bible study. The goals for the week are to gain a better working knowledge of God’s Word, grow in one’s practical Christian living and develop the ability to use God’s Word in everyday life. Each day of the week will consist of several sessions in the Word of God. Topics which will be covered on a multi-year rotation will be Old and New Testament Survey, Dispensationalism, Cults & World Religions, Apologetics, Discipleship and Hermeneutics (methods of Biblical interpretation). This week will be a time to edify and encourage one another through classroom and individual discussion times and game activities. Camp Hope is looking forward to this new week of summer camp and the potential growth for each camper.
The website has been updated for the 2015 spring/summer season. It is ready for campers to register for Spring Teen Retreat, Father/Son Retreat and the summer camps. We are looking forward to seeing everyone this year.
Spring Teen Retreat March 27-29 David Hollingsworth
Father/Son Retreat April 17-19 Buddy Hughes
Home School May 25-30 Nate Thomas, Paul Bramsen
Junior 1 June 7-13 Nate Thomas
Junior 2 June 15-20 Rex Trogdon
Junior 3 June 21-27 TBA
Teen 1 June 28-July 5 Alan Malchuk
Teen 2 July 5-12 Jon Glock
Teen Discipleship July 12-18 Chris Schroeder, JC Schroeder
Girls Camp July 19-25 Corrie Multiva