In the second letter to Timothy, Paul is in prison. He’s probably in Rome and has been abandoned by all of his friends. Scholars classify this letter as a pseudepigraphical genre called ‘A Final Testament.’ It’s like the current trend of a professor giving a ‘last lecture.’ The content provided by Paul is like a retiring (or dying) educator saying the final things on his heart. This letter is an exhortation and a blessing from Paul to Timothy. What we hear in 2 Timothy may just be the most raw and honest application to faith, and we still need to hear it today.
November 3 | 2 Timothy 1.3-14 | Do Not Be Ashamed
We have a testimony. God has suffered unto us in the world, and it is our calling to share this with everyone. We do this best if we learn to not be ashamed of our faith, but claim it. Live out of it.
November 10 | 2 Timothy 2:8-15 | Speak Well
Sermon Synopsis - Perhaps the most profound advice from Paul to Timothy is found here: ‘Remind them of this, and warn them before God that they are to avoid wrangling over words, which does no good but only ruins those ware are listening.’ What we say (and how we say it) matters to our faith and witness. This applies to us in all aspects of our lives (both digital and real life).
November 17 | 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 | Convince, Rebuke, & Encourage with Patience
Paul warns Timothy that culture will have ‘itching ears.’ What he means is that people will find teachers that speak to their own desires even if it’s a false witness or doctrine. To push against this cultural trend, Christians need to feel comfortable convincing, rebuking, and encouraging others who have fallen prey to false myths.
November 24 | 2 Timothy 4.16-18 | Endure
The final lesson for Timothy from a dying Paul is to endure. Paul believes the Lord will come to rescue the faithful, and we must not give up or walk away. Christian work is hard but God will strengthen us with the resolve and endurance we need if we remain faithful.