Religion. The word generates lots of different emotional reactions. They run the whole spectrum from extreme love to extreme hate. But given all those emotions, what is religion really about? Do we even know? We know what it means to us, as individuals. But we each have our own view of what religion means. So I’m asking, do we even have a sense of the dictionary or even the generally accepted meaning of this emotionally charged word – religion?
The second letter to Timothy is written by the apostle Paul from prison. He knows that he faces death in the near future and that this may be his last letter.
Paul reminds Timothy that being a minister of the gospel involves suffering. He encourages him to accept the suffering and do the hard work of being a Christian evangelist and pastor. Timothy must teach the truth of Christ faithfully, and train those who will pass it on to others.
Knowles, A. (2001). The Bible guide (1st Augsburg books ed., p. 645). Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg.