Johnston: The Last Lecture
Fr. Bob Johnston (email)
This week we started the sermon series titled, “The Last Lecture.” It is a series focusing on 2 Timothy. The work is attributed to St. Paul. The book positions St. Paul in prison writing a farewell address to his beloved disciple Timothy. It is a passionate appeal by the great Apostle that his work continue beyond his death through generations of disciples. Whether you attend in person or listen to the podcasts, we hope you will join us for the 8-week series. Our prayer is that you will use this as an occasion to study the Bible yourself.
To help you study the Bible this week, I want to offer a few thoughts and questions about the verses that we considered Sunday.
Read 2 Timothy 1:1-2: Paul references the “promise of life.” What is the promise of life? How do we know and experience the fullness of life in Christ?
Read 2 Timothy 1:3: Paul mentions that he is constantly praying for Timothy. St. Monica is said to have prayed for many years for her son to convert. He eventually did, and became known in time as St. Augustine. Prayer often leads the way. Who are we praying to find Christ on a regular basis? S
Read 2 Timothy 1:4: Paul mentions Timothy’s tears and describes his future joy in seeing him. Elsewhere, Paul encourages others to weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice. Romans 8. How have we allowed our hearts to go out fully to others in a way that would lead us to tears in saying goodbye? Are we sharing life?
Read 2 Timothy 1:5: Paul reviews how Timothy’s grandmother and mother passed faith to him. Who has been a spiritual father or mother to you? Who are you helping along on the spiritual journey today?
Read 2 Timothy 1:6: Paul admonishes Timothy to rekindle the fire with respect to a spiritual gift. Do we know what spiritual gifs we have been given? Do we need our fire rekindled? What can be done to help us grow?
Read 2 Timothy 1:7: Paul references the Spirit of power, love, an self-control. How do we experience the Spirit on our own lives?