COMING September 22nd…So keep at your work, this faith and love rooted in Christ, exactly as I set it out for you. It’s as sound as the day you first heard it from me. Guard this precious thing placed in your custody by the Holy Spirit who works in us. 2nd Timothy 1: 13-14 (MsgB)
Repeat these basic essentials over and over to God’s people. Warn them before God against pious nitpicking, which chips away at the faith. It just wears everyone out. Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple. 2nd Timothy 2: 14-15 (MsgB)
As I see it, when we find the Apostle Paul, throughout his two letters to Timothy, commanding his young apprentice to do everything in his power to guard and protect the kalós*, this precious treasure of pastoral ministry that has been deposited into Timothy by the work of the Holy Spirit…it has my attention.
How about you?
And when Paul goes on later in his letter, stating clearly for Timothy to “repeat these basic essentials over and over to God’s people…laying out the truth plain and simple,” it makes an old pastoral shepherd like myself ask a few burning questions…
“So, what exactly, Paul, are the basic essentials of this kalós* ministry you’re calling us to guard? What are these plain and simple truths you want your co-worker, Timothy, to repeat again and again?”
In this 26-session blog series, Kalós: Guarding the Precious Treasure, we explore these questions in depth, and kalós*, this precious treasure of pastoral ministry that has been deposited into us by the work of the Holy Spirit. Are you ready for a kalós* reformation in your life, a quiet fire of God-renewal? We invite you to come along with us as well.
*So, what is kalós?
Kalós comes from a New Testament Greek word which simply means “good.” The apostle Paul, when writing to his young apprentice, Timothy, decided to combine this common adjective, kalós, with a second Greek word, parathéké, a noun which means a deposit or trust committed to one’s charge. As a result, the apostle ends up with one, very powerful phrase! A command that both Timothy, and you and I, truly need to take note of as we continue this ancient work of serving Christ and His Church! “Guard this kalós (this good work, this beautiful deposit, this precious treasure) placed in your custody by the Holy Spirit who works in us.” 2nd Timothy 1: 14
Below, you will find a complete list of all the posts (26 blogs) of this series. We suggest that you bookmark this home page for ease of use. Enjoy!
Kalós: Guarding the Precious Treasure: Our Introduction.
Kalós Parathéké: The Precious Treasure. (2nd Timothy 1: 13-14)
Kalós: Guarding the Precious Treasure: My Kalós Story.
1.1 So, What’s Your Kalós Story? (2nd Timothy 1: 6)
1.2 Taking in the Sacred Scriptures. (2nd Timothy 3: 14-17)
1.3 Calming the Storm Within. (1st Timothy 6: 20-21)
Kalós: Guarding the Precious Treasure: Paul, the Older Pastor.
2.1 On Special Assignment for Christ. (1st Timothy 1: 1; 2nd Timothy 1: 1; 1st Timothy 1: 10b-11)
2.2 Tossing Out Our Credentials. (1st Timothy 1: 12-14)
2.3 A Living Proof to God’s Endless Patience. (1st Timothy 1: 15b-17)
Kalós: Guarding the Precious Treasure: Timothy, the Younger Pastor.
3.1 The Son I Love So Much. (1st Timothy 1: 2a; 2nd Timothy 1: 2-3; 2nd Timothy 3: 10-11)
3.2 The Special Gift of Ministry – Keeping It Ablaze! (2nd Timothy 1: 4-7)
3.3 Keeping a Firm Grip on Our Faith and Ourselves. (1st Timothy 1: 18-19)
Kalós: Guarding the Precious Treasure: Our Core Message.
4.1 Finding Our Core Message Midst All The Words. (1st Timothy 1: 15a; 1st Timothy 2: 4-7)
4.2 Jesus Crucified, Raised from the Dead. (2nd Timothy 2: 8-13)
4.3 Some Things Are Clear Enough. (1st Timothy 3: 14-16, 1st Timothy 6: 13-16)
Kalós: Guarding the Precious Treasure: Our Core Work.
5.1 Job One – Soul Care: Pursuing A Righteous Life. (1st Timothy 6: 10-12)
5.2 Do-Do-Doing vs. Pray-Pray-Praying. (1st Timothy 2: 1-3, 8-10)
5.3 Becoming A Gentle Listener. (2nd Timothy 2: 22-26; 1st Timothy 1: 8)
5.4 Life-Giving Words & Works. (1st Timothy 4: 11-16)
5.5 Faithful Generosity. (2nd Timothy 2: 1-7)
5.6 Simply Love. (1st Timothy 1: 5-7; 1st Timothy 2: 15b)
Kalós: Guarding the Precious Treasure: In Troubled Times.
6.1 House-Cleaning Begins At Home. (2nd Timothy 3: 1-5)
6.2 Illusions, Lies & Silly Stories. (1st Timothy 4: 1-2, 6-10)
6.3 Sin Management vs. Going After God. (1st Timothy 6: 2b-10; 17-19)
6.4 Guard the Kalós: Keep Going. (2nd Timothy 1: 8-12)
6.5 The Kalós Essentials. Over and Over Again. (2nd Timothy 2: 14-15)
6.6 The Kalós: A Bridge Over Troubled Water. (2nd Timothy 4: 1-5)
Kalós: Guarding the Precious Treasure: Our Conclusion.
The Kalós Baton Is Now In Your Hand. (2nd Timothy 4: 6-8, 22)
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Click here to see a complete list of Scriptures used in this series. As you go through this blog series, we suggest that you use the ancient tool of Lectio Divina as you approach each scriptural text we give you in this blog. Lectio Divina is a slow, intentional reading of the Holy Scriptures. Take your time as you ponder the text slowly, allowing the Holy Spirit to illuminate God’s Word for you as you read. Ask the Master as you read, “Jesus, what in this passage do I need to hear today?”
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