Girl, Gospel, Go | Day Three Answers
By: Megan Gover | Family and Faith | To type in your answers to today’s study, click here.
“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.” [2 Timothy 1:5]
Paul could have spent his prison time worrying, doubting, and fearing his present circumstances. However, he passed the time praying, remembering, and thanking the Lord for Timothy, his spiritual son.
As you open up this time with the Lord, what prayer requests do you need to lay before Him? What promises or truths do you need to remember today? Lastly, wrap up your time praising the Lord for 2-3 specific things in your life.
Now, open up and read 2 Timothy 1:3-4. Rewrite 2 Timothy 1:3 in your own words.
No right or wrong answer here! Just rewrite in your own words!
What tense is Paul acknowledging his service? (Past, present, or future) How was Paul serving the Lord in his jail cell?
He used present tense to describe his service in jail. From his cell, Paul reminded young Timothy of the Gospel entrusted to him. As a result, he was encouraging believers around the world through his encouragement to Timothy, his spiritual son.
Paul acknowledges his ancestors when declaring the God of his youth. What do these two passages mention about his regarding his upbringing + religion?
1 Timothy 1:12-15 -
Paul was a “blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent.” He acted in unbelief and the Lord’s grace overflowed for him. He calls himself the worst of sinners!
Philippians 3:4-7 -
He was circumcised on the eighth day, from the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews, as to the law, a Pharisee, as to zeal, a persecutor of the church, as to righteousness under the law, blameless. He was the Jew of all Jews essentially!
Paul initially heard about Jesus through his Jewish ancestors’ faith. But, his legalistic family was guilty of persecuting Christians instead of proclaiming Christ. Visit Acts 7:54-8:1. Whose death did Paul (then Saul) approve of?
Saul approved of Stephen’s stoning.
Why then could Paul claim his conscience was clear?
Paul’s family planted seeds of Jewish faith and eventually rooted him in Jesus. But, his conscience--despite his guilt--was cleared on the Cross. Therefore, his ministry of proclaiming the Gospel paved the way for generations today to know Jesus through discipleship. And as we will see in the next few verses, he truly loved those he led.
Re-read 2 Timothy 1:3-4. What word is used twice throughout these first few verses? Circle them in your Bible.
When someone remembers your name, birthday, or another big event in your life, how does it make you feel?
Describe some of the emotions Timothy must have felt as a result of being remembered by Paul.
Timothy felt incredibly encouraged, seen, and known.
At this point in history, Christians were in a modern-day Hunger Games; they were hunted left and right. Paul’s prayers gave a comforting strength to Timothy as he pressed on to live out the faith he learned from his family by blood while mourning Paul’s imprisonment.
Why do you think Paul “longed” to see Timothy? Why would Timothy have shed tears?
Well, Paul probably wanted to a) be out of jail! But, b) they were spiritual family, so they loved each other’s company and encouragement.
We don’t know the details of their last encounter, but this passage sheds light on Timothy and Paul’s relationship. They weren’t blood-related but were spiritual father and son.
Name some people who are your spiritual mothers, fathers, brothers or sisters.
What connects you to these people? Why do you hold them so dear?
How often would you say you go to the Lord in prayer for these people? Take a couple minutes to praise the Lord for those who have powerfully impacted your walk with Jesus.
Continue reading 2 Timothy 1:5-7. Circle any repetitive words in this section. What two words were repeated? Define them below.
Faith - believing when you cannot see
Dwell - to live, abide, and linger
How do these two themes interact? Why must our faith dwell within us?
Our faith in Jesus must linger and be present in every aspect of our lives. It must be deep within us as we live!
How did Paul describe Timothy’s faith? What influences does he mention?
He called his faith sincere. His mother and grandmother were spiritual influences in his life!
Let’s recap a little bit.
After studying both Paul and Timothy’s families and influences, write what you know about their spiritual lives below.
How were Timothy and Paul’s testimonies similar? How were they different?
Paul experienced a night-and-day difference when he came to know Christ, including a heart change, name change, life change. On the other hand, Timothy had women in his life who raised him in the knowledge of Jesus since birth.
One’s salvation experience was sudden. The other steady.
They both had different upbringings. They both had different families. They both had different testimonies. Yet, despite their differences, they shared a similarity: allowing Jesus to change their hearts and lives radically .
Our testimonies should be one of the most treasured stories in our life. Wrap up this time thanking the Lord from saving you and using you to share His glory!