Overview - 2 Timothy 3
Each day, we’re bombarded with ads, articles, and products promising to satisfy our desire to know more, have more, and be more. But eternal life and quality of life are what our hearts are really seeking, and only a relationship with Jesus can provide that (John 17:3). We’re not saved because of what we do; we’re saved by Who we know. When we ask Jesus into our lives, it changes our destiny and our reality. This one decision opens the door to a relationship with God now and for eternity.
There are three types of people in the world: people who have asked Jesus into their lives, people who have not (and don’t care to), and people who call themselves Christians without having submitted their lives to Jesus. It is possible to associate with a particular religion and call yourself a Christian when nothing is further from the truth. In 2 Timothy 3:5, the apostle Paul describes this as “having the appearance of godliness but denying its power.” Just like Paul and Timothy, we will come across fake Christians and preachers teaching a message other than Jesus. So how are we to know the difference? We can always determine the truth by comparing what someone says to be true against the Truth, the Bible. If what we think or hear does not line up with God’s Word, we are the ones who must change our minds.
Read 2 Timothy 3
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 3
When did you ask Jesus into your life? Can you remember a time and place where you made the decision to follow Him forever?
Following Jesus means aligning our desires with His. What is one way you’ve seen your actions or opinions shift as you’ve started reading the Bible and doing what it says?
Paul warned Timothy not to associate with those who pretend to follow Jesus for their own gain. Is there anyone in your life from whom you need to distance yourself?
READ 2 Timothy 3:1-9
Paul is offering up a checklist of things to look for in the last days. He is making Timothy aware of the godlessness that will become a big part of people’s character.
Read 2 Timothy 3:10-13
We all need to be encouraged at times, and Paul takes this as an opportunity to do just that for Timothy immediately after warning him of evil people. He then follows that by listing all the places he faced persecution and how those were opportunities for the Lord to rescue him.
READ 2 Timothy 3:14-17
Paul concludes chapter 3 with the promise that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness.” He gives Timothy the instructions needed to share with others how to be made complete in God. We, too, must stop searching for who we think we need to be and look to Scripture for who God wants us to be.