Archive for February 2020

Topics for 02-25

In 2 Timothy 4:9-22 Paul gives us an example of how to respond in difficult times.

  1. What OT character faced difficult times and responded badly?
  2. How would having been able to read Paul's letter to Timothy helped him/her?
  3. What modern Christian song (hymn, worship song, etc.) might have been an encouragement to your character?  

Published on February 24, 2020 at 2:41 pm |

Topics for 02-18-2020

Paul's closing admonition to Timothy serves as a close to the instruction of this book and to his ministry as a whole.  Paul acknowledges the reality of his current situation, looks back at God's grace throughout his ministry, and looks forward to his future reward and eternity with Jesus.  In keeping with the same broad scope, consider these questions for Tuesday.  Bear in mind there isn't a right answer to these questions.  They will be contextual to your life and the opportunities God has given you.

  1. How should you view your own death?  Does how you live your life demonstrate/betray this belief?
  2. What do you want to be able to say about your life and ministry when it comes to an end?  What would be in your list of "I have played the game, finished well, and stayed on target"?
  3. How does your life right now demonstrate or fail to demonstrate that you are one of those that "loves [Jesus'] appearing"?

Published on February 18, 2020 at 11:52 am |

Topics for 02/04/2020

Paul encourages Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:14 to continue in what he has learned and been taught.  He gives a number of reasons why Timothy's should rely on the Bible to be his guide and source of truth.  The Bible is God-breathed (inspired) and is useful to correct and teach us with the goal of making us more like Jesus.  Paul places the Bible in a place of unique prominence as able to make us competent (Bear-Grylls level useful) for everything God has for us.

On Tuesday, I want us to dig further into the two ideas of Scripture being inspired and sufficient to meet our needs.

  1. Are the words of the Bible the words of men (& women)? Or are they the words of God?  Hint, if you need it.
  2. What is another passage of Scripture that sheds light on the topic of the inspiration of Scripture? (feel free to Google; there are some helpful articles out there)  Why is the doctrine of inspiration important?
  3. What is a passage of Scripture that speaks to the sufficiency of the Bible?  How do we relate the idea of the sufficiency of Scripture to how we interact with other biblical resources?  Other secular resources?

Published on February 4, 2020 at 2:15 am |