Scripture:
2 Timothy 3:14-17; 4:1-5
Tue, 29 August 2023

Through Authentic Discipleship and Intentional Disciplemaking

Observation:

What are the various references in these passages to God’s Word and the
ministry of the Word?

Deeper Reflection
The Apostle Paul was a great mentor and discipled Timothy with love and wisdom. However, there were two other very important persons in Timothy’s life as he was growing up from a little boy into a youth and young adult. Consider Paul’s words in his second letter to Timothy: “…knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings…” (vv.14-15). From whom did Timothy learn the Old Testament Scriptures since his early childhood? Paul was referring to Timothy’s grandmother Lois and mother Eunice (2 Tim 1:5).Paul probably first encountered Lois and Eunice during his first missionary journey to Lystra between AD 46-47.72 When the apostle taught the people there that Jesus was Israel’s Messiah, Lois and Eunice believed and were converted. Thereafter they grew a “sincere faith” in Jesus (2 Tim 1:5). Theirs was an authentic discipleship! When Paul first encountered Timothy, the young man was already a disciple of Christ and showing much potential (Acts 16:1-2). Prior to Paul, who discipled Timothy? We can safely assume that they were his mother Eunice and grandmother Lois. Through their care and instruction at home, they ensured that from childhood Timothy knew the Old Testament Scriptures. After their conversion, Eunice and Lois would have taught the young adult Timothy how the Scriptures pointed to Jesus Christ, with the result that Timothy believed and grew in his knowledge of the Lord. The work of intentional disciplemaking!Timothy himself exemplified authentic discipleship (2 Tim 3:10-11a) and was to persevere in intentional disciplemaking by faithfully preaching and accurately teaching God’s Word in Ephesus (2 Tim 4:1-5).
72 See Acts 14:1-7 cf. 16:1; https://www.esv.org/resources/esv-global-study-bible/chart-44-06/
Application:

How foundational and central is God’s Word in my discipleship and
disciplemaking?

Prayer:
Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for pastors and staff: To keep growing in authentic discipleship and intentional disciplemaking
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for those in need
  • Pray for self
 

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Daily Devo
Daily Devotional Journal
Scripture:
Matthew 28:16-20; John 3:34-36
Tue, 3 October 2023

The One with Supreme Authority

Observation:

Why did Jesus say to His disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me” (v.18)?

Deeper Reflection
Verse 18 could be said to be the central premise of Christian discipleship and disciplemaking: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me [i.e. Jesus].” Jesus’ authority is clearly in focus when we read the accounts of His teaching and miracles. For example, when Jesus taught the crowds about God’s Kingdom and its radical righteousness (Matt 5-7; 7:28-29), healed a man of paralysis and terrible pain (Matt 8:5-10, 13), stilled a great windstorm out at sea (Matt 8:23-27), cast out many demons from two men (Matt 8:28-32) and forgave a paralytic’s sins (Matt 9:1-8).“All authority in heaven and on earth” means that Jesus’ authority is supreme and all-encompassing. There is no realm of creation nor sphere of life that lies outside of His authority. Whoever has the highest authority has the final say. The words of the One who has the final say must count the most in any major decision that we make. For a Christian, the Lord Jesus has the final say in all of one’s major life questions about meaning, purpose and direction.Based on His authority, Jesus gave the Great Commission to all His disciples in every nation and generation, commanding them to “make disciples of all nations” (vv.19-20). As such, we are to respond in reverent fear and obedience to Jesus. At the same time, we can walk in full confidence as we go about doing our part in fulfilling the divine mandate, strengthened and comforted by the fact that Jesus is always with us by His Spirit until His Second Coming when we will see Him face to face.
Application:

How does the fact that Jesus has “all authority in heaven and on earth” affect the way I receive His commands and the way I conduct my life?

Prayer:
Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for pastors and staff: To follow and obey Jesus Christ as their ultimate leader and the Head of the Church, so that their lives and works will bring glory to God alone
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for those in need
  • Pray for self

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