2 Timothy 2:1-13
Verse 7 may not be a bad place to start this study:
- What does this verse teach about how we should study the Bible?
- What does it guard against?
- What does it mean to “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus”?
- Why does Timothy need to be strong in that way?
- What else must Timothy do to guard the Gospel?
- What two qualities is he to look for?
- There are lots of ways in which we seek to carry out Paul’s instruction in verse 2 within St.Ebbe’s, but how might it be applied to you / your group?
- How are we to imitate the soldier?
- What do you think is meant by saying we should avoid “civilian affairs”?
- What should we learn from the athlete?
- In what sense might we not compete “according to the rules”?
- In what ways does Gospel work demand hard work?
- What does each example teach about the rewards of Christian service?
- In what ways might this exhortation to single-mindedness, self-discipline and commitment need to hit home for us?
- Which particular aspects of the Gospel does Paul draw our attention to? Why?
- How should this encourage Timothy, and us?
- We saw a number of “trustworthy sayings” in 1 Timothy, and they are introduced like that to make us sit up and take notice.
- How should this saying encourage us?
- How should it warn us?
Look back over the passage. How does Paul encourage us to live with an eternal perspective?