Oct 21, 2016 – 2 Timothy 2

Read 2 Timothy 2

Today’s reading is a continuation of Paul’s second letter to Timothy. Remember that Timothy was a young pastor who obviously had a close relationship with his mentor, Paul.

As you read this chapter, think about these things…

  • How would you describe the closeness between Paul and Timothy?
  • What illustrations did Paul use to help Timothy understand endurance or suffering?
  • Paul talks about why he is suffering. (Remember that Paul is in jail in Rome at this point.) From vv 8-10, why does Paul suffer?
  • Starting in v15 and going to the end of the chapter, Timothy is encouraged to “be a good worker”. What is the goal?
  • Describe are the characteristics of a diligent worker for Jesus that Paul lists.

That command to be a good worker is very much applicable to us. As you consider your service to the Lord, what is He showing you that you need to change? How can you be a better worker for the Lord?

Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was raised from the dead. -v8

Oct 14, 2016 – 2 Timothy 1

Read 2 Timothy 1

Paul wrote this second letter to Timothy while he (Paul) was imprisoned in Rome. Pay attention to the tone of the relationship between Paul and Timothy.

Paul talks  about serving God. What can we learn about motives for serving God?

Faith is also a topic in this first chapter. Look at vv 5-7. Why is faith important? Why does Paul tell Timothy to “fan the flame”?

How can you grow your faith? 

How does having faith relate to telling others about the Lord?

Whatever your level of faith, ask the Lord to increase your faith. Ask Him to not be afraid or ashamed of telling others about Him. Be strong!

This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. -v6