Ep. #17 "SECOND TIMOTHY" [Series: PAUL'S LETTERS]

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Episode: Paul’s Letters Series No. 17 Narrator: Timothy Primary Scriptures: 2 Timothy 1-4 Story Summary: Paul’s second letter to Timothy Location: Roman Empire; Asia; Ephesus Time: AD 30 Jesus crucified and resurrected; Pentecost; Holy Spirit arrives AD 48 Paul’s “famine visit” to Jerusalem; First Missionary Journey starts AD 50 Council at Jerusalem; Start of Second Missionary Journey. AD 53 Start of Third Missionary Journey AD 67 Paul writes Second Timothy Suggested Memory Scriptures: 2 Timothy 1:7, 9, 12; 2:15, 23-24; 3:1-4, 7, 16-17 Paul probably wrote the letter known as Second Timothy while imprisoned in Rome the second time. Paul thinks his life is near an end, although he believes Timothy has time to travel from Ephesus to Rome to be with him. In this letter he instructs Timothy to refute false teachers and to be faithful to God. Throughout the letter Paul pleads for Timothy to remain faithful to him and to God. Paul opens the letter calling Timothy his “dear son” and reminds him of their early acquaintance on the Second Missionary Journey. In the first and fourth chapters, Paul gives names of people who have deserted him and those who have remained faithful to him. He even says that “everyone” in the province of Asia has deserted him. Paul uses his life as an example that being an evangelist is not easy, but is full of hard work, self-discipline, and danger. With that caveat, Paul encourages Timothy that the price is worth prize. Not only will Timothy and Paul be rewarded, but others will receive eternal salvation because of their efforts. Paul encourages Timothy to behave in such a way that he will be like an approved worker who correctly handles the words of truth. Then he will be able to refute false teachers who preach such falsehoods as: the resurrection has already come; it is unimportant how you behave; and false information that results in foolish arguments. Timothy is warned to watch out for certain characteristics that mark false teachers and their followers. Paul’s words in the beginning of Chapter 3 and continuing into Chapter 4 could lead modern readers to conclude they are living in the last days, just as Timothy probably thought he was. Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 are vital for modern Christians to remember. All Scripture is God-breathed, not just some of it. 2 Timothy 4:3 is one of the great warnings of the Bible. It shows the importance of sound teaching and sound listening. It is always tempting to find teachers who teach what we want to hear. Instead, Paul instructs us to find teachers who teach the truth. Discussion Questions: 1. 2 Timothy is probably the last writing of Paul that we have. How would you expect the last letters of someone to sound compared to ones written earlier in life? 2. According to 2 Timothy 1:7, what are some gifts the Spirit of God gives us? How are those attributes exhibited in your life? 3. How would you put 2 Timothy 1:9 into your own words? Does that change the way yo

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Ep. #17 "SECOND TIMOTHY" [Series: PAUL'S LETTERS] | FaithChannel Episode: Paul’s Letters Series No. 17 Narrator: Timothy Primary Scriptures: 2 Timothy 1-4 Story Summary: Paul’s second letter to Timothy Location: Roman Empire; Asia; Ephesus Time: AD 30 Jesus crucified and resurrected; Pentecost; Holy Spirit arrives AD 48 Paul’s “famine visit” to Jerusalem; First Missionary Journey starts AD 50 Council at Jerusalem; Start of Second Missionary Journey. AD 53 Start of Third Missionary Journey AD 67 Paul writes Second Timothy Suggested Memory Scriptures: 2 Timothy 1:7, 9, 12; 2:15, 23-24; 3:1-4, 7, 16-17 Paul probably wrote the letter known as Second Timothy while imprisoned in Rome the second time. Paul thinks his life is near an end, although he believes Timothy has time to travel from Ephesus to Rome to be with him. In this letter he instructs Timothy to refute false teachers and to be faithful to God. Throughout the letter Paul pleads for Timothy to remain faithful to him and to God. Paul opens the letter calling Timothy his “dear son” and reminds him of their early acquaintance on the Second Missionary Journey. In the first and fourth chapters, Paul gives names of people who have deserted him and those who have remained faithful to him. He even says that “everyone” in the province of Asia has deserted him. Paul uses his life as an example that being an evangelist is not easy, but is full of hard work, self-discipline, and danger. With that caveat, Paul encourages Timothy that the price is worth prize. Not only will Timothy and Paul be rewarded, but others will receive eternal salvation because of their efforts. Paul encourages Timothy to behave in such a way that he will be like an approved worker who correctly handles the words of truth. Then he will be able to refute false teachers who preach such falsehoods as: the resurrection has already come; it is unimportant how you behave; and false information that results in foolish arguments. Timothy is warned to watch out for certain characteristics that mark false teachers and their followers. Paul’s words in the beginning of Chapter 3 and continuing into Chapter 4 could lead modern readers to conclude they are living in the last days, just as Timothy probably thought he was. Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 are vital for modern Christians to remember. All Scripture is God-breathed, not just some of it. 2 Timothy 4:3 is one of the great warnings of the Bible. It shows the importance of sound teaching and sound listening. It is always tempting to find teachers who teach what we want to hear. Instead, Paul instructs us to find teachers who teach the truth. Discussion Questions: 1. 2 Timothy is probably the last writing of Paul that we have. How would you expect the last letters of someone to sound compared to ones written earlier in life? 2. According to 2 Timothy 1:7, what are some gifts the Spirit of God gives us? How are those attributes exhibited in your life? 3. How would you put 2 Timothy 1:9 into your own words? Does that change the way yo

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