I have been reading Guder’s Missional Church and two notions have struck me deeply. First, the church is a Missional community. Everything we are and do must focus on our mission [Tangent: What is our mission? More on that later...] Second, when we study Scripture—and this book camps on studying Scripture—we must do so with a Missional hermeneutic that asks (among other things), “How does this passage prepare us for mission?”
As I asked this question of today’s passage, I found the (tentative) answer clear and unclear:
Second Timothy 1:13-2:7 contains practices and illustrations that describe what it looks like to be a missionary who is not ashamed but suffers together.
This answer raised other questions:
- How does that look at TFB?
- How does that look in the college group?
- How does that look in me?
- What does it mean at BIOLA, Boeing, Starbucks, Aerospace, Linens N Things, Thermotest, Torrance Bakery, El Camino, USC, Cal Poly SLO, CSULB, Point Loma, and a host of other places where we live, work, and play?
- What does it look like to not be ashamed in our Southern California culture?
- What does it look like to suffer together in our Southern California culture?
There is more, I am sure. For now, I think it wise to obey the command in verse seven. It will be interesting to see what God brings up.
2 Timothy 1:13-2:7
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