January 22, 2020

Today you should read: 2 Timothy 4:1-8

Paul’s words in these verses sound very familiar to us. I think they are so familiar because it describes a lot of the world around us. We live in the “Bible Belt” where casual Christians are immensely prevalent. These people tend to settle into church environments where they won’t be challenged, rebuked, or shown truth that comes from the Bible. They find teachers who, as Paul says in verse 3, “suit their own passions.” This causes them to no longer listen to anyone who may interfere with their life even if they are living in sin.

This may sound judgmental of me, but Paul first mentions in verse 1 how God and Jesus are the only ones to judge, but instead we should preach the Word, reprove, rebuke, and exhort those who claim faith, but are not living it out (verse 2). How should we approach this? Paul answers that question at the end of verse 2 when he says, “with complete patience and teaching.” This is where a lot of Christians fail at this. Instead of presenting truth, they condemn and judge. I am quickly reminded of a church in my hometown that would carry huge signs at the town square, yelling at all the cars driving by telling them that they were going straight to hell. (This is not an exaggeration.) They didn’t present the truth of the Gospel or the hope that is found in Jesus. 

Lastly, Paul is reminded of the hope found in following Christ. Although he was thrown in prison and knew that he would eventually be killed for his faith, he continued to preach the Gospel. Paul kept the faith and was reiterating something that Jesus had mentioned in Matthew 24:13-14 where it says, 

“13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

So I encourage you, fight the good fight, finish the race, keep the faith.

By: Jacob Kerr — West Campus Pastoral Ministry Apprentice: Worship & Students


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.

January 21, 2020

Today you should read: 2 Timothy 3:10-17

Paul begins this passage by praising Timothy for how Timothy has faithfully followed him (v. 10-11). There are two things about discipleship that we should see from these two verses. First, discipleship is about doing life together. Timothy would not have seen Paul’s patience, love, and sufferings had he not been with him. Paul taught these virtues to Timothy as well as demonstrated them in his life (and if I can be honest, demonstrating something often has more impact than just teaching). Secondly, if you are discipling someone, it is important to encourage them. Timothy must have felt so encouraged when reading this from someone who loved him so dearly. 

Next, from this passage, we see that persecution will come to those who live a godly life (v. 12-13). Do not be surprised when Satan is attacking you. Satan is going to do everything he can to not allow the advancement of the Gospel. But when that happens, do what Paul tells Timothy to do, “continue in what you have learned and firmly believed” (v. 14). When Satan attacks, the best thing to do is run to God and His Word. I know many of us know that’s what we should do, but how often do we try and take matters into our own hands? Listen, Paul reminds us of what God’s word can do. It is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (v. 16b). So when Satan attacks and you don’t know what to do, turn to God and His Word for instructions. When sin is ruling your life for a season and you don’t know how to get out of it, turn to God and His Word for correction. God has given us His Word so that we “may be complete, equipped for every good work” (v. 17). 

My prayer is that you will see the importance of God’s Word. It is much easier to fight Satan and his attacks when you are faithfully walking with the Lord. 

How consistent are you in God’s Word? Have you decided on a Bible reading plan for this year? 

By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice (East)


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.

January 20, 2020

Today you should read: 2 Timothy 3:1-9

Here, the apostle Paul describes a picture of what our world will look like in the end times. Whether you believe we are living in the end times right now like almost every generation of Christians before us believed during their “end times” or you believe that since Christ has ascended we have been living in an extended age of “end times” we do see many of these difficulties and types of sinful people around us today. From the narcissists, greedy, proud, cocky, abusive, disrespectful, unappreciative, sinful, hedonistic people around us, we know there are many who are being deceived by Satan. The scary part is that these characteristics describe their heart as many will give a form of godliness or maybe say all the right things to pander or politicize Christians, but as verse 5 says, deny God’s true power in the Gospel. 

These people are wolves in sheep’s clothing. In fact, they intentionally act and say certain things to manipulate those who are in the church, from Christian singles hoping for a Christian spouse and family (v. 6-7). And like those who opposed Moses and the truth of God that he represented, these people in the end times will oppose God’s truth and God will expose the darkness of their hearts and intentions by his light to all around them. As we’ll get to in the next few days, later in this chapter, God does this through His Word. 

By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor


God is honored when we intentionally seek Him in prayer. As a church, we want dependent prayer to be something that marks us. Use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.

January 18, 2020

Today you should read: 2 Timothy 2:22-26

Paul is big about putting off a life of sin and putting on a life of godliness. He writes in Ephesians 4:22-23, “22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (ESV) He writes similar things in our passage today, all in light of “presenting yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed.” (2:15)

Put off: youthful passions // Put on: righteousness, faith, love, and peace (v. 22)

Paul is imploring Timothy to avoid youthful passions, which is essentially referring to lust. But Paul doesn’t just say to stop sinning; he says to stop sinning by pursuing better things. How often have you tried to break a sin habit but been frustrated by a lack of change? Maybe your attempt to break the sin wasn’t accompanied with an increased focus and worship of God.

Put off: quarrelsomeness // Put on: kindness, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, gentleness (v. 23-25)

This next section talks about the ability to deal with difficult people. Instead of pursuing quarrels with people, we should focus on kindness, patience, and gentleness (all fruit of the Spirit). Those characteristics, accompanied with the ability to explain the Bible can be effective tools with dealing with difficult people.

What are some ways that you need to repent from your sin by putting on godliness instead of just focusing on no longer sinning? Look to Christ and allow your heart to worship God fully as you turn from your sin!

By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate


One of our goals as a church this year is that our people would be praying everyday. To help you be accountable, use the comment section to post prayer requests and experiences of how God has answered prayer and/or changed you through prayer! If you would like to be enrolled to get weekly prayer reminders, text @cpclex to 81010.