CCF Summer Devo 1: A Solid Foundation

Posted On May 16, 2011

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Welcome to the Campus Christian Fellowship summer blog!

I’ll be posting copies of periodic summer devotionals I write and send out via email to students during the summer and, as the fall approaches, some announcements concerning the student ministry launch.

Here’s the first devotional.

A Solid Foundation

 10 But you, Timothy, certainly know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance. 11 You know how much persecution and suffering I have endured. You know all about how I was persecuted in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra—but the Lord rescued me from all of it. 12 Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived.

14 But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. 15 You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. (2 Timothy 3: 10 – 17)

Paul is writing to Timothy, a young man whom he calls “his son in the faith”.  Timothy is a young preacher who followed Paul in his missionary journeys and Paul writes to this young minister and I think Paul’s message can be applied to you as well.

You have come through a year of school, and in that time, many of you have learned a great deal about Jesus that you didn’t know before.  Some of you made first time commitments of your life to Christ and some made rededications and now you’re back at home.  You’re different but your old friends and relationships are not.

The reality is you’re different now and expect persecution.  Not in a threat of physical death sort of way that the early church and Paul experienced, but quite possibly rejection.  If you’re going to live a godly life, then expect some sort of persecution.  It’s coming…I promise.  That’s the reality of what Paul was telling Timothy and it’s true for you as well.  So, how do you remain faithful in the midst of this?

Paul tells Timothy to rely on the Scriptures (the Bible).  That is the only foundation that will withstand the shifting ground that you find yourself on.  The source of the Bible is God Himself and it can be trusted.  However you got to know what’s in it.

So let me lay out a challenge as you start this summer.  I challenge you to read through the New Testament by the end of the summer.  If you read three to four chapters a day, you should be able to make it through.  Psychologists say it takes about three months to form a habit.  If you don’t already have a habit of reading the Bible on a daily basis, then the summer is a great time to start.  This obviously isn’t an issue of salvation.  If you don’t do it, you’re not going to hell.  However, this is a really positive spiritual discipline to have and you can use the summer to start it.

So, if you’re up for the challenge, read through John, Philippians, and James by the end of May.  I’ll send out a June list in a couple of weeks.

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