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This is my Story

July 26, 2015

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Rachel Billups

There's power in a story.  Jesus knew it - using word pictures and stories day in and day out to describe the hope of redemption with a weary world.  It's been said that the world isn't made of atoms, rather it's made of stories - individual lives that all deeply matter to God. 

Your life is a story - a not-yet-finished, possibly messed-up-and-broken story. Our good news is that at any moment we have the power to say this is NOT how the story is going to end!

This weekend as we gather for a new series of worship messages, let's explore the power of a fresh page and open hearts. See you in worship this weekend at Ginghamsburg.

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Today's Focus

2 Timothy 1:3-5 & Acts 16:1-5   

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Hand Over the Pen

Past and present relationships are often fuel for the flames of our faith. This week let’s explore who and what have infused fresh oxygen into our life’s story.  Daily devotionals that accompany each day's reading are also available on Facebook. They are created by a great Ginghamsburg unpaid servant team. You do not have to be a Facebook user to access them. View here.
Day 1: Read 2 Timothy 1:1-18
Why did Paul write to Timothy? What inspires you in this letter? Recall an inspiring letter you received. Why was it inspiring? What kind of inspiring letters have you written? What makes letters valuable? Revisit old letters/emails to look for inspiration. Write one.
Day 2: Read 2 Timothy 1:3; Hebrews 11
As part of the Jewish culture do you think Timothy considered these people to be his ancestors? Do you consider these ancients to be your ancestors? Why? What inspires you about these people’s stories? Did they receive their promise? What promises motivate you?
Day 3: Read 2 Timothy 1:5: Judges 13
What family members shaped Timothy’s faith? What family member’s shaped Samson’s? How were they involved? How has family shaped your story: good and bad?
Day 4: Read 2 Timothy 1:4; John 1:43-51
Describe the power of friendship: good and bad. How was friendship involved in the calling of the disciples? Describe longing for a friend as Paul longs for Timothy. How do friends influence you whether they are near or far? Describe a friend’s story that fans your flame of faith.
Day 5: Read 2 Timothy 1:6; John 1:35-42
Describe the good and bad aspects of mentorship. How was mentorship involved in the calling of the disciples? Describe a mentor relationship you’ve had or one of which you’ve heard. How has a mentor helped fan your flame? Pray about being a mentor.
Day 6: Read Acts 6:1-5
Describe the good and bad aspects of Timothy traveling on this “promotional tour” with Paul. Why was Paul dedicated to “Jesus media tours”? How has a book/musician/speaker inspired you? Describe how media or events are useful in fanning the flames of Christianity.
Day 7: Read 2 Timothy 1:6-14; John 1:29-34
When did you first hear Jesus’ story? What drew you to him? How has a relationship with Jesus fanned the flames of your faith? Describe your story in which you suffered for faith in Jesus. Ask Jesus for help to recognize, release and embrace his writing of your whole story today.
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Sermon Transcript

2 Timothy 1:3-5 & Acts 16:1-5 / Rachel Billups / July 25 & 26, 2015 

THIS IS MY STORY: Hand Over the Pen

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