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Daily Scripture reading for the week is at the end of the page.           


Dr. June Normil

christian calling and vocation

unit 1 LESSON 3

June 16, 2024

STUDY TEXT:  1 Timothy 2:1-7; 4:14; 6:11-16; 2 Timothy 1:5-7, 13-14


CENTRAL TRUTH: Christian leaders need continual prayer to remain faithful in their calling.

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KEY VERSE:  1 Timothy 4:14 neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by the prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery (KJV).


Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you. (NLT).


LET'S GET STARTED

The word vocation refers to a person's profession or trade and comes from the Latin word for "calling" It's an occupation someone is drawn to and qualified for. The entire Christian life is a response to God's call. What a transformational perspective to have as we walk in the Spirit day by day! We are what we are by the will of God--whether we're parents, children, siblings, friends, teachers, plumbers, businesswomen, engineers, maintenance workers . . . Fill in the blank for your own call! Whatever our vocation, we are called to fulfill our role in faithful service to God. As believers, we should support one another in our various callings, especially through prayer. This world is a battlefield, so we need God's strength and guidance as we engage in doing his will.

Key Takeaways from This Lesson: (1). Vocation is a biblical concept. (2). We can only fulfill our vocation with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. (3) Scripture instructs us to pray for secular and Christian leaders.


  PART 1--Pray for Secular and Church Leaders

Pray for All People and for Church Leaders               1 Timothy 2:1, 3-7

In 1Timothy 2:1 (KJV), Paul exhorted believers using four distinct words for prayer:

(1). Supplications are urgent requests to meet a need. While this term can be slightly more specific than the text, it may also be translated simply as "prayers." (2). Prayers can refer to any petitions addressed to God. (3) Intercessions is a term related to a request made to a high official, like a king in the context of prayers, it chiefly relates to requests made on others' behalf, (3) Giving of thanks is an expression of gratitude toward God.

In His sovereignty, God has given all of His people a meaningful role in His redemptive work: Prayer. Our task is to align our lives and our prayers with His purposes, praying for the harvest and the laborers who bring it in (Matthew 9:37-38).


REACT?  God's desire is that all people would understand the truth and be saved. How is His desire accomplished? What is your role?

 

    Pray for secular Leaders                   1 Timothy 2:2

Praying for "all people" includes one special subset: people who hold positions of authority in the world. For Paul and Timothy, that meant emperor and kings. For us, it means presidents governors, senators, congressional representatives, judges, mayors, school board members, and so on. Agreeing with someone's politics is not a prerequisite for prayer. In fact, the authority figure in Paul's day was the emperor Nero--a hedonistic tyrant under whose reign Paul and Peter were eventually executed. The reason for making supplications, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving for secular leaders is primarily that they may be saved. However, there is another reason. Because of the authority they hold, theses leaders' decisions and actions impact the environment in which God's people carry out the Great Commission. The work of God's people is either helped or hindered by their leadership.


REACT? How did Paul find the motivation to pray for the same authorities who arrested him for spreading the gospel? How do we find the motivation to pray for leaders with whom we may disagree?

 

PART 2- Guard Your Calling and Vocation

Treasure Your Spiritual Heritage                            2 Timothy 1:5

Acts 16:1-3 provides a bit of Timthy's personal history. His father was Greek, and his mother was Jewish. Evidently, his mother Eunice, and his grandmother Lois had come to faith in Jesus when Paul first brought the gospel to Lystra (14:8-20). The believers in that area spoke well of Timothy, and Paul wanted him to join his missionary team. The faith in Christ which "first filled" (2 Timothy 1:5). Lois and Eunice were strong in Timothy also. From his childhood, theses Jewish women had taught Timothy the Old Testament Scriptures, laying the groundwork for him to "receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus" (3:15). Paul told Timothy to treasure that heritage. He was also to be the same kind of teacher for others, transferring the heritage of faithfulness and truth to succeeding generations.


