Fan Into Flame the Gift of God
Questions for Study 1
2 Timothy 1:1-18
Memory Verse: 7
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I. God did not Give us a Spirit of Timidity (1-7)
1. What were Paul's circumstances at this time (2:9, 4:6,7) How does Paul introduce himself?
2. What was Paul's relationship to Timothy? (Philippians 2:20-22) What can you say about Timothy's background? (Acts 16:1-3, 5; and 1 Tim. 4:12a; Phil. 2:19-20)
3. What was Timothy's position in Ephesus? (1 Tim. 1:3) What can you say about his situation in Ephesus at that time? What does Paul say about Timothy's faith? (5) What might have been his spiritual condition at this time?
4. Why might a person with sincere faith like Timothy be fearful? Where does the Spirit of fear come from? (Romans 8:15, Hebrews 2:14,15) How can God's servants overcome their fear problem? (6; and 1 Cor. 12:1-11, 28; Acts 2:38)
5. Where does the spirit of power come from? How does the spirit of love drive out fear from the hearts of God's servants? (1 John 4:18, Romans 8:31) Why is it essential for God's servants to maintain the spirit of self-discipline?
II. Join with me in Suffering for the Gospel (8-18)
6. Why might Timothy be ashamed of Paul or the gospel? (8a) How does Paul challenge him to have a positive attitude toward suffering?
7. How can one participate in the suffering of Christ? (8b-9a) How might testifying about Jesus lead to suffering?
8. How is the grace of God revealed to us? (9b-10) What is his purpose of calling and saving us?
9. How can Paul confidently encourage Timothy to join him in suffering for the gospel? Why wasn't Paul ashamed of his suffering and of the gospel? (11-12) What can you learn about Paul's faith through this?
10. Who had discouraged Paul and Timothy? Why? Who is the soldier of Christ, Paul introduces? What can we learn with Timothy from his courage and faith? What kind of personal decision and commitment must Timothy have in order to be a good soldier of Christ?