Featured Passage: 1 & 2 Timothy
When Paul and Silas were traveling to visit brethren in some of the newly established congregations, they met a young man named Timothy. From the time he was a little boy, Timothy grew up learning about God’s way of life. His mother Eunice and grandmother Lois followed God and taught Timothy to do the same. Timothy had established a very good reputation with the brethren, so Paul wanted to take Timothy with him on his travels. He wanted to teach and train Timothy to become an evangelist – to serve the brethren and to preach the gospel of the kingdom. On one of their journeys, when they were in Ephesus, Paul noticed that the brethren there needed some more guidance, but he needed to continue traveling to Macedonia. So Paul decided to leave Timothy there to minister to them – but not without giving Timothy some guidance himself.
- Timothy was quite young. Can you think of any challenges a young minister might have in a congregation? What might be some advantages?
- What were some points of advice that Paul gave Timothy as a young minister?
- What qualities was Timothy to look for in men before appointing them bishops (elders) and deacons?
- In his second letter to Timothy, how did Paul describe the Holy Spirit (1 Tim 1:7)?
- What instructions did Paul give concerning widows?
- What does it mean to “rightly divide the word of truth”? How do we prepare to do that?
- What are some characteristics that Paul mentions people will have at the end of the age?
- After reading the two letters to Timothy, what verses stood out to you the most?
2 Timothy 3:16-17
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”