Bible Readings for May 16-22

1 Timothy 6

How do you ensure you are teaching (and being taught) the “sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ”?

Why do you think people are attracted to words of controversy or conflict? How can we work to avoid these, especially in the church?

How content are you? How do you seek even more contentment in your life?

2 Timothy 1

Who do you remember in your prayers day and night? Why is this person or these people so important to you?

Have you ever been ashamed of the testimony about God? Why might people be ashamed of this and how do we avoid it?

Have you ever thought about the message of Christ in you as a deposit? How does such a view change or affect how and why you go about sharing that message?

2 Timothy 2

How would knowing that Paul is in prison because of his preaching change the way Timothy might hear his message? How does it change how you hear it?

Several times Paul mentions avoiding quarrels about words or irreverent babbling. Why do you think these things were so important to Paul?

How have you pursued righteousness, faith, love, and peace today?

2 Timothy 3

Last days or not, how have you seen people act in the ways Paul describes in this chapter? How do we deal with people like this?

Are you persecuted? How are persecution and godly lives connected?

If all scripture is God-breathed, what should our response and attitude be toward the reading and study of it?

2 Timothy 4

In what ways do you preach the word?

How well are you fighting the good fight and finishing the race?

2 Timothy 3.16-17 – June 29, 2020

2 Timothy 3:16–17

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.  (2 Timothy 3:16–17, NIV)

“Reassurance that everything we see in the Bible is from God.”

Thought Questions:

Why does scripture being “God-breathed” give you comfort and assurance?

In what ways have you seen God’s word be useful for “teaching, rebuking, correcting and training”?

In what ways does the word of God equip you for the work you are to do for God this week?

2 Timothy 1.7 – June 25, 2020

2 Timothy 1:7

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7, NIV)

Power. Love. Self-discipline. Do these describe your life in Christ?

Thought Questions:

Why do you think some people who believe in God do so with timidity? Why is it easy for us to shrink back, instead of speaking or acting in power, when it comes to our faith?

Do you feel like God has given you a sense of power when it comes to your faith? Why or why not? What might make you understand his power in you more?

What can you do today to act more in a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline?

2 Timothy 2.11-13 – June 18, 2020

2 Timothy 2:11–13

Here is a trustworthy saying: 

If we died with him,
we will also live with him;
12 if we endure,
we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
he will also disown us;
13 if we are faithless,
he remains faithful,
for he cannot disown himself.

(2 Timothy 2:11–13, NIV)

Paul’s second letter to Timothy is in many ways his last will and testament, including trustworthy sayings for Paul’s young follower Timothy to remember.

Thought Questions:

Why does dying with Christ also mean living with him? In what ways do we often think these things complete opposites of one another?

What things do you find most challenging about enduring with Christ? What are ways that help you overcome the temptation to not continue to ensure?

How comforting is it to know that God’s love for you is based on his faithfulness, not ours?

2 Timothy 3.10-17 – January 2, 2020

2 Timothy 3.10-17

10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God p may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (NIV)

The image of Timothy, Paul’s young prodigy, knowing the word of God since infancy is a testimony to not only Timothy’s mother and grandmother (see 2 Timothy 1.5), but also the importance Paul has placed in the need to be in the scripture often.

Thought Questions:

Who in your life is an example of the way to live a Godly life in Christ? For whom are you an example?

What strategies do you use to learn scripture? In what ways might you be able to expand the way you do this, to learn even more?

In what ways have you found scripture to be useful for teaching, rebuking, correction, and training in righteousness?