2 Timothy 1:1-7

The book of 2 Timothy, the second of the three "pastoral epistles" begins powerfully with a picture of heart attitudes experiencing real/vibrant/true Christian community.  Paul describes his service as done with a clear conscience, a longing to be with his brothers and sisters and a sincere faith (as opposed to a "faith" motivated by "godliness for gain" as described in 1 Tim 6).  He charges Timothy to kindle afresh his spiritual gifts for service by laying on hands…and serving not timidly but in the power, love and discipline of God.  Lord create in me a heart and a boldness for this kind of fellowship and service.

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