Have you ever been lied to by someone? It does not feel very good. Many relationships have been destroyed because of lies that have been told.
Has anyone ever lied to you about what you are capable of doing or achieving? How does that feel?
The writer of the book of Proverbs tells us that God hates a lying tongue. That is very strong language, there aren’t many places in God’s Word that speak of something that God hates. Satan is the father of lies because there is no truth in him, John 8:44.
Timothy may have been a victim of such lies coming from Satan. Paul had to encourage him to not allow people to look down on him because of his youth. Timothy was a young man when Paul met him, and Satan was obviously using this as a way to discourage Timothy.
What is Satan using in your life to discourage you from doing the Lord’s work?
Timothy is first mentioned in Acts 16:1-5, where Paul meets him and asks him to join him on his journey. Both Timothy’s mother, Eunice, and grandmother, Lois, were faithful Christians. His father was a Greek man and the Bible does not tell us of his faith, but we do know that Timothy was raised as a believer.
Timothy’s name was included in the salutations of 3 of the 4 Prison Epistles (Philippians, Colossians and Philemon) as well as the second epistle to the Corinthians and finally in both letters to the Thessalonians. He obviously played an important role in Paul’s missionary work.
1. Paul met Timothy when he was still a young man and wanted Timothy to join him on his missionary journeys.
Knowing Paul’s passion for sharing the gospel, what do you think Paul saw in Timothy that made him choose him?
Do you see any hints in this passage that may give us the answer?
2. Paul pays Timothy one of the highest compliments in any of his writings by saying he has no one else like him.
What was that defining characteristic of Timothy that made him such a standout in Paul’s mind?
Timothy preached the Gospel beside Paul. In fact, Paul seems to have someone with him for most of his missionary journeys.
Do you think we would benefit from taking a similar approach today in discipleship?
Do you have Christians around you who can encourage you as Paul encouraged Timothy?
3. Paul is very clear in this short passage about what he wants Timothy to continue to do.
What does it look like for us today, as Christians, to fight the good fight for the true faith?
Can you share some practical examples of things you are doing or maybe should be doing to fight the good fight?
4. Throughout the 2nd epistle of Timothy, Paul is encouraging Timothy to stand strong, not be ashamed, preach the word, etc. Here Paul tells Timothy to be prepared, whether the time is favourable or not.
When is the time favourable? When is it not?
What do we need to do to be prepared?