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Other 2 Timothy resources:
2 Timothy 1:8-11 Unashamed for Our Faith | 2 Timothy 2:2 Becoming a Discipler | 2 Timothy 2:8-13 The Important Step of Commitment-Questions | 2 Timothy 3:16-17 The Word of God
Bible Study Questions for 2 Timothy 2:8-13 not only show the importance of knowing the right things and having the correct faith but transferring that faith into the life of practice and commitment.
“8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel, 9 for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned. 10 For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory” (2 Timothy 2:8-10).
What are we told to do in verse 8?
What are the specific things we are to bring to our minds (8)?
What does the word ‘Christ’ mean? Why is it used here?
Explain ‘risen from the dead’ in your own words?
Why might Paul call the gospel ‘my gospel’?
Detect from verse 9 where you think Paul is as he writes this letter to Timothy? Why so?
Why is it important that as Paul says, “the word of God is not imprisoned”? (9)
Why does Paul endure suffering (10)? Was he like this before he became a believer? Explain.
Think up three things you endure so that you can serve others.
Why is the salvation of others so important? Do you personally believe this? How do you know?
“11 It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him; 12 If we endure, we shall also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us; 13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself” (2 Timothy 2:11-13 NASB).
What makes a statement trustworthy? List three trustworthy statements (not including the ones above!).
What might it mean “if we died with Him”? (11)
What does it mean to live with Him (11)? Is this any different from “reign with Him” in verse 12? Explain.
Explain in your own words what it means to endure.
What does it mean to deny Him?
Does “He also will deny us” mean we will not be saved? Explain.
Explain a few ways a believer can be faithless.
Can God be faithless? Why or why not?
In what ways is it great that God is faithful?
In what ways is it terrifying for God to be faithful?
This group of verses was probably a standard church song. What do you note about it? How can this help us analyze the songs we sing? What are the purposes of church songs?
Name at least three reasons the resurrection of Jesus Christ is crucial to the Gospel?
Can the resurrection of Jesus only refer to the spirit side of Jesus or must it include His physical side too? Why?
What made Paul confident that he could say “the word of God is not imprisoned”?
What is one thing that you face great difficulty enduring? Why? Go from knowing what is right to valuing that and implementing it in your life. Note the steps below.
(1) Identify what is hard for you to do.
(2) Why do you think it is right and best to do it?
(3) List what you rather do. Note its inferiority compared to the previous statement.
(4) Confess the inferior for what it is. State you do not want that but Christ to carry out His excellent purposes for your life. Find forgiveness for the past, focus on your new values and entrust God to help you carry them out. Praise Him for this work.
Can a person lose salvation? Why or why not? Provide biblical support for your answer and relate it to the above statement on “He will also deny us” (12).
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