(sermon by Andrew Allison)
The church has always been the best and healthiest when it has its eye on the next generation of leaders – old and young working together. We are the church of today when generations gather together.
This is a letter written by Paul to Timothy, a young leader. Paul knew how to call leadership out of Timothy before Timothy knew it was in him. “Timothy, my true son in the faith.”
“Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. (vs.2)
Grace – what God gives you that you don’t deserve. God’s kindness in the future.
Mercy – punishment you do deserve that you don’t get. God’s answer for the past.
Peace – when you have past and future secure by God’s mercy and grace, you have peace.
Leadership is not commanding others to do what you want them to do. Leadership is about grace, mercy and peace. The whole strategy around Timothy dealing with things in Ephesus was based on grace, mercy and peace. He’s going to lead the same way, he was saved – by grace, mercy and peace.
God’s confidence in leadership always comes with humility – living genuinely with a pure heart, good conscience and sincere faith. (vs.5)
You don’t find grace, mercy and peace by keeping the law, rather through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
What’s the rule for us now?
What’s the Gospel message?
God has made life good.
God made it good, we messed up and brought a curse onto ourselves. Jesus reversed the curse and now it’s good. Humans ruined it. God fixed it. We’re good.
God loves you and the rest is detail.
May grace, mercy and peace capture your day. (What a beautiful blessing to give others)