Sermon Bible Study Guides

2 Timothy 4:9–22 - December 13th, 2019

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read 2 Timothy 4:9–22
  2. What repeated words or themes do you see?
  3. Who are the people mentioned?
  4. What does Paul ask of Timothy (v. 9)?
  5. Who deserted Paul?
  6. Who did Paul ask Timothy to bring with him (v. 11)?
  7. What else did Paul ask Timothy to bring (v. 13)?
  8. How did Alexander the coppersmith treat Paul (v. 14)?
  9. Who stood by Paul and strengthened him (v. 17)?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Summarize the passage in one sentence
  2. Why did Demas desert Paul (v. 10)?
  3. What happened between Paul and Mark previously (v. 11)?
  4. Why did Paul want a cloak, books, and parchments (v. 13)?
  5. How can Paul say the Lord will rescue him from evil deeds when he has experienced physical persecution and almost died?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Have you ever been tempted to desert the faith or faithful friends? Why or why not?
    1. Do you know anyone who has left the faith? What does it look like to stop following Christ?
  2. How has God delivered you when you faithfully proclaimed the gospel and opposition came?
  3. How can you encourage fellow church members to faithfulness like Paul?
  4. God's faithfulness strengthened Paul, how does it strengthen your faith?
  5. Sing Great is Thy Faithfulness to God and to one another.

2 Timothy 4:1–8 - December 6th, 2019

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read 2 Timothy 4:1–8
  2. What repeated words or themes do you see?
  3. Who are the people mentioned?
  4. Who did Paul charge Timothy in the presence of?
  5. What did Paul charge Timothy to do?
  6. When did Paul tell Timothy to be ready for this?
  7. Why will people not endure sound teaching according to Paul?
  8. What stage of life is Paul writing from?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Summarize the passage in one sentence
  2. What does 'by his appearing and his kingdom' mean in v. 1?
  3. What does it mean to have 'itching ears' in v. 3?
  4. What is the work of an evangelist in v. 5?
  5. What type of judgment does Paul expect from the Lord?
  6. What does it mean to 'have loved his appearing' in v. 8?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How can you pray for those who preach the Word (elders) to you from this passage?
  2. How can you guard yourself from having 'itching ears'?
    1. How can you guard your fellow members from this?
  3. How does Christ's second coming motivate you to be faithful in this life?
  4. How can you encourage fellow church members to look forward to Christ's coming?
  5. Sing Never Cease to Praise to God and to one another.

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