Girl, Gospel, Go | Day Nineteen
By: Megan Gover | Fight the Good Fight | To type in your answers to today’s study, click here.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” [2 Timothy 4:7]
Do you remember the five verbs Paul focused on yesterday. Write them from memory below:
Paul wrote Timothy with a sense of urgency to teach the word, because it wouldn’t be long before people began deserting truth for lies.
Re-read 2 Timothy 4:1-2 and continue reading until verse six. Fill in the chart as to the four marks of people listening to truth and those listening to lies.
What’s a modern day example of someone finding teachers to “suit their own passions?”
There are lots of false teachers and false teachings. Between the prosperity gospel, the New Age movement, and taking the Bible out of context, it’s both impossible and unimportant to know about every false teaching. We as believers are called to know the whole truth and nothing but the truth of Jesus Christ.
Paul’s directions in verse five are crystal clear. Write out what you think these characteristics look like in your life. Let the questions associated with each detail guide your thought process.
Sober-minded: When you hear the word sober, what word do you associate with it? Why are we to be sober-minded? When we are sober-minded who is in control of our life? What areas do you need to surrender to a sober-minded attitude?
Endure suffering: What is the purpose of suffering? How does this grow us into a better disciple and preacher of the Gospel? What situations are you suffering for the Gospel? Where do we draw strength to endure such suffering?
Do the work of the evangelist: What is an evangelist and what is their job primarily? How can we do the evangelist’s job without being a full-time evangelist?
Fulfill your ministry: What is the purpose of ministry? How can we do ministry without being a full-time minister? What people group, passion, or grievance in this world ignites compassion within you? How do you go about daily fulfilling your calling?
Which area do you want Jesus to increase in your life and why?
What do these characteristics communicate about the value of the Gospel and your involvement in sharing the Gospel?
Paul lived these four things well, wouldn’t you agree?! As we continue reading 2 Timothy 4:6-8, we will see his response to the end of his life and ministry drawing to a close.
Why does Paul describe himself as a drink offering? Where was he departing?
Paul loves a good illustration. What metaphor does he use and what does it mean?
What was Paul’s reward according to verse eight?
What promise is there for us today tucked into the end of this verse?
Paul knew his time on earth was coming to a close. I imagine he sat in his prison cell rehashing the good, the bad, and the ugly of his life. Though he was far from perfect, Paul recognized he lived faithful to his calling to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Can you honestly say the same? The Lord has placed different tracks before us with different passions, pursuits, and purposes. We might not be running the same course, but we have to finish the race set before us.
As you end this time, ask the Lord to give you endurance and perseverance to live all your days for the sake of his glory.