Read 16: 1 – 5; II Timothy 1: 5; II Timothy 3: 14 – 17
Acts 1-5 He also went to Derbe and Lystra. At Lystra there was a disciple by the name of Timothy whose mother was a Jewish Christian, though his father was a Greek. Timothy was held in high regard by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium, and Paul wanted to take him on as his companion. Everybody knew his father was a Greek, and Paul therefore had him circumcised because of the attitude of the Jews in these places. As they went on their way through the cities they passed on to them for their observance the decisions which had been reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem. Consequently the churches grew stronger and stronger in the faith and their numbers increased daily.
II Timothy 1: 5 I often think of that genuine faith of yours—a faith that first appeared in your grandmother Lois, then in Eunice your mother, and is now, I am convinced, in you as well. Because you have this faith, I now remind you to stir up that inner fire which God gave you at your ordination. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power and love and a sound mind.
II Timothy 3: 14-17 Yet you must go on steadily in all those things that you have learned and which you know are true. Remember from what sort of people your knowledge has come, and how from early childhood your mind has been familiar with the holy scriptures, which can open the mind to the salvation which comes through believing in Christ Jesus.
Conversations ( questions prepared by Samuel Thambusamy)
1) Who are the characters mentioned in the passage? What do we know about them?
2) “ He was well spoken by the believers” (V2). What are the contemporary stories of Children/young people well spoken by believers? Share the faith-stories of children and young people?
3) Timothy’s father was a Greek. If Timothy had attended your Church VBS how would you have responded to Timothy? What would you have told him knowing that his father was not a believer? How do you think Timothy was able to live out his faith even as a child/young adult even though is father was not a believer?
4) Lois (Grandmother) and Eunice (Mother) had a huge influence on Timothy (2 Tim.1: 5) . Christian nurture is to be primarily done in the context of family (Deut 6). What role do you think a VBS teacher/Director can play in joining children on their spiritual journey? Are we usurping the role of parents?
5) How can VBS help parents/church join children in their spiritual journey?
6) What is God telling us through the passage? What are we going to do in response to God’s Word to me today?
I will …..