Overview - 2 Timothy 4
Think back to when you were in school. Before you had a test, you would study to prepare yourself to answer the questions. You might have even stayed up all night reviewing the material to make sure you were ready for the test. You would feel pretty confident that you could answer whatever question came at you.
In his final advice to Timothy, the apostle Paul gave him the charge to “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” (2 Tim 4:2) In other words, if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail. Paul wanted to make sure that Timothy prepared himself. He knew following Jesus was hard, and he wanted to make sure Timothy was ready for whatever came at him.
Like Timothy, we are going to face challenges as we follow Jesus. So what can we do to prepare ourselves? First, we have to study the material. We can’t be ready if we don’t read God’s Word. Second, we need to pray. Praying and reading the Bible are how we learn from our teacher, Jesus. Lastly, we prepare ourselves by consistently attending church. Without the church, we won’t know the material we need to be prepared for whatever may come our way.
Read 2 Timothy 4
OBSERVE: Make an outline of the major points from the text. What stood out to you? Did you see any repetition? Lists? Commands? Promises? Are there questions that you have trouble answering?
SUMMARIZE: In a sentence or two summarize the main idea of the passage.
APPLY: Where are you in the story? How do these words challenge you? What is God asking you to do in obedience to His Word?
Read 2 Timothy 4
Are you ready for whatever may come your way?
What next step do you have to take to prepare yourself?
What areas of your life do you need to improve? What are some steps you can take this week to do that?
READ 2 Timothy 4:1-8
Timothy has been instructed to teach the Word of God. Paul is giving him a charge to always be ready to teach the Word of God and when persecution comes, hang in there and know that God is right there with you. This is a charge that Christians are to take each and every day. We need to be ready to share the Word of God at a moment’s notice.
Read 2 Timothy 4:9-15
Paul is looking back at his ministry and making it clear that he does not have many companions left. He is asking Timothy to remain close by. Paul has been on this missionary journey and knows that the end is coming. Timothy is being left with some final instructions from Paul, a seasoned veteran.
READ 2 Timothy 4:16-22
Paul closes out 2 Timothy by offering up a farewell to Timothy. He uses it as an opportunity to show Timothy not only where he has been, but also where God is taking him. He closes by encouraging Timothy that the Lord will be with him in all his endeavors.