This is my Story: Investing in the Next Generation

This is my Story

August 09, 2015

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When God begins to write your story the results just may exceed your expectations. Soon the overflow begins infusing others with that same life, writing the best chapter of all. This "pass it on" mentality is actually part of God's greater story--the rhythm of discipleship. Come, take a closer look this weekend at what it means to step into someone else's story and realize the fullest potential of your own. 

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Today's Focus

1 Timothy 4:11-16 

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This Is My Story

Each generation has an obligation to the generations that follow. Whether through active relational participation or through demonstrating healthy life behaviors, we are called to step up and step into the lives of the next generation.  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 1 Timothy 4:11; 1 Timothy 4:1-16
Is 1 Timothy 4:11 an option? What are these things that should be taught? (Hint: verse 6) How do you train in godliness? What value do you gain from the training? Describe a time when you didn’t want to engage but later recognized the value of that experience. 
Day 2: Read 1 Timothy 4:12; Luke 2:41-48
Describe teaching someone a skill. What did you learn as a teacher? Describe when someone younger taught you a skill. What makes it hard for a younger teacher? For an older student? Why is setting an example for believers, in each of the five ways, important?
Day 3: Read 1 Timothy 4:13; Matthew 24:42-51
How do you live out 1 Timothy 4:13? Why would Paul exhort Timothy to do this “until he comes”? When did you stop doing something because you heard someone was coming? How did you spend that time? What did Jesus ask us to do until his return?
Day 4: Read 1 Timothy 4:14; Matthew 25:14-30 (Use ESV/NASB)
What talents/skills do you have? How do you use them? Just like the talents (bags of gold) entrusted to the servants, what happens to talents/skills if neglected? If used? How have you seen “talents” used in strength/weakness to benefit/hurt others?
Day 5: Read 1 Timothy 4:15; Hebrews 6:9-12
What does it mean to be diligent? To what matters should you be diligent? Why should you give yourself wholly to these matters? In what ways can others see progress or regression in your devotion?
Day 6: Read 1 Timothy 4:16; 2 Timothy 4:1-8
How can watching your life and doctrine daily be made into practical life habits? Why is focusing on your own spiritual practices a way to save yourself and your hearers? Name the hearers of your life. How could you expand your circle of life hearers?
Day 7: Read 1 Timothy 4:1-16
What is your main message from studying this week? What generational issues do you see in the church today? How is God calling you to invest in every generation in the church? How will you act on that call?

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1 Timothy 4:11-16 / Chris Freeman / August 8 & 9, 2015      

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