Overview - 2 Timothy 2
Like Paul, each of us has been given a special gift to be used to bring others into a relationship with Jesus. Often these conversations are uncomfortable, but God has prepared us with a gift and connected us to the perfect person with whom to share it.
2 Timothy 2:21 says, “Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.” Not everyone we talk to will be ready to ask Jesus into their life. That’s OK! Maybe our role was simply to help that person get one step closer to a relationship with Jesus. We may never know how significant we were in someone’s salvation, and it really doesn’t matter. We have been called by Jesus Christ to spread the gospel, and we must be obedient (Matt 28:19-20). As we grow in faith, we will become better prepared to handle tough salvation conversations. We will be willing to take more risks and put ourselves out there. Like Paul, we must press forward enduring any discomfort for the sake of Jesus Christ. Paul assures us in 2 Timothy 2:12, “if we endure, we will also reign with Him.”
Read 2 Timothy 2
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 2
What gifts, talents, or skills has God given you that could open doors for you to share your story with others?
Is there someone you’ve been avoiding talking to about salvation? What’s holding you back? How can you reach out to that person today?
2 Timothy 2:22, calls us to “flee youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith and love.” What are some things currently in your life from which you need to flee?
READ 2 Timothy 2:1-13
Paul is calling us to have bold endurance in the Ministry. This is a Spirit-empowered boldness, sharing in suffering as seen in v. 3. Paul is encouraging Timothy to stay strong in Christ and using his own personal journey to lift up Timothy. We need people in our
lives like Paul encouraging us to be bold in what God has called us to. Who is that person in your life?
Read 2 Timothy 2:14-19
Paul is shifting Timothy’s focus to reminding the church to focus on God and be aware of the false teachers. He calls Timothy to do his best pursuing God’s approval. Often we pursue the approval of man, but our focus should be on the approval of God.
READ 2 Timothy 2:20-26
The illustration is made by Paul that people resemble vessels of gold and silver with their worth and value of preciousness in the sight of Christ. These people are closely following God, while others are like dry wood, destitute of the grace of God. They are fit
matter for Satan to work upon, and by them to increase the flames of contention and division. When you examine your life, to what is your vessel closely related?