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Talk It Over - November 29, 2020

Letters of Encouragement

Scripture Passages

hebrews 3:13

13 But encourage each other daily, while it is still called today, so that none of you is hardened by sin’s deception.

2 Timothy 1:1-12

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will, for the sake of the promise of life in Christ Jesus:

To Timothy, my dearly loved son.

Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience as my ancestors did, when I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day. Remembering your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. I recall your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and now, I am convinced, is in you also.

Therefore, I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.

So don’t be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, or of me his prisoner. Instead, share in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God. He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began. 10 This has now been made evident through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who has abolished death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11 For this gospel I was appointed a herald, apostle, and teacher, 12 and that is why I suffer these things. But I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day.

Reflect on the Verses

Take a moment to read through the passage slowly. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you through it.

Is there a word or phrase that God is drawing to your attention? What is He saying to you through these texts?

Engage with the Message

  • What stood out to you from the Scripture passage and/or this week's message?

  • In what ways is God challenging you and/or encouraging you through the message?

  • Why is encouragement so important? When have you experienced encouragement that has helped you get through a difficult season or take a risk?

  • In what situations have you experienced encouragement from Scripture? In what ways have you experienced encouragement through the Spirit? When have you experienced encouragement from other people?

  • In his letter, Paul was encouraging Timothy to remain faithful and teach truth while false teaching was spreading in his context. In what was can be be drawn into beliefs that are contrary to the gospel? How can we ensure that we stay faithful to the truth within our context?

  • Why do we struggle so much with "being different"? How can we become more comfortable with that feeling of not fitting in when our commitment to Christ leads us live differently from others?

  • Who do you know that has been a catalyst for positive change in a practical way? What motivated them to act in this way?

  • Who is God calling you to encourage? What is a practical way you can do that this week?

Advent Resources

This week is the first week of Advent! As we move into the Christmas season this year, our hearts need to connect with the realities of God's hope, peace, joy and love more than ever. We've put together a resource to help you draw closer to God in this season. Check it out here: