by Marcia Mount Shoop
2 Timothy 1:1-14
“God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and love and self-discipline. The discomfort and suffering that comes when we stretch into the challenges of being a community of faith–those are signs that we are fully alive and engaged in the life God made us to live.
We are not made for stasis or for the status quo, we are made for transformation, we are built for change. Our bodies are constantly shedding, flushing, changing, letting go and regenerating. Those are the elemental skills we are called to trust in times like these.
And then Timothy is told something that can be so easy to forget in hard times–the community, the life of faith, that difficult stretches–those are actually treasures. Those are the places where the sound teachings and the belief and the holy imagination that faith gifts us with–that’s where they get to be fully used.”
Watch the full GCPC service on 10/2/22 here
(Scripture and sermon begin at 39:50)