Following on from the ministry we received on Sunday February 21 from 2Timothy 2:1-10, here are some suggested questions for use in your Small Group discussions and/or personal study;

Icebreaker

  • Have you ever been involved in something like a marathon or a something else that required prolonged effort and been tempted to quit?

 

Questions

We are looking at this letter Paul has written  to his son in the faith, Timothy, with regard to caring for the church Timothy is leading.

  • There are a number of exhortations in this passage. For example: “Be strong” (Verse 1), “Consider” (Verse 7). What others can you find and what do they tell you?

 

Question from the Military

  • What kind of things can distract us as church and individuals from following Jesus?
    • Are there any “good things” that can turn out to be distractions?
  • How do Verses 1-2 help us to keep our focus and avoid taking detours and distractions?
    • What role do we have as the church have in helping us, in this?

 

Question from the Track

  • Looking at verse 5, what can be the rules we would want to break?
    • Would our motives always be bad for being tempted to break these rules?

 

Question from the Field

  • What are our roles as servants of God and what are not our roles (1Corinthians 3:5-9)?

 

Further Reading

Here are some further questions which may be useful for your Small Group session or for personal reflection.

  • Paul says in Verse 8Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David according to my gospel
    • Why does remembering this help?
    • Why do you think Paul describes Jesus in this way?
  • Paul says in Verse 10Because of this, I endure all things for the sake of the chosen, in order that they also may obtain salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
    • Does it encourage you that there are still those who are chosen but have not yet obtained salvation? If so, in what way?

 

  • Paul says “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses” (Verses 1b – 2a). What kind of things would Timothy have heard from Paul (for example, Verse 8, Galatians 1:6-9)
  • What is Timothy to do with the things he has heard from Paul (Verse 2b)?
    • Why do you think this is a priority for Paul?
    • What does this tell you about the role of leaders in the church today?