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2 Timothy 3: 10-16 – Dear Timothy… all scripture is God-breathed

1. Read 2 Timothy 3:10-16. If you have different translations read the passage from several different translations.

THE CONTEXT OF PAUL’S PERSECUTION AND SUFFERING

2. Read verses 10-12 again. This refers to the suffering Paul endured in Psidium Antioch, Iconium and Lystra. The record of this persecution is found in Acts 13 and 14. read Acts 13:44 to 14:20. After being

chased out of 2 cities and stoned almost to death in a third, how do you think you would have responded?

  1. Read 2 Corinthians 11:16-33. Here Paul lists the extraordinary litany of suffering he has endured for the sake of the Gospel. Once again, how do you think you would have responded if you had been subject to all this? Why didn’t God protect Paul more? Do you think any good possibly came from Paul’s suffering?
  2. What applications can we make from experience to our own lives?

EXHORTATION: HOLD ON TO YOUR FAITH

Read 2 Timothy 3:14-15

  1. In verse 14, Paul asks Timothy to reflect on the lives of those who had discipled him. How might this help us if we are undergoing trials or difficulties? What kinds of qualities in others might be an encouragement to us?
  2. In verse 15, Paul tells Timothy that another key for staying strong in his faith is focusing on the scriptures. What, in particular, does verse 15 say that the scriptures can do for us? Explain.

ALL SCRIPTURE IS GOD-BREATHED

Read 2 Timothy 3:16

  1. The Bible teaches, rebukes corrects and trains us. Explain the subtle differences between each of these. Give practical examples if possible.
  2. The Bible is “theopneustos” or God-breathed. Explain what this means. Are there mistakes in the Bible? In what sense is it inspired by God? Do you have difficulty believing in the inspiration of the Bible?
  3. What evidence is there of the Bible’s inspiration? How might we help someone who is struggling to believe in the Bible’s inspiration?

10. What struggles do you experience in reading the Bible regularly? What has helped and what tends to hinder? Share some practical suggestions for being more regular and more effective in your Bible reading.

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Oh Lord, help us to have a passion for your Word. Place within us, by your indwelling Holy Spirit, a desire to read your message to us. Help us to obey your Word and put it into practice, that our lives may glorify you and our faith remain strong through all that life may bring us.