2. Serving Christ
2 Timothy 1:1-7
Day One Study
1. Read 2 Timothy 1:1-7. What words and phrases in this passage reveal the depth of Paul’s relationship with Timothy?
2. Why do you think their relationship is so meaningful?
3. To Live Faithfully: Consider the role of mentoring in your life.
· Have you ever had a spiritual parent or mentor like Paul? If so, who, and how did that person influence you?
· Have you ever had a spiritual child or trainee like Timothy? If so, who, and what do you do to mentor him/her?
4. Reread 2 Timothy 1:1-7. In verse 3, Paul compares himself with his forefathers. Who were Paul’s forefathers? (See Exodus 3:15, Acts 3:13).
5. What sort of spiritual heritage did they leave Paul? (See Hebrews 11, especially verses 17-40, but read the entire chapter if at all possible).
6. According to 2 Timothy 1:5, who were Timothy’s primary spiritual mentors as he was growing up? What gift did they impart to him?
Historical Insight: A Mother’s Legacy—Eunice (v. 5) was Jewish, but apparently her father was not very orthodox: he violated one of the clear commands of the Law in arranging a match for his daughter with a Gentile (Acts 16:1). Later, when Timothy was born, he wasn’t circumcised (16:3). So it seems that neither Eunice’s father nor husband were observant of Judaism. But Eunice was. Paul praised her for her “genuine faith,” which she shared in common with Lois, her mother (2 Timothy 1:5). Eunice imparted that faith to her son, Timothy, and more than anyone else equipped him for a lifetime of usefulness for God. Eunice is an encouragement for every woman faced with the daunting task of nurturing the spiritual life of her children, especially is she can’t count on the help of a strong male. Eunice may have had no formal religious education and little encouragement from her family, except for Lois. But she had two crucial things going for her that offer hope for mothers today—the inherent power of being a mother and the dynamic power of a loving God. (The Word in Life Study Bible, p. 746)
7. To Live Faithfully: What are you doing to impart a spiritual legacy, or heritage, to your children (grandchildren, nieces/nephews etc.)? Is this process a “team effort” in your family? Explain.
Day Two Study
8. Read 2 Timothy 1:1-7. According to verse 5, we know that Timothy possessed sincere faith, which is a precious treasure in a church leader. Because of this faith, what was Paul encouraging Timothy to do with his God given gift (his ability for ministry and leadership)?
9. To Live Faithfully: Paul is encouraging you to use the gifts God has given you also. How are you using your abilities and experience for serving Christ?
10. Read 2 Timothy 1:7 and 1 Corinthians 16:10. Describe Timothy’s weakness. Of what does Paul remind him in verse 7? (See also Romans 8:15.)
11. Discuss the nature of God’s spirit within us. Using any cross-references or commentaries available, define these aspects of the Spirit’s work within us:
· Discipline [self discipline (NIV) or self-control (NET)]—
12. Why are these qualities so important for those who want to serve Christ with their lives?
13. If God’s spirit within us is one of power, love, and discipline, what should (or could) characterize our response towards life’s hardships? Glean the following verses for your answer:
· 2 Corinthians 12:9-10—
· Philippians 4:13, 19—
· Hebrews 4:15-16—
Think About It: “Craving, cringing, panicky fear is one of the devil’s greatest weapons. I have a better chance of solving problems if I deal with them in a spirit of power, love and a sound mind.” (Tim Stevenson, Mind Games sermon, November 14, 1999)
14. To Live Faithfully: What specific fears or inabilities tend to get in the way of your service to Christ? How can you apply 2 Timothy 1:7 to your life?