Bible Study Moment

“I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:6-7 RSV).

If you were to ask me what my favorite Bible verse is, this would be it. And these Bible Study Moments are my attempt to use one of my “gifts”. Through the years when events have been held to help people identify their gifts or talents knowledge has consistently been at or near the top for me.

The next few weeks I’ll share some other scripture passages that are important to me. (I know, that’s what I’ve been doing all along.)

For this verse I think it is especially meaningful that Paul tells Timothy to use his gifts with love, of course; but also power and self-control, two things that need to be kept in balance. It is easy to use power but with no self-control, and too much self-control will lead to the spirit of timidity that Paul says God does not give us.


Mark Phillips