Community Group Discussion Guide
Week of May 28 - June 3, 2023
Equipped To Serve
Faithful To The End
2 Timothy 2:8-13
1) Vacation Bible School, June 12-16. You can register using the White Fields app.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you?
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
Jesus is our example of faithfulness, the reward for faithfulness, and the hope for the faithless.
Context (Read and Discuss) In 1 Timothy, Paul encourages Timothy to “fight the good fight.” In 2 Timothy, Paul is writing from prison in Rome awaiting the death penalty. Timothy is witnessing apostasy, abandonment, and now the loss of a good friend and mentor. To provide encouragement, Paul tells Timothy, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (Read 2 Timothy 4:7). And this is powerful, because Paul will gain a “crown of righteousness” for keeping faith in Him (Read 2 Timothy 4:8). Jesus is obedient to the will of His Father always, even to death! Paul follows in Jesus’ footsteps here by keeping the faith - not perfectly - but to death also. How can we, like Paul, follow Jesus’ example of staying in the faith even through difficult and trying situations?
Jesus is our example of faithfulness.
1. Read 2 Timothy 2:8-9. Paul gives encouragement to Timothy in chapter 2 verses 3-7 by reminding him of others focused on the prize, even if it means enduring pain/suffering. He then follows that up in verse 8a by saying, “remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead…” Based on these verses, answer the following questions:
a. What helps you remember the gospel worldview?
b. Why does Paul mention that Jesus is the offspring of David? Read 2 Samuel 7:12-13 to help with your answer.
c. But the word of God is not bound! Throughout history, the Bible has been attacked. It has been banned, burned, mocked, twisted, et al. Read Isaiah 40:8 and discuss what and discuss how it relates to what Paul says in verse 9b.
i. Has there been a time it seemed unproductive to share the gospel?
ii. God tells us His word will endure forever. How does this truth give us strength? The reward for faithfulness.
2. Read 2 Timothy 2:10-12a. Paul values proclaiming the gospel even while suffering.
a. Who is Paul suffering for so faithfully?
b. Provide an example of a time when love compelled you to do something for someone else, even if it meant hardship for you.
c. What does it mean in 2 Timothy 2:11 when it says, if we have died with him? What is the reward for faithfulness of dying with Him? Read Galatians 2:20 to help answer. Read Mark 13:13. Discuss Jesus’ promise to those who endure. The hope for the faithless.
3. Read 2 Timothy 2:12-13. Last week, we learned that we are more than conquerors in Him (Read Romans 8:37). What is the promise if we endure with Him ? How are you encouraged by this promise? How does it affect your ability to endure hardships?
a. What are some examples of the hardships we might endure in today’s world? Who can we rely on for strength to endure?
b. Compare and contrast and discuss verse 12b with 13. What is the difference between denying Christ and being faithless in Christ?
c. This poem/song/popular saying ends saying, “...for he cannot deny himself.” How is this good news? Application: Jesus, being the perfect standard by which we are to live, endured for our sake. He is, by nature, faithful–for he cannot deny Himself (2 Timothy 2:13). Paul proclaimed the gospel regardless of the consequences knowing God’s word is not bound. It will endure forever and we get to benefit from that today! Live on fire for the Lord until the end, because He will give us strength, as He gave Paul strength until the end. Discuss how the verses give us courage and how you might share these verses with others to encourage them.
TAKING IT HOME
Looking back at this week’s study, what is important for you to remember and why?
PRAISE & PRAYER REQUESTS