February 23, 2014

The Word of Life

2 Timothy 3:10-17



No matter how excellent and brilliant a piece of literature is, it will eventually become dated, obsolete, and relegated to history. Not so with the Bible. It’s alive and it breathes life. It has power to convict the guilty, to encourage the downhearted, it can save the soul and change lives. You are physically alive but don’t feel ‘life’. Read it, accept and live by its message, and expect to live life to the fullest and for eternity.


Into the Word

Timothy was a first century Christian and pastor at the church in Ephesus who later became bishop in that place. He was a native of Lystra in Lycanoia.  His grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice were eminent believers in regards to piety and faith (2 Timothy 1:5). Previously, Timothy was a ministry apprentice under Paul who referred to him as his “rue son in the faith” (1Timothy 1:2). In this passage, Paul encouraged Timothy who was often sick and harassed in the ministry to remain strong in the Word.


Instruction for Evangelism

Teach the person you are doing discipleship with to learn that…

1.  Bible learning should result in salvation and life being sanctified.

2.  Bible teaching must present the full, not partial, teachings of God.

3.  Bible knowledge and wisdom equip believers for serving God.


Insight to Live By

The Bible is not a fiction, novel, or an academic textbook, as it is a book about God revealing Himself to us.


All Scripture Is Breathed Out by God

10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom[a] you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God[b] may be complete, equipped for every good work.


Interaction with His Word

Devotional Study Guide

2 Timothy 3:10-17


1.   Who was Timothy? Please answer from your “stock knowledge”, your quick reference in your iPad, or

      from the “Into the Word” section in the bulletin.

2.  Why did Paul refer to Timothy as his “true son in the faith” (1 Timothy 1:2)? Check out “Into the Word”

      section as well.

3.   How did Paul affirm Timothy based on verses 10-11?

4.  How is Joel Osteen wrong in his claim that if you have faith you can have your “best life now” based on

     verse 12-13?

5.   What were the sources of Timothy’s faith based on verses 14-15?

6.   What is meant by “breathe by God” in reference to Scripture that makes it profitable (v.16)?

      Please explain your answer

7.  What would be the result if a man holds on to the teaching of Scripture according to v.17?


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