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

July 21, 2016 – 1 Timothy 6

Read 1 Timothy 6

This is the final chapter of this letter from Paul that was written to Timothy. These are the concluding thoughts of from Paul. Some themes from earlier in the letter surface again.

  • Money and wealth are discussed. Look at vv 9-10.
  • How are people who long to be rich described?
  • What are some ways that loving money can cause evil?
  • How could craving money lead to wandering from the true faith?

Now look at vv 17-19.

  • How can wealth lead to pride?
  • Think about trusting in wealth and trusting in God. Can the both be done?

Ask God to keep you from becoming prideful of the things He has given you

Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. -v6

July 14, 2016 – 1 Timothy 5

Read 1 Timothy 5

This chapter is jam-packed full of information about specific groups of people in the church, and how the gospel should impact them. A significant section addresses honoring widows. Let’s look closer at vv 3-16…

  • How is a widow to be provided for?
  • What is the criteria for a widow to be put on the list of care in the church (v9-10?
  • Younger widows are specifically mentioned in v11 and following. What are they advised to do?
  • Compare vv 3-4 with v16. Which widows are to be cared for by the church? How are they to be cared for?

James 1:27 says, “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”

May we always care for widows with a pure heart.

July 7, 2016 – 1 Timothy 4

Read 1 Timothy 4

Remember that 1 Timothy was written so that we would know how to conduct ourselves in the household of God. We are immediately warned in this chapter about false teachers.

  • What are we told about false teachers in vv 1-4?
  • What are some examples of false teachings?
  • Describe the role of scripture and prayer?
  • How would you describe the main point of vv 6-10?
  • v 12 discusses Timothy’s age. What is Paul’s encouragement regarding his age?

As you finish up thinking about this chapter, ask the Lord to show you where you might be believing things that are taught by false teachers. Seek to be aligned with God’s teaching.

Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. -v16

June 30, 2016 – 1 Timothy 3

Read 1 Timothy 3

Today’s reading is a short chapter that is jam-packed with guidance for church leaders. Remember Paul is writing to Timothy, and these are not only commands for leaders, but also the desired behavior for all believers.

  • vv1-6 are considered the requirements for elders (church leaders). Think about these requirements.
  • Why do you suppose each of these are listed?
  • vv7-13 address another type of church leader, deacons. Think about each of these requirements for deacons.
  • Why do you suppose each of these are listed?- Do you see any similarities or differences?
  • In vv14-15, Paul tells why these things are written. What is the reason Paul has written these things?
  • How are you doing with these behaviors and qualities?

Identify one of the behaviors or qualities you’ve read about today that you need to work on. Ask God to show you how you can be more like His desires for you.

June 23, 2016 – 1 Timothy 2

Read 1 Timothy 2

Pray.

Worship.

These are the themes in this chapter. Oh, and this chapter also has some of the most difficult verses in the entire Bible!

  • Let’s look at the theme of Prayer in vv 1-4. Who are we to pray for? Why are we to pray for them? Why are we to pray for them?
  • Beginning in v. 8, the letter addresses worship. What is commanded for men? How is the worship to be done? 
  • What is commanded for women in vv 9 & 10? Why the command to be modest in appearance? Don’t get caught up in trying to figure out what to wear and what not to wear. What should be the attitude of the heart?
  • Verses 11-15 make many people uncomfortable. Why do you think is the case? How might we be obedient to these verses in our modern culture?
  • Verse 15 is very difficult to understand. Ask the Lord to show you what this means. You might find a good Bible commentary to shed some light on this.

When you come across sections of the Bible that are difficult to understand, the first thing you should do is pray to God for wisdom and insight. Try to set aside your personal biases and discern the principle of the passage. Pray, pray, and pray some more!

June 16, 2016 – 1 Timothy 1

Read 1 Timothy 1

Everyone likes to get a letter. Letters are sent to someone you love. They are sent to communicate something important. Fathers sometimes write letters to their children when they are born, knowing the letter will not be read for several years.

1 Timothy is a letter from the Apostle Paul to his understudy, Timothy. Timothy was a pastor of a church, and this letter is full of advice and wisdom for a young pastor.

Paul opens this letter with a typical greeting of the day, identifying the sender and the intended recipient of the letter.

So, let’s think about what is in this chapter…

  • Why did Paul encourage Timothy to stay in Ephesus?
  • How does Paul describe the purpose or usefulness of the Law?
  • Why does Paul feel compelled to serve Christ?
  • Look again at verses 18-20. What is Paul’s encouragement to Timothy? Why?

Now, let’s get personal a bit. Are you clinging to your faith in Christ, or does your faith tend to wander? Are you keeping a clear conscience, or do you sometimes let sin hang on? Make these two things you objective today. God can help you with that.