OVERVIEW: Paul encourages Timothy to work hard as a servant of the Lord and to persevere through challenging times. He wants him to ignore false teaching and to follow God’s instructions.
BIG IDEA: Never give up. Work hard for Jesus.
KEY VERSE: 2 Timothy 2:15 (Paul to Timothy)
Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I have given you the truth to practice and pass on to others. Don’t be discouraged by challenges in life. Rise and overcome them, persevering in doing all I have called you to do and to model to others that I am faithful. Christ is risen, and that same resurrection power is available for you to live victoriously, regardless of the circumstances. And when you fall short, I never will. I am faithful, and you can count on me to be with you forever.
Practice what you preach. Keep reminding those in your life to walk with me and to turn to my word for guidance. Competing voices will surround you, some simply trying to be loud, but others intending to be divisive. Stay in step with me. You bear the name of Christ, so walk as he walked. You have the power to do so. Stand firm and follow me. Turn away from the desires of the world and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace.
Identify someone who can invest in you and invite that person to meet with you for regular check-ins, corrections, and instructions. Identify 2-3 others you can invest in, and meet weekly to go through a study on what it means to follow Jesus. Cast vision for them to do the same upon completion.