REACT? How important is a solid spiritual heritage? What should a believer do if their family of origin did not provide such a heritage?


Exercise Your spiritual Gifts                          1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6

In these passages, Paul emphasized Timothy's ministerial roles of teaching and preaching. He also made the point no one should look down on Timothy because of his youth and that "God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline," (2 Timothy 1:7). Had Timothy possibly allowed others; doubts about his youth to hamper the exercise of his spiritual gift? Or perhaps Paul had no specific concern but generally wanted to encourage Timothy--as Hebrews 10:25 says we must all do for one another. After all, if Timothy were to neglect his spiritual gift, it would deprive the Ephesian believers of his unique, God-given role in strengthening the community. In 1 Paul's teaching on spiritual gifts is the context for Corinthians 12, Paul 's teaching on spiritual gifts is the context for the powerful image of the Church as the body of Christ. Each member's gift is necessary for the Body to function fully.  God bestows gifts as He sees fit, so no gift is superior or inferior. All believers, not just ministers, must exercise their spiritual gifts for the good of the whole.

REACT? Lists and descriptions of various spiritual gifts can be found in Romans 12:6-8 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, and Ephesians 4:11-13, What spiritual gift (s) has God given you? How are you gifts to strengthen the body of Christ?


Part 3--Fight to Be Faithful

Fight with a Sure Hope                            1 Timothy 6:12-16

Paul's working in 1 Timothy 6:12-16 may be related to either warfare or the athletic arena. Either way, the focus is on the contest, the battle, the struggle of faith. Timothy was encouraged to fight to be faithful, and so must we. God's timing is impeccable. He gave His message of good news in Christ to the would "at just the right time." The same wording appears here concerning the Second Coming (6:15). We join with believers through the ages in praying, "Even so, come, Lord Jesus" (Revelation 22:20). One day soon--at just the right time--our Lord will return in unimaginable splendor and His righteous reign will never end! Meanwhile, we fight the good fight and hold tightly to God's promise of eternal life.


REACT? If the Christian life is a struggle, what makes it worth the fight?


      Fight by the Spirit's Power                     2 Timothy 1:13-14

Timothy had been given a firm scriptural foundation, had received salvation, and had been trained under the teaching of Paul. Gifted by the Holy Spirit to preach and tach that truth, Tomothy was charged with carefully guarding the god deposit entrusted to him. How must Timothy guard this trust?" "Through the power of the Holy Spirit. When Paul wrote, "Be filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18), his word choice indicated this was not to be a one-time event but an ongoing experience. We are to keep on being filled with the Spirit. We are to keep on being filled with the Spirit. We need His empowerment presence daily.


REACT? How can we "Carefully guard the precious truth" (2 Timothy 1:14)?



WHAT IS GOD SAYING TO US?

Pray. Guard. Fight. Th three verbs in this lesson's section titles illustrate the reality that there is an important battle underway. We have something to protect, but we can't do it in our own power. This is not an individual war. We're in this together. God has unified us for this purpose, so our variety of gifts and vocations come together to build up the Body for carrying out. His mission. Let's commit to drawing on all the resources He offers by praying for each other and seeking the Spirit's presence and power.


LIVING IT OUT. 

                                    (1). Make a list of leaders--both secular and in the church--to pray for this week. (2).

Thank God for your spiritual heritage, whether it's long or short. If you are able, personally thank someone who has contributed to it. (3). begin each day by inviting the Holy Spirit to fill, empower, and use you for God's purposes.

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DAILY BIBLE READING


                  Monday:  Recognize and Commission. Numbers 27:12-23

                              Tuesday: See Leaders from God's Perspective. 1 Samuel 16:4-13

       Wednesday: Yield to God's Direction. Jonah 1:1-10

             Thursday: Christ's Call turns the Tables. Mark 2:13-22

                           Friday: Priorities for Christian Leaders. Luke 9:57 through 10:3

                      Saturday: Provide for Church Leaders. 1 Corinthians 9:1-10


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