- 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.