We are to treat the gift of the Holy Spirit like a Sacred Flame that must be kindled by courage not quenched by fear.
2 Timothy is the last New Testament letter Paul wrote and is unique in light of the timing and context in which he wrote it. Paul, a faithful and fearless gospel preacher, wrote from prison as he awaited his execution. Paul had fought the good fight and had finished his race well (4:6-8). 2 Timothy was written to help Timothy (and every follower of Jesus) do as Paul did: run well and finish well. 2 Timothy is a call to faithful endurance in the face of the suffering and opposition that inevitably come to those who love Jesus and love lost sinners enough to go on boldly living and speaking the gospel. In many ways 2 Tim. 1-7 is meant to provide a strong dose of personal encouragement that will motivate Timothy to live out everything Paul will say in the rest of the letter. And with this personal encouragement also came the challenging reminder that we have received a gift and that we have a responsibility to make full use of that gift. God gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit and has called us to treat the Spirit like a sacred flame that must be kindled by courage not quenched by fear.
Sermon Title: "The Believer’s Power for Gospel Work"
Text: 2 Timothy 1:1-7
Preacher: Pastor Brandon Bellomo