2 Timothy 4:9-13

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Some Personal Remarks from Paul to Timothy

2 Timothy 4:9-13

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Lesson Number 18

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Serving Christ involves loneliness at times.
  2. Serving Christ involves disappointment at times.
  3. Serving Christ involves inconvenience at times.

Practical Application

  1. It’s better to be a Mark than a Demas.
  2. Let’s be students for life.


  1. Paul urges Timothy to join him in Rome. Why did he send for Timothy? What did he ask him to bring?
  2. Who carried the letter from Paul to Timothy? Why did Paul choose this man?
  3. Does serving Christ involve disappointments at times?
  4. How does serving Christ bring inconveniences at times?


  1. Paul missed his son in the faith, and wanted to see him before he was martyred. Paul asked Timothy to bring his cloak, books and parchments.
  2. It was probably Tychicus. He was chosen to cover for Timothy in his absence.
  3. Yes, especially when someone you’ve encouraged in the faith suddenly turns his back on Christ.
  4. Paul was inconvenienced in a dark, damp dungeon when he was without his coat and books. Our inconveniences may not be as dramatic, but we will experience times of inconvenience. However, these times serve to keep us humble and dependent on the Lord.


  1. Have you ever been lonely in your service for Christ?
  2. Have you ever been disappointed while serving Christ?
  3. Have you ever been inconvenienced in your service for Christ?


  1. Have you ever been in a position when you have been without your Bible? Did you long for it? Read Psalm 42:1-2.

Key Verses

  • “…he is useful to me for ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:11
  • “…when you come, bring the books, especially the parchments.” 2 Timothy 4:13

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