Girl, Gospel, Go | Day Eleven
By: Megan Gover | Listen, Live, Lead | To type in your answers, click here.
“What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” [2 Timothy 2:2]
Throughout 2 Timothy chapter one, Paul reminds Timothy: the Lord entrusts you with His Gospel. Chapter two dives into how to live entrusted with this gift.
Before jumping in today’s passage, ask the Lord to give you a teachable spirit to know more about Him!
Read 2 Timothy 2:1-2. According to Paul what strengthens us in Christ Jesus?
Why would Timothy need strength?
How can grace strengthen us?
Think of a time in your life where the Lord’s grace supported you. Then, think of a time you tried to be strong in yourself. Name some of the differences in how you felt, how the circumstance came out, and your spiritual state.
Strong in Yourself Strong in the Lord
Finding strength in ourselves is an uphill battle we will never win. We are never enough. Never strong enough. Never powerful enough.
If we don't allow God's grace to strengthen us, our sinful selves weaken.
Grace is the only thing to refresh, renew, and revive our hearts. It is afforded to us for free because of the high price Jesus paid for us on the Cross. Grace daily illustrates itself through the Lord’s love.
Knowing the power of grace, what are some tangible steps you can daily take to be strengthened in grace today?
Paul reminds Timothy to find strength solely in God’s grace. For if Timothy (and us as believers) want to live out the Gospel entrusted to us, we have to have our foundation anchored in the Lord’s grace. But, Paul also instructs Timothy to do something specific in verse two. Write out verse two below.
There’s a process in Paul’s directions.
Listen. Live. Lead.
Let’s look at listen first. Paul essentially says: take what you heard me speak, live it and lead others to do it. It’s as if Paul is leading them to play a game of Paul Says. Not only did Paul say this throughout 2 Timothy, but he echoes the same sentiment in several places across the New Testament.
Look up the following references and match the corresponding verse.
____ 1 Corinthians 4:16
____ 1 Corinthians 11:1
____ Philippians 3:17
____ Philippians 4:9
____ 2 Thessalonians 3:7
“I urge you, then, be imitators of me.”
“For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you…”
“Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who have walked according to the example you have in us.”
“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”
“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me--put into practice.”
This isn’t a prideful Paul claiming to be the best or perfect Christian. He’s just trying to follow the example of Jesus Himself. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus uttered two words: follow me. The crowds of people followed Jesus. The disciples followed Jesus. His inner circle--Peter, John, and James--followed Jesus. But, it was those who spent the most time with Christ personally who spread the Gospel throughout the globe and generations.
How would you define the word follow?
According to Webster’s Dictionary, there are several different definitions, but this one seems very applicable: “to engage in as a calling or way of life.”
Paul called others to see what being a disciple of Jesus looked like in his life not for his glory, but for disciples to make disciples. The entrusted are now entrusting the Gospel to others. It’s a domino effect. Once you know Jesus, you pass on the baton to those around you.
What qualifications did Paul list for those who need to be discipled?
Paul encouraged Timothy to find men who were willing to learn, be taught, and teach others. Those are the characteristics we need to live a life of disciple-making.
Why were these details important? What would happen if they didn’t demonstrate these characteristics?
Continue reading 2 Timothy 2:3-7. List what Paul mentions about these three analogies and what discipline they endure.
What is Paul’s end goal in teaching about these analogies?
Paul likens the soldier’s lack of luxury, the athlete’s training, and the farmer’s extreme work-ethic and patience to propel us in living out our calling. As we end our time today, “reflect on what [Paul is] saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.” (2 Timothy 2:7)