Summary: Paul encourages Timothy to live the legacy of his heritage and how we too must live out our faith by the influence we have on others.
Gold Medal Living
Legacy of a Champion
Intro: Relay analogy; Passing the baton; One generation reaching into the next.
**PP- Picture of Baton Race
Examples from scripture: Moses to Joshua (Deut. 31:2-3)
David to Solomon (I Chron. 29:22-23)
Paul to Timothy
• Timothy from Lystra and may have been converted
on Paul’s trip there recorded in Act 14:6-23.
• Paul refers to Timothy as a child in the faith; meaning Paul probably was instrumental in Timothy’s conversion
• Timothy accompanied Paul on his trips
• Paul lists Timothy as a co-author of six of his letters
• 2 Timothy is Paul’s last letter, written from Rome shortly before his death, Fall 67 A.D.
I. Paul’s Remembrance
“Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.”
II Timothy 1:4-5(NIV)
Paul recounts for Timothy his joy over the heritage of faith passed from Timothy’s grandmother Lois and mother Eunice.
The greatest gift a parent can give is a foundation of faith.
Parents are pointed out in scripture to diligently teach their children the things of God.
“Love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children.”
Deuteronomy 6:5-7A (NIV)
“Parents, do not treat your children in such a way as to make them angry. Instead, raise them with Christian discipline and instruction.”
Ephesians 6:4(Toady’s English Version)
A Godly legacy begins at home.
** Story of Kip Keino
1968 Olympics- Mexico City, Kip Keino ran 10,000 meters suffering from a gall bladder infection. Stumbled and fell into infield and was disqualified; although he got up and finished the race.
On day of 1,500 meters, he had to jog two miles to the stadium because of a traffic jam. He won the race over world record holder Jim Ryun.
In 1982, Keino and his wife began to adopt the neediest children. Their goal was to create a home for 25 children. Today they have 86 kids and they always have room for one more abused or abandoned child at their Kip Keino Children’s home.
“This one’s a doctor in Nairobi. She’s an accountant in town with three beautiful babies. These two are with the police. This whole row is studying at universities in the States,” he says, touching each of the photos.
He houses them, feeds, educates and loves them until they too join the photo gallery, becoming examples for the next generation of unwanted children who show up at his door. “My mother died when I was 3,” he explains. “I don’t want anyone else to grow up with that problem. I can’t help everyone, but I do what is within my ability.”
“If I invest in those who need assistance, it’s an achievement to live together.”
II. Paul’s Charge
Paul challenges Timothy to pass on the life of faith.
“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men to teach others.”