Verses 1-4. What does Paul tell us here concerning the origin and the aims of his ministry?
What was the basis of his assurance?
Verses 10-14. What was wrong with those whom Paul criticizes here?
Make a list of their faults and failings.
How, by contrast, are sincerity and genuineness revealed?
Verses 6-9. Make a list of the qualifications desirable in a Christian minister which are mentioned here. Compare them with those stated in 1 Tim. 3:1-13.
Verses 1-10. How can .Christians ‘make the teaching about God our Saviour attractive’?
Examine carefully the characteristics demanded from the different classes mentioned, and summarize them briefly in your own words.
Which characteristic ought you particularly to desire and cultivate?
Verses 11-14. What reasons are given here why a Christian should live differently?
(a) What should you give up?
(b) How should you live? How far is the true of you?
Verses 1-13. Of what are the evil traits listed here a characteristic expression?
What by contrast ought to true Christians to be like?
How can we counter such evil tendencies:
(a) in ourselves, and
(b) in the community to which we belong?
Verses 14-17. What great things can the right use of the Bible do for us?
Note its contributions at each stage from
(a) early childhood and its dependence on others, through
(b) adolescence and its discipline, to
(c) mature manhood and its active service.
What must we do fully to enjoy these benefits?
What ministry is Paul urging Timothy to fulfil here?
Make a list of the main points in Paul’s charge to him.
How does this chapter also indicate the possibilities of failure, and its causes?
What challenge ought I to find here concerning my own Christian service?
Consider Paul as he face death. Note:
(a) his consciousness about the past;
(b) his confession about, and his confidence in, the present;
(c) his hope for the future.
How far can and do I share his experience and his outlook? Note Paul’s words in 1 Cor. 11:1.
Picture Paul’s circumstances. See also 4:9-13. What positive Christian truths sustained and encouraged Paul as he lay in prison?
Note how Paul reminds Timothy of the demands and cost of Christian service.
Express in your own words the chief points of Paul’s counsel and exhortation to him.
To which of these do you particularly need to listen?
What do verses 3-7 reveal concerning the value of a God-fearing and Christian home and upbringing? Cf. 3:14, 15.
What do verses 1-13 teach about the Christian life concerning:
(a) what it demands from those who embrace it,
(b) the source of its strength, and
(c) its final end? Seek personally to face the challenge of the illustrations that Paul uses.
Verses 14-26. What should be the Christian’s dominant aim and purpose? What should be his attitude to:
(a) evil things, and
(b) enemies of the truth?
Note: (a) what Timothy is repeatedly told here particularly to avoid; and
(b) by what methods he is to seek to win back to the truth those who are misled.
Verses 3-5, 20, 21. What characteristics of false teachers are mentioned here?
What is lacking and what out of peace, in their attitude and practice?
From these statements make a list of things of God. Set over against them the positive aims desirable in a true man of God (verses 11-14).
Verses 6-10, 17-19. What are the perils of covetousness and wealth?
What is the proper attitude to, and use of, material possessions?
On what should our desires and hopes be fixed?
Make a list of all the things that Timothy is here told to do and to avoid in order to become ‘a good minister of Christ’.
Distinguish in this passage (and in the list made in answer to question 1) between actions that concerned:
(a) Timothy’s personal life, and
(b) his public ministry.
What can we learn here concerning the connection of these two?