Sunday Outline – May 14, 2023
This past Sunday, Mother’s Day, our senior Pastor, George Pearsons shared the word as he spoke on “A Legacy of Faith.”
2 Timothy 1:1-5; (KJV)
“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.”
A legacy of faith is the greatest gift a parent can leave their child(ren).
Verse 5 (MSG)
“That precious memory triggers another: your honest faith —and what a rich faith it is, handed down from your grandmother Lois to your mother Eunice, and now to you!”
Paul was well acquainted with this family.
Unfeigned faith is real, pure, and genuine – not phony, fake, or showy.
A great example of unfeigned faith was when Kenneth Hagin said, “I completely and totally trust everything this woman has to say.”
If people can operate in unfeigned faith, there will be people who operate in feigned faith which has no integrity, and no honor in their words.
Pastor George shared the impact that Vinita Copeland (Brother Copeland’s Mom) made on his life. Before he was married, he lived with Vinita and Aubrey Wayne. Periodically, he would wake up in the middle of the night and see the basement light on, and would hear Vinita praying in tongues. This faith was passed down to Brother Copeland, and to “little Terri Copeland.”
Each Monday, Vinita Copeland would teach a Bible study downtown Fort Worth. When she was finished teaching, she would close her Bible and say, “It’s time to minster.” This wasn’t a show, or an act but real and genuine unfeigned faith, and people would receive from the power of God.
This scripture shows us that faith can be passed down from one generation to another — and that Godly mothers and grandmothers play an important role.
2 Timothy 3:14-15 (NKJV)
“But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
Verse 15 (TPT)
Remember what you were taught from your childhood from the Holy Scrolls.
Paul reminded Timothy of what his mother and grandmother taught him.
Much like the Centurion that came to Jesus for his daughter. The Centurion understood the principle of authority, so he said to Jesus, “Speak the command of faith only.” Jesus marveled, as He had not seen faith like this.
“The Need for Godly Grandmothers” by William Barclay
In the early Church, a most honored and responsible position was given to the older women.
E. F. Brown, who was a missionary in India and knew much about Anglo-Indian society relates a most interesting thing. A friend of his on furlough in England was asked: “What is your greatest need in India?” His surprising answer was; “Grandmothers.”
Brown goes on to say: “Older women play a very important role in society. How large a role, one does not realize, until one witnesses a social life from which they are almost absent.”
The older women to whom the years have brought serenity, sympathy and understanding have a vital part to play in the life of the Church.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Many see this verse from the original context as a word of warning. It instructs parents that if they allow their child(ren) to have their own way, they will not depart from that foolishness when they are older.
Pastor George shared that in the raising of Aubrey and Jeremy, there was the imparting of the Word; but also discipline, coupled with correction when they didn’t obey.
Parents have been given the privilege of being stewards of their children’s lives for a very short time, but the teaching and training they provide is eternal.
Both Timothy’s grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice had much to do with how Timothy turned out. Timothy operated with an unfeigned faith. Timothy’s sincerity, genuineness and unassuming way of living marked him as different from others.
Acts 16:1-3a (AMPC)
“And [Paul] went down to Derbe and also to Lystra. A disciple named Timothy was there, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer [she had become convinced that Jesus is the Messiah and the Author of eternal salvation, and yielded obedience to Him]; but [Timothy’s] father was a Greek. He [Timothy] had a good reputation among the brethren at Lystra and Iconium. Paul desired Timothy to go with him [as a missionary];”
Verses 2-4 (TPT)
“Timothy was well known and highly respected among all the believers of Lystra and Iconium.”
Paul recognized God’s favor on Timothy’s life and wanted him to accompany them in ministry.
Paul called Timothy,
“his beloved son and faithful in the Lord”
And was his messenger (1 Corinthians 4:17, 1 Thessalonians 3:2-6).
Timothy stayed with Paul in Rome while he was in prison.
Philippians 1:1, 2:19;
“Paul and Timothy, bond servants of Christ Jesus (the Messiah), to all the saints (God’s consecrated people) in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the bishops (overseers) and deacons (assistants):
But I hope and trust in the Lord Jesus soon to send Timothy to you, so that I may also be encouraged and cheered by learning news of you.”
“Paul, an apostle (special messenger) of Christ Jesus (the Messiah), by the will of God, and Timothy [our] brother,”
“Paul, a prisoner [for the sake] of Christ Jesus (the Messiah), and our brother Timothy, to Philemon our dearly beloved sharer with us in our work,”
Philippians 2:20 (Pastor George’s Combined Translations)
“I have no man so likeminded, so dear to me who will be so genuinely interested in your welfare and will take such good care of you.”
2 Timothy 2:1-2; (NLT)
“Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus. You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.”
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