Beyond the Weekend

April 29 | Four Generations

April 29, 2024

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. 2 Timothy 2:2

Read: 2 Timothy 2:1-7
Listen: 2 Timothy 2

Paul writes a letter to the young Timothy, encouraging him to maintain the faith and multiply that faith in the lives of others. Paul has mentored Timothy to multiply disciples. Timothy has traveled around the Mediterranean world with Paul hearing his sermons and witnessing the consistent follow-up and teaching to those who responded to the gospel and believed. Paul passes on what he knows to Timothy, who passes it on to those he teaches, who then pass it on to others. That is four generations of tellers and teachers.

This multiplication method is what God uses to spread the good news of the gospel. Jesus provides the first example. He teaches and trains his disciples and then commissions them to go teach and train others (Matthew 28:18-20). This commission and challenge are for us today, too. One generation of Jesus’s followers is to pass along the good news and train the next generation to live out their faith. This generation shares the good news with the next, and so on. Our spiritual growth should overflow and impact those around us.

TODAY: Who is God calling you to share Jesus with? Who can you help grow in faith? Pray and ask God to show you the next step. Write in your journal or mobile device any names God brings to mind. Pray for those people and then begin investing in their spiritual growth. It could be sharing the gospel, inviting them to church or meeting one-on-one for conversation to talk about the Bible.


JESUS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT:

Read Exodus 33-34. Highlight anything that points to Jesus.

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