This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on 2 Timothy. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.
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As we continue on in this letter to Timothy, remember that the church is being severely persecuted by the Roman Empire, particularly be the evil emperor