2 Timothy


  1. What evidence do you see in 2 Timothy that suggests Paul had (again) been imprisoned?

  2. Paul speaks of the Holy Spirit that dwells in us (2 Tim. 2:14). Does he suggest that the Holy Spirit thus enables us to do anything?

  3. 2 Tim. 2:17-18 suggests what location for Paul and what location for Timothy?


  4. In 2 Tim. 4:5, Paul says, "do the work of an evangelist." As much as anything in the New Testament, 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus give us a picture of the work of an evangelist, and 2 Timothy is particularly instructive. Consider the following questions in light of 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus...

    1. Does it fairly represent all that the New Testament has to say about the work of an evangelist to say that "all Christians are evangelists"? (Consider 2 Tim. 2:4-7, 2 Tim. 4:1-5, Tit. 1:5)

    2. Is it proper to call an evangelist a "minister"? What does minister mean, and how is that meaning relevant to the work of an evangelist? (Consider 2 Tim. 4:5, 1 Tim. 4:6)

    3. Of whom or what is the evangelist a "slave" (2 Tim. 2:24) and of whom or what is the evangelist a servant? For the latter question, compare Paul's description of his own role in Col. 1:23.

    4. In 2 Tim. 3:17, Paul refers to "the man of God." Think of the OT significance of this expression (1 Sam. 2:27; 1 Sam. 9:6-10; 1 Ki. 12:22; 1 Ki. 13:1, 4-8, 11-12, 14, 21, 26, 29, 31; 1 Ki. 17:18, 24; 1 Ki. 20:28, etc.) and then determine who all Paul has particularly in mind when he speaks of "the man of God."

  5. Compare 2 Tim. 3:5 and consider the attention that Paul has given to confronting gnostic influence. Why could it be said that gnostics hold "a form of godliness," but deny "the power thereof"?