2 Timothy

March 1, 2021

Cultivate DT

INTRODUCTION

Part 6) Fight: The Life of Ministry

The life of a minister is spiritual battle

Journal

  • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
  • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
  • Recall a significant reaction, conversation, or event.
  • List out all that you are grateful for.

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Bible Text: 2 Timothy 4:9-22

9 Do your best to come to me soon. 10 For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry. 12 Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. 

14 Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. 15 Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message. 16 At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! 17 But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. 19 Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. 20 Erastus remained at Corinth, and I left Trophimus, who was ill, at Miletus. 21 Do your best to come before winter. Eubulus sends greetings to you, as do Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brothers. 22 The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.

Questions

  1. (v.10) Demas served alongside Paul (cf. Philemon 1:24, Colossians 4:14) but ended up deserting him. The Bible talks a lot about how the love of the world compromises our love for God. Consider the following verses:

1 John 2:15-17

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

James 4:4

4 You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

In what ways is my heart “in love with this present world”? How do I need to guard myself against being “in love with this present world”?

  1. While a life of discipleship is difficult, verses 17-18 promise that God will be with all of us. Moreover, verses 19-22 also remind us that we don’t do it alone; we have the church. How can this encourage and strengthen me today?

Prayer

February 26, 2021

Cultivate DT

INTRODUCTION

Part 6) Fight: The Life of Ministry

The life of a minister is spiritual battle

Journal

  • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
  • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
  • Recall a significant reaction, conversation, or event.
  • List out all that you are grateful for.

 Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

Bible Text: 2 Timothy 3:16–4:8

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

4 1 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

Questions

  1. (vv. 16-17) In what ways have I experienced Scripture teaching, reproving, correcting, or training me in righteousness?
  2. (vv.1-2) Consider the charge Paul gives to Timothy. How does this expand my view of what it means to be a Christian?
  3. (vv.6-8) What motivated Paul to endure suffering?

Prayer

February 25, 2021

Cultivate DT

INTRODUCTION

Part 6) Fight: The Life of Ministry

The life of a minister is spiritual battle

Journal

  • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
  • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
  • Recall a significant reaction, conversation, or event.
  • List out all that you are grateful for.

 Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

Bible Text: 2 Timothy 3:1–15

1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,

3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. 9 But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men. 10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Questions

  1. (vv. 1-8) How does our culture fit the description of the “last days”?
  2. (v.12) Why should I expect persecution if I “desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus”?
  3. (vv.10-14) Who are examples of mature Christians in my life, whose faith I can imitate to help me “continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed”?

Prayer

February 24, 2021

Cultivate DT

INTRODUCTION

Part 6) Fight: The Life of Ministry

The life of a minister is spiritual battle

Journal

  • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
  • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
  • Recall a significant reaction, conversation, or event.
  • List out all that you are grateful for.

 Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

Bible Text: 2 Timothy 2:14–22

14 Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 16 But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, 17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some. 19 But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.” 20 Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. 22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

Questions

  1. What’s inspiring about the person described in v.15? What can I do to become such a person today?
  2. (vv.20-21) God only uses clean vessels. How do I need to cleanse myself so God can use me?
  3. Paul says there are (1) things we are to flee, (2) things we are to pursue, and (3) we should do these together with other believers. What exhortation do I need to heed from v.22?

Prayer

February 23, 2021

Cultivate DT

INTRODUCTION

Part 6) Fight: The Life of Ministry

The life of a minister is spiritual battle

Journal

  • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
  • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
  • Recall a significant reaction, conversation, or event.
  • List out all that you are grateful for.

 Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

Bible Text: 2 Timothy 2:1–7

1 You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. 3 Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. 

5 An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6 It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. 7 Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

Questions

  1. What do soldiers, athletes, and farmers have in common? Why are these characteristics necessary for Christian life?
  2. What are the civilian pursuits I need to disentangle myself from as a good soldier of Christ?
  3. How does “aim… to please” (v.4) capture the spirit or motivation of a Christian? What is surprising about the fact that we are able to please God?  How am I living to please God today?

Questions

  1. What is the gift that God has given to us (v.7)? What is our responsibility in receiving that gift (v.6)? 
  2. (vv.8-12) Why would Timothy be tempted to be ashamed of Paul or of the gospel? How does our culture make Christians ashamed of their faith?
  3. Why is Paul not ashamed of the gospel? How do I need to remind myself of how awesome the Gospel is so that I am not ashamed about it?

Prayer

February 22, 2021

Cultivate DT

INTRODUCTION

Part 6) Fight: The Life of Ministry

The life of a minister is spiritual battle

Journal

  • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
  • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
  • Recall a significant reaction, conversation, or event.
  • List out all that you are grateful for.

 Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

Bible Text: 2 Timothy 1

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus,

2 To Timothy, my beloved child:

Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

3 I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. 4 As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, 12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me. 13 Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14 By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.

15 You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16 May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains, 17 but when he arrived in Rome he searched for me earnestly and found me— 18 may the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that day! and you well know all the service he rendered at Ephesus.

CONTEXT & COMMENTARY

2 Timothy was written by Apostle Paul near the end of his life to his disciple, Timothy, who was a pastor at the church in Ephesus. It gives us a biblical picture of ministry and Christian life.

 

Questions

  1. What is the gift that God has given to us (v.7)? What is our responsibility in receiving that gift (v.6)? 
  2. (vv.8-12) Why would Timothy be tempted to be ashamed of Paul or of the gospel? How does our culture make Christians ashamed of their faith?
  3. Why is Paul not ashamed of the gospel? How do I need to remind myself of how awesome the Gospel is so that I am not ashamed about it?

Prayer

May 22, 2020

2Tim4- 2020-05-22

Journal

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Bible Text: 

2 Timothy 4:9-22

9 Do your best to come to me soon. 10 For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry. 12 Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. 14 Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. 15 Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message. 16 At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! 17 But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

19 Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. 20 Erastus remained at Corinth, and I left Trophimus, who was ill, at Miletus. 21 Do your best to come before winter. Eubulus sends greetings to you, as do Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brothers.

22 The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you. 

Reflection & Application

2 Timothy 4:10

  • What is surprising and tragic about the reason Demas deserted Apostle Paul?
  • What is the relationship between being “in love with this present world” and deserting the work of God? (cf. James 4:4)
  • What are the things I still love that can potentially become the reason to desert or dilute my faith and commitment to the work of God?

2 Timothy 4:16-18

  • What enabled Apostle Paul to not hold a grudge against “all [who] deserted [him]”?
  • What are the things Paul recognizes, that enable him to break out into praise despite his difficult circumstances — such as imprisonment and loneliness, to name a few?
  • What are the difficulties that I am facing, and what are the truths I can remember, that will lead me to give thanks and glory to God in every circumstance? (cf. 1 Thess. 5:16-18)

Prayer 

May 21, 2020

2Tim4- 2020-05-21

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Bible Text: 

2 Timothy 4:1-8

1 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

Reflection & Application

2 Timothy 4:1-5

  • What five charges does Apostle Paul give to Timothy? With what attitude should these charges be carried out and why?
  • What is the role of a spiritual mentor and what makes it difficult?
  • Who are the people, or what are some of the sources, in my life that tell me things to “suit [my] own passions”?
  • What truths in my life have I turned away from and which myths do I turn to instead? 

2 Timothy 4:6-8

  • How must I live in order to be able to say, along with Apostle Paul, that “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”?

Prayer 

May 20, 2020

2Tim3- 2020-05-20

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Bible Text: 

2 Timothy 3:10-17

10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Reflection & Application

2 Timothy 3:10-11, 14

  • How extensive was Timothy’s knowledge of Paul?  How would such knowledge of Paul’s life and character have had an effect on Timothy’s own life?
  • Who are the people I can reflect on in order to remain strong in the midst of persecution, difficulties, and “evil people and imposters”?  

2 Timothy 3:13-14

  • What pattern characterizes “evil people and imposters”? What contrasting pattern does Apostle Paul urge upon Timothy?
  • Are there times when I have wavered and not continued in what I have “learned and have firmly believed”?  What was it that caused me to waver?

2 Timothy 3:14

  • According to v. 14, what is the basis for why Timothy could be confident to continue in what he has learned?
  • What insight about the function of the church does this passage provide?

2 Timothy 3:15-17

  • What are the Scriptures able to do, and what is the Scripture useful for?  Reflect on the times and incidents in which I experienced some of the above aspects of Scripture.

Prayer 

May 19, 2020

2Tim3- 2020-05-19

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Bible Text: 

2 Timothy 3:1-9

1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. 9 But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.

Reflection & Application

2 Timothy 3:1-5

  • What are the characteristics of people in the last days and how is this an apt picture of people today?
  • What can I learn from the fact that someone who has the “appearance of godliness” can be characterized as “lovers of self,” “lovers of money,” and “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God”?
  • Apostle Paul instructs Timothy to “avoid such people” who have an “appearance of godliness but [deny] its power.” What warning does this serve me regarding the desires of my heart? 

2 Timothy 3:6-7

  • How is being “burdened with sins and led astray by various passions” related to “always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth”?  How can this lead to being “weak”?
  • To what extent am I a “weak” person though I am given many opportunities to learn the truth?

Prayer 

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