For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:6-7).
Paul’s instructions to Timothy exude a profound sense of expectation and promise. According to Paul, the empowering movement of the Spirit in Timothy’s life started before Timothy was even born. While genuine faith cannot be inherited, God can and does use one generation to pass the faith on to the next generation. Timothy stood on the receiving end of God’s ever-building momentum. Consequently, Paul charged Timothy to never take God’s gifts for granted but to instead “fan into flame the gift of God.” Paul prayed for Timothy to galvanize what he had been given. God started the fire; Timothy’s responsibility was to stoke the burning embers by adding fervent passion to his ministry— “power and love and self-discipline.” In this way, Timothy would feed the momentum he had already received.
Tabernacle, I believe we’re also standing on the receiving end of the Lord’s Kingdom-expanding momentum. My wholehearted prayer, therefore, is that we would all feel the Spirit’s burning challenge to fan our gifts into flame. While I cannot begin to name every gift we’ve received, I do want to highlight a few appearing in this newsletter.
On Sunday, April 30, we called a Minister of Music whom I firmly believe will continue the momentum led by Jo Ellen Newhouse in our music ministry. May we give thanks for this God-inspired development and may we offer our prayers for Ernie as he begins his ministry at Tabernacle.
During the week of June 21-25, we will provide a Vacation Bible School in the hope that children both inside our church and in our community will be blessed by learning of God’s amazing love. May the Lord raise up the volunteers we need, and may we devote ourselves to generously supporting this effort in every way we can.
During the week of July 8-14, we will send a team of youth to Philadelphia who will minister to both the spiritual and the material needs of “the least of these.” May the Lord equip our youth for this journey, and may we commit ourselves to encouraging our youth as they answer God’s call to serve.
Finally, during the week of July 21-28, we will send a team of adults to Xela, Guatemala who will serve at the Good Shepherd Children’s Home. May the Lord continue to watch over the preparations, and may we all begin praying that God would be glorified through this mission.
What other gifts might God be calling you to fan into flame? Let’s fan the momentum!