Girl, Gospel, Go | Day Nine Answers
By: Megan Gover | Entrusted with the Gospel | To type in your answers to today’s study, click here.
“By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.” [2 Timothy 1:14]
Entrusted. Not a word most people use every day! However, if we forget the Gospel entrusted to us, we miss the mark of being a disciple of Jesus.
To begin today’s study, re-read 2 Timothy 1:8-12. At the end of verse 12, Paul mentions he is not ashamed. What two reasons back up his confidence?
Paul knew whom he believed and was convinced the Lord would guard what was given to Paul—the entrusted Gospel.
Paul knew who he believed. What do you believe about Jesus? How should your faith in Christ affect your confidence to live for him?
Paul was also confident in God’s capabilities to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to him. To digest this verse, let’s look at a few components.
What is Paul referring to which needs guarding?
The Gospel entrusted to him!
Why is Day capitalized? What day is being referred to?
This isn’t a grammar mistake. Paul is alluding to the final day when Jesus comes back to take us for eternity. It’s the day we will stand before God.
How would you define the word “entrusted?”
Entrusted means “commit to another with confidence.” On a scale of 1-10, how confident would you be in allowing someone to protect and guard the following things?
1 - No Way, Jose! 5 - Maybe, so? 10 - ABSOLUTELY.
______ Your School Textbook ______ Your Grandmother’s necklace
______ Your Car ______ Your old yoga pants
______ An album of old family pictures ______ Your Phone
Your answers probably varied depending on whom you were entrusting what to, right? Could I trust my mom with my grandmother’s old necklace? Absolutely! A little brother?! No, no, no. We trust only those we know will rightly handle the gift given into their care.
So, what did Jesus entrust to us? Flip over to 1 Timothy 1:11 for clarity.
The Gospel of the Lord’s glory.
The deposit entrusted to Paul was the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Good News of Jesus dying on the Cross for our sins was given not only to Paul but to all who confess Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The Gospel isn’t just for megastar missionaries. The Lord trusted Y O U with carrying the Gospel into a broken world.
What words or emotions come to mind knowing Jesus trusts Y O U with the world’s most needed message?
Ultimately, Paul could persevere from his jail cell knowing the Lord had every vote of confidence in him to keep teaching the Gospel. What current situations do you need to persist in? How can you endure knowing the Lord has every vote of confidence in you to share the Gospel--even in the midst of your hurting?
As we wrap up this chapter, let’s continue reading 2 Timothy 1:13-14. What did Paul tell Timothy to do within these two verses?
Follow the pattern of sound words he heard from Paul and guard the good deposit entrusted to him.
When you hear the word follow, what do you think of?
Why did Paul want him to follow the pattern?
Paul wasn’t saying I’m perfect, therefore imitate me. He was following the example of Jesus. Obviously, we must first and foremost follow Christ in our pursuit to be like Him. However, look to wise believers who are walking closely with Christ. They are a reliable source to mimic!
One important thing we should always look for in our Bibles are the footnotes. In verse 14, does your translation have a reference right after the word sound? If so, what does it say the word might mean instead?
Why is it important for Timothy to follow Paul’s healthy words?
Healthy words help us spiritual grow. They bring life, not decay!
With the rise of social media and instant access to the world, there is also a rise in false teaching. We must know the truth that sets us free and guard it with everything we have.
Discipleship is not supposed to be just transformational in our hearts and lives. It has to be transferable. We learn from wise men and women before us and gauge their words by Scripture. The truth we learn must then be passed on to those around us.
To end today’s study, work through these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you accurately survey these areas of your life.
Who is someone you can listen to and learn discipleship from?
How are you living out the Gospel entrusted to you?
What steps do you need to take to live a life of discipleship?
End this time thanking the Lord for the spiritual leaders who have passed on the spiritual baton in your life.