2 Timothy Chapter 4

September 19, 2013

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on 2 Timothy. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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As we close out the second letter to Timothy we will see Paul’s charge to Timothy preach the Word, correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction. We believe in Christ today because people like Timothy preached the Good News. We are now charged with the responsibility of sharing the Good News. Did you know that half the people who have ever lived are alive today, and most of them do not know Christ. We are called to be ambassadors for Christ, to share with others the Good News that we have found and experienced in Jesus. He is coming back soon, and we need to redeem the time we have until His return.

2 Timothy 4:1-22 (NIV)
1 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. 6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 9 Do your best to come to me quickly, 10 for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. 12 I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments. 14 Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. 15 You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message. 16 At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. 17 But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 19 Greet Priscilla and Aquila and the household of Onesiphorus. 20 Erastus stayed in Corinth, and I left Trophimus sick in Miletus. 21 Do your best to get here before winter. Eubulus greets you, and so do Pudens, Linus, Claudia and all the brothers. 22 The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.

2 Timothy 4:1-2

Preaching the Word of God, effectively sharing the Good News, the gospel, is the most important responsibility that the Church has been given. We need to ready, in season and out of season, to make the most of every opportunity that God gives us in fulfilling this responsibility.

2 Timothy 4:3-5

The world is filled with false teachings that satisfy people’s itching ears. They reject the truth of the Bible. They believe themselves to be more enlightened. That the Bible is an old fashioned book for old fashioned people in old fashioned times. Fairy tales and children’s stories. There is no absolute truth or standard for truth. Whatever you need at the moment to get by or get over.

As believers we need to keep our heads in all situations. Take time to pray before you react and often over react. Look to the Bible for answers. I am working on Philippians 4:5 all the time:

Philippians 4:5 (NIV)
5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

2 Timothy 4:6-8

Paul encourages Timothy to keep on pressing on and pressing in. Paul was coinfident that he was finishing well. He wants Timothy and us to do the same. Live your life “all in” for Him. That is where we experience real and abundant, now and forever life.

2 Timothy 4:9-16

In regards to finishing well, there are two interesting examples in these verses. One example is Demas, who doesn’t finish well. While he was a constant companion of Paul during his missionary journeys, here at the end he has deserted Paul for the things of the world.

Colossians 4:14 (NIV)
14 Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings.

Philippians 1:24 (NIV)
24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.

2 Timothy 4:10 (NIV)
10 for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica.

In contrast, Mark has done a 180 and is going to finish well, after having some issues earlier in his walk.

Acts 13:13 (NIV)
13 From Paphos, Paul and his companions sailed to Perga in Pamphylia, where John left them to return to Jerusalem.

Acts 15:36-41 (NIV)
36 Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the brothers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” 37 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, 38 but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. 39 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, 40 but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. 41 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

2 Timothy 4:11 (NIV)
11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry.

John Mark is the writer of the Gospel of Mark. It is never too late to decide to finish well.

2 Timothy 4:17-22

Paul is confident in the Lord as he approaches the end of his life. In these final verses that Paul would ever write, he encourages his faithful friends to carry on the ministry they have been called to.

Like Paul, and Timothy, we need to live lives that make a difference and have an impact for the Kingdom of God. Love well, be good friends, share the Good News, and make the most of every opportunity until the Lord returns.

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