One of the most important ways we learn about God and his ways is by observing people and thinking about the meaning of their lives. Sometimes we remember an entire story in one name (“ancestors” 1:3). Other times, we must be more deliberate and make intentional connections (Lois and Eunice 1:5). Still other times, we are our own role models--this happens when someone reminds us who we truly are and challenges us to continue becoming that (2 Timothy).

This came up--in a sideways manner--at CE committee last night. We are working on our committee mission statement. One phrase (“individuals, friends, and families”) puts emphasis on Christ-followers as communities. I found it fascinating that some on the committee could not get past individualism. We are so terribly Western and that “westernness” misses some of what God is about, for he is not gathering a group of individuals. Rather, he is forming a people.

Is it possible that we only truly grow together?

2 Timothy 1:3-5
2 Timothy 1:11-13
2 Timothy 1:15-18
2 Timothy 2:16-18
2 Timothy 3:10-11
2 Timothy 3:14-15
2 Timothy 4:6-8
2 Timothy 4:10-18


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