Teaching Timothy

When was the last time you did a lesson for kids on Timothy?

Okay, I hear a few voices. After all, we did a week on Timothy ourselves—in 2007.

So, when was the last time you did a MONTH on Timothy?

Crickets. I hear those crickets.

I’m excited to tell you that we are about to launch a full month of Timothy in October! Yes, four full weeks. And here’s why: Timothy is a perfect illustration for kids of Individuality: Discovering who you are meant to be so you can make a difference.

In brief, Timothy had a complex cultural and religious background: Jewish mother and Greek father. He became a believer sometime in the period after Paul’s initial visit to Lystra, and by Paul’s second visit, Timothy was actively living out his faith and highly thought of by those who knew him. In fact, he was recommended as a perfect traveling companion to help Paul share the gospel! Timothy ended up traveling and teaching extensively with Paul, eventually being appointed to lead the church at Ephesus. It was during this time that Paul wrote him: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers. . . . ” (2 Timothy 4:12).

Wow. What a message for a fifth grader. Or a kindergartener!

With such a strong storyline for a young man not much older than the kids we teach, why don’t we tell Timothy’s story more often?

I think it’s simple. Aside from the few verses where Paul chooses Timothy, there’s no single, clear narrative passage about Timothy’s life; we can’t open the Bible and point at one page to get the full picture. Yet, Timothy is mentioned more than two dozen times in the New Testament throughout Acts and the Epistles! He was one of Paul’s closest friends and fellow workers and is often mentioned in the greetings of Paul’s letters.

In telling Timothy’s story, we studied every available biblical reference and several reputable commentaries. You’ll see a host of supporting Scriptures each week, and while we’ve done historical research to fill out some of Timothy’s context, we’ve been extremely careful not to include anything that contradicts what we know in Scripture.

We think your kids are ready to meet Timothy and begin discovering their own unique gifts. Are YOU ready?

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