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“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 may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

2 Timothy 3:10-17

Introduction

2 Timothy is Paul’s second letter to Timothy, one of his disciples whom he had trained in the ways of following Christ since he was a young man. Timothy was now leading at the church in Ephesus and Paul wrote a final letter to him, before his death. Our passage from chapter 3 is a direct exhortation from Paul to Timothy, encouraging him to stay faithful in his preaching of the Gospel. Paul spoke to the importance and usefulness of the Word of God to Timothy, as it related to his preaching and leading the people of God.

Prayer

God, I come to You today asking for a fresh breath from You as I study Your Word today. Help me to hear clearly from You as I study this passage in 2 Timothy. My heart is open to You. Mold me and shape me to become more like You and to live a life, protected by the breastplate of righteousness.

Questions from today’s reading:

  • Who did Paul credit with rescuing him from the hardships he had faced?
  • What does Paul assure will happen to everyone who wants to live a Godly life?
  • What is the Bible (scripture) able to produce in our lives?
  • How are we equipped by scripture for every good work?

Applications from today’s reading:

  • Read the worldly attributes listed by Paul in verses 1-5a.
    • Write down each worldly attribute. Take a moment to write down the Godly attributes that we should replace these with.
  • Is there a person older than you who has walked with God faithfully and through hard times?
    • Write down what you have learned from that person about what it means to walk faithfully with God.
  • If persecution (hard times) are coming, we need to be equipped with the armor of God.
  • All scripture is inspired (breathed) by God. Because of this, it is useful to:
    • Teach
    • Rebuke
    • Correct
    • Train in righteousness
  • As it pertains to the Armor of God, righteousness is our breastplate.
    • To be equipped with righteousness, we must spend time in Scripture.
    • Scripture trains us to do what is right.
    • As we daily spend time in Scripture and become well-versed in doing what is right (righteousness), we put on the breastplate of righteousness. We are building protection for our hearts and minds to stand firm.

Prayer

God, it is only in You, and through you that I can live a life of righteousness. I pray that You will give me the strength to become a person of the Word. Help me to live a life that is marked by the Word of God. For it is through Your Word that I am changed from the inside out, to live a life of righteousness. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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