2 Timothy 3:10-17
1. Read 2 Timothy 3:10-17. Looking first at 2 Timothy 3:10-11, list the areas of life in which Timothy “followed” Paul.
2. In light of verses 10-13, why do you think Paul might be reminding Timothy of how he had followed Paul in the past (verses 14-15)?
3. To Live Faithfully:
· Who would you say you “follow” in their teaching? In their conduct?
· Why have you chosen that person (or persons) to follow?
· Whom in your life are you currently intentionally discipling or modeling the Christian life through example? Explain.
4. The last two areas in 2 Timothy 3:10-11 are “persecutions” and “sufferings.” According to verse 11, what does Paul say God did for him during this time of trouble?
Scriptural Insight: Paul refers to what he endured in his early days as a missionary. Timothy probably met Paul when the apostle first arrived in Lystra (Acts 14:8-23). Some Jews had already run Paul and Barnabas out of Pisidian Antioch and Iconium for preaching about Jesus (Acts 13:13-14:7), but Lystra warmly welcomed the missionaries until Jews from Antioch and Iconium arrived. The Jews persuaded the Lystrians to turn against Paul and Barnabas. Then the crowd stoned (Paul) and dragged Paul’s body outside the city, presuming he was dead. But Paul survived, and after spending some time in Derbe he returned to strengthen the disciples in Lystra. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” Paul reminded the Lystrian believers (Acts 2 Timothy Life Change Bible Study, pg.60)
5. Read 2 Timothy 3:12. Who does this verse say will be persecuted?
6. Why is this so? Look up the following verses to help you answer this question.
· 2 Timothy 3:13—
· John 15:18-25—
7. To Live Faithfully: Have you experienced persecution in any form for your faith? Explain.
8. To Live Faithfully: How can we best respond to persecution or difficulties in our Christian walk? Read the following verses and write out in your own words what these verses are saying to you. Summarize what you learn for yourself and your life.
· James 1:2-4—
· 1 Peter 1:6-7—
· Romans 5:3-5—
9. Read 2 Timothy 3:14. Paul also wants Timothy to draw strength from what he has “learned and become convinced of,” according to this verse. What do you think is the difference between what you have “learned” and what you have “become convinced of”? Refer back to 2 Timothy 3:6-7 from last week’s study as well as looking at James 1:5-6 to help you think about your answer to this question.
10. Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
· Read the information below.
From the Greek: “Inspired by God” in NASB, RSV. The Greek word theopneustos is composed of theo, meaning “God,” and pneustos, which refers to “breathing, blowing, or sending forth one’s spirit.” In the Bible, the breath, wind, or Spirit of God is closely connected with His creative Word and inspired speaking. (Geneses 1:2-3, 1 Kings 19:11-13, Acts 2:1-4). When God breathed His Spirit into men so that they might be His spokesmen (prophets, writers of Scripture), He did not take over their minds or wills but somehow guided them to speak His truth as they gave Him their attention. (2 Timothy Life Change Bible Study, p. 63)
· Read 1 Kings 19:11-13 for just one illustration of theopneustos. What happens in this passage?
11. According to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, how is “God-breathed” Scripture useful or profitable to us? List the ways given in these verses, and explain them in your own words.
12. From verse 17, what is the ultimate goal of using God’s Word for these purposes?
13. To Live Faithfully:
· What does the truth that Scripture was actually “God-breathed” mean to you personally?
· What implications, or applications, does this passage have for you… in your teaching, your way of life, your purpose, your faith, your character…?