January 14, 2020

Today you should read: 2 Timothy 1:7-12

Let’s start with a little bit of context, Paul is writing 2 Timothy in prison. Paul mentions near the end of this chapter that a lot of his supporters and followers have abandoned him while he is in prison. Which is why in verse 8 he says, “do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner” (verse 8). He set Timothy up by telling him in the previous verse that, “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” He then begins to explain why he is suffering in prison. He also tells Timothy that they have been called because of God’s grace and according to His purpose. Paul’s words to Timothy were written to reassure him that the work that they are doing is to spread the Gospel. In verse 12 he assures Timothy by saying, “But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed.”

So what should we take away from these words? First, that we should be bold and unashamed when witnessing about the things that Jesus has done for us. Although we may not be thrown in prison, we may be ridiculed, mocked, and perceived as unintelligent, but we should be bold and unafraid. Secondly, we should lean on other Christians in times of suffering. Paul tells Timothy, “share in suffering” (verse 8). Lastly, we should share with a spirit of power, love, and self-control. Verse 7 tells us how God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of these three things. We should have the power to share the Gospel, love those who may not listen, and have self-control when we are mistreated.

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


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.

January 13, 2020

Today you should read: 2 Timothy 1:1-6

Paul starts 2 Timothy in a very similar way that he started 1 Timothy, but in a completely different situation. Paul writes this letter to Timothy while in prison and ultimately waiting to die. You can just imagine how Paul must be feeling. Nonetheless, he gives us an incredible example of what it means to care for fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. He talks about how he prays for Timothy night and day (v. 3), how he longs to see him (v. 4), and how he is reminded of his sincere faith (v. 5). Paul remembers all of these things and encourages Timothy, even in the midst of his worst circumstance. It’s easy for us to encourage others on our good days, but do we encourage others on our worst? Or are we just thinking of how bad we have it? 

The second thing to notice from this passage is the family of Timothy. As a parent or grandparent, verse 5 should jump off the page for you. Paul says that Timothy’s faith comes from Lois (grandmother) and Eunice (mother). Lois and Eunice must have lived godly lives because Paul describes how sincere their faith was. Their faith then made an impact on Timothy, who has similar faith. Grandparents and parents, you can have an impact on your kids. Discipleship in the family is not always sitting down and reading the Bible together or going out and serving those less fortunate (and it would be good if those are happening), but family discipleship happens when your kids see how you live godly lives each and every day (not just Sunday’s and Wednesday’s).

Timothy saw genuine faith in his mother and grandmother, and their impact on Timothy made an impact for the Kingdom of God. How can your life reflect your faith every day?

By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice


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.

January 11, 2020

Today you should read: 1 Timothy 6:11-21

After talking about the bad fruit from false teachers and following the world, the apostle Paul encourages Timothy to FLEE such things in verse 11. When fleeing we must then intentionally run the other way and pursue what he discusses at the conclusion of this letter. These things include righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness and gentleness. 

With this in mind, and reminding Timothy of what we confess along with Jesus Himself professed to Pontius Pilate (v. 12-16)… Jesus is King….. ayyyyyye Kanye West 😉 we must guard what we are entrusted with in the Gospel (v. 20-21). 

What a great reminder and conclusion to the letter. We are doing eternal kingdom work when pursuing and confessing Christ as King. All of these instructions for the church and leaders within the church pays eternal kingdom dividends and we are to remember the important work God has entrusted us with. If we don’t, like Paul warns in verse 21, we can swerve from the true faith. 

By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor


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.

January 10, 2020

Today you should read: 1 Timothy 6:3-10

Thanks for faithfully reading Jumpstart.  I hope it encourages you and gets your day started right. 

Today’s passage has three major themes:

Dissension (v.3-5)

Contentment (v.6-8)

Money (v.9-10)

Dissension (v.3-5)

There has been conflict in the church as long as there’s been a church.  Conflict about who’s in control, what’s believed, and what’s said. Look at the things listed in verse 4:

  • Controversial questions
  • Disputes about words
  • Abusive language

Causing friction.  This ISN’T God’s plan for His church or His people

If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.  Romans 12:18

Contentment (v.6-8)

In verse six we see a formula.  All the pieces must be there for there to be success.

GODLINESS + CONTENTMENT = GREAT LIFE

GODLINESS without CONTENTMENT or CONTENTMENT without GODLINESS won’t do it.  Live your life for God and be content with where He has you. He will take care of you.

For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:25-34

Money (v.9-10)

Verse 9 blows my mind!  The love for money is the source for all kinds of evil.  This isn’t hard to understand – we’ve seen this in the world around us.  This thinking even finds its way into the church. The last part is what’s hard to get your mind around.  Some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith…  The unbridled desire for money has caused people to leave their faith.  Now that’s a breach in perspective.

Three Questions to Ponder Today:

  • Do I work for peace or do I cause dissention?  At work? School? Home? With friends? At Church?
  • Am I content with where God has me?  With what He’s given me?
  • Do I have material possessions and money in the proper perspective in my life?

Spend some time today and think these questions through.  Ask God to change your thinking and values to match His. Remember – things work better when you do them God’s Way!

 By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor


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.