by Jonathan Bailey
Kori and I are excited to have you all over on Thursday night! I am going to be leading the discussion so I have provided some scripture and talking points for everyone to look over before Thursday.
2 Timothy 1.6-10
6 For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love anddiscipline. 8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God,
9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity,
10 but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,
Paul encourages Timothy to kindle afresh the gift God has given him. How do we kindle God’s gift? What is God’s gift?
Verse 1.9 reads ‘not according to our works.’ How do we differentiate between works & kindling?
My Kindling Idea
Praying the Psalms Aloud.
“The Scriptures, read and prayed, are our primary and normative access to God as He reveals Himself to us. The Scriptures are our listening post for learning the language of the soul…they also provide the vocabulary and grammar that are appropriate for us as we in our turn speak to God. Prayer detached from scripture, from listening to God, disconnected from listening to God’s word to us, short circuits the relational language that is prayer.”
That is why we pray what we read. Prayer is the way we work our way out of the comfortable but cramped world of self and into the self-denying but spacious world of God. It’s getting rid of self so we can be all soul–God aware, God-dimensioned.”
Eat This Book
Psalm 100: Thanksgiving
Psalm 51: Repentance
Psalm 148: Praise and Thankfulness
Psalm 62.5-8: Resting in God