When Paul commended Timothy for his “sincere faith,” what did he mean? Alistair Begg emphasizes that faith is not about simply giving mental assent to facts. Rather, faith is a certainty in the promises of God and a commitment to the one who made them. Such sincere faith isn’t something we can manifest ourselves; it is only made possible through God’s initiative-taking grace and is grounded in Jesus. Do you have that kind of faith?
5I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. 6For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 7for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
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