Overview - 2 Timothy 1
If you’ve ever tried to start a campfire and make it last through the night, you know certain things have to be just right. You’ll need the proper materials and skills. A great campfire starts with some wood shavings at the bottom. Then add some kindling and dry wood piled up just right — you have to allow for proper airflow to get the flame going. And of course, your power source - something to light it. Anything less then this will result in a fire sure to disappoint.
Discovering our God-given gifts and abilities takes the same careful attention as starting and maintaining a fire. Our gifts from God are ignited when we believe and use them for His purposes. Because God wants us to “fan [our gifts] into flame,” He gives us exactly what we need to identify and develop them: a spirit of boldness, power, love, and self-discipline.
Read 2 Timothy 1
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 1
What advice would you give to a person who has let use of a spiritual gift or ministry lapse? How can a gift or ministry be rekindled? What might be involved in reclaiming use of such a gift?
Paul is writing to encourage timid Timothy. How is Paul’s focus on Christ and the gospel designed to encourage Timothy? How is this an antidote for shame?
According to verse 12, what is the source of Paul’s fearlessness? What does he trust God to guard for him?
READ 2 Timothy 1:1-5
Paul begins 2 Timothy by encouraging Timothy to continue to do what he was called to do. He reminds Timothy that he has been praying for him, and wants him to continue to be strong. The same is true for us today. We are to be encouraged by what God has called us to do .
Read 2 Timothy 1:6-12
Timothy is finding encouragement from Paul in the gifting we have from God. He wants him to be aware of the spirit that God gives us, a spirit not of fear but of power, love and self-control. Paul is making Timothy aware that there will be times that he may suffer, but he has to remain true to who God has called him to be.
READ 2 Timothy 1:13-18
Paul is instructing Timothy to follow the words he is giving him and the model that Jesus set before him. Timothy has to use the Holy Spirit to guide and lead him. Paul concludes chapter 1 by offering an encouragement for difficult times.