1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,
2 To Timothy, my dear son:
Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy.
Have you ever watched or run in a race where the participants must pass the baton on to the next participant? There is an art to it, and much practice involved in preparation for the pass. Faith is also passed from person to person. Let us see how the baton of faith was passed to Timothy in the early church.