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2 Timothy 1:1-2

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The Salutation of the Letter

2 Timothy 1:1-2

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Lesson Number 1

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. It was the will of God that Paul became an apostle.
  2. It is the will of God that people receive the promise of life.

Practical Application

  1. Let’s establish Paul-Timothy relationships.
  2. Let’s practice Paul-Timothy correspondence.

Questions

  1. When, by whom, to whom, and under what circumstances was 2 Timothy written?
  2. What was the purpose of Paul’s apostleship?
  3. Describe Timothy’s family.
  4. What was Timothy’s reputation?
  5. What is the theme of 2 Timothy?

Answers

  1. Second Timothy was written about 66 or 67 A.D., by Paul to Timothy. Paul was imprisoned in Rome. Timothy was in Ephesus, helping to establish a church there.
  2. To spread the word that eternal life was available in Jesus Christ.
  3. He was the son of a Jewish woman, Eunice, and a Greek father. His mother and his grandmother, Lois, were Christians.
  4. Timothy was spoken well of by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium (Acts 16:1-2).
  5. The theme is “Encouragement to Faithfulness.” Paul encouraged Timothy to remain faithful, even though others were falling away from the faith because the Roman persecutions had begun.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Consider the theme of this letter – an encouragement to faithfulness. How faithful are you to Christ, especially in the face of opposition?
  2. The purpose of Paul’s apostleship was to spread the word that eternal life was available in Jesus Christ. Who shared this word with you? Are you sharing this word with anyone?

Challenge

  1. Seek out a Paul to disciple you. Seek out a Timothy you can disciple. Encourage someone today through a letter or a call.

Key Verses

  • “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 1:1

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