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2 Timothy 4 | Are You Fulfilling Your Ministry

“But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:5).   The letters of 1st and 2nd Timothy are particularly moving to me as they give great insights into the relationship between the Apostle Paul and his young disciple Timothy. While most of the letters in the New Testament are written to an entire church (Romans, Galatians, etc.) the Timothy letters are written to an individual and as a…

2 Timothy 3 | Don’t Give Up!

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of …    (2 Tim. 3.14). Chapter 3 is part of a larger section (2.14-3.9) that deals with the false teaching faced by Timothy and the church he pastored. Paul instructed Timothy (and us) to “mark” (3.1) the terrible times in which he lives. He should not expect for things to be easy. The evidence for this, he tells Timothy, is to simply look around and take…

2 Timothy 2 | What Believers Need To Remember

Paul’s teachings to the early church congregations are immortal, bearing the truth of Jesus Christ through the ages until His return. Knowing the obstacles and struggles young Timothy would face, Paul gives his greatest fatherly encouragement and appeal in 2 Timothy 2. Before his discourse about being a worker approved by God, Paul reminds Timothy of the importance of remembering what he has learned. 2 Tim. 2: 8-10 say, “Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was…

2 Timothy 1 | Pass It On

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. 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, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Tim. 1:5-7 What is the first question a…

1 Timothy 6 | Beware of Nibbles

I was flipping through the channels with my 2 youngest boys the other day when I came across one of the Christian channels. There was a poorly drawn cartoon rat on the screen eating cheese boldly in front of a family who was looking on in terror. It caught my attention so I stopped to see what was being said. The host of the show, a very well-known TV Evangelist, had a guest who was explaining what happens when people…

1 Timothy 5 | May The Real Church Stand Up

In the book of 1 Timothy, Paul is writing in a fatherly way to his young protégé Timothy.  He has reminded him of the importance of watching out for false teachers and holding fast to the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He also reiterates the value of prayer and the qualifications for those who would be leaders in the household of God. In chapter 4, Paul calls Timothy to live an exemplary Christian life so that those in his care…

1 Timothy 4 | Are You Working Out?

“Train yourself for godliness” I Tim. 4:7 Most people, when they think of living the Christian life, would not compare it to a rigorous program like that which athletes follow in order to achieve mastery in athletic prowess. Yet that is exactly what Paul does when writing to his young son in the faith, Timothy. Paul’s use of the word ‘train’ in the text is derived from the Greek word gymnazo from which we get our word gymnasium or gymnastics.…

1 Timothy 3 | Character Builds

“An overseer, therefore, must be above reproach” (I Timothy 3:2, CSV). A good friend of mine, a brilliant Bible teacher, once made the statement, “What a man builds with his gift he destroys with his character.” That was uttered during a time when many well-known television evangelists and preachers were exposed for sexual misconduct, financial misgivings, and ill-treatment of staff. His point was that while many of these ministers were powerfully gifted individuals who built their entire ministries on their…

1 Timothy 2 | Praying About Everyone and Everything

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, or kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (I Timothy 2:1-2). One thing revealed in the apostle Paul’s writings is how broadly he desires believers to pray with respect to the various aspects of life in which they find themselves. Here in this text, Paul instructs his…

1 Timothy 1 | Grace to Our Sons and Daughters

As we make the switch from Revelation to First Timothy, we really have to switch our brains and our way of understanding these books. Revelation was written in an apocalyptic style with its strange references, visions and symbolism. The epistles are simply letters, written from real people to other real people – friends to friends, you could say.  They are generally much more down to earth, relational and instructional. That is exactly what we find as Paul writes to his spiritual son, Timothy.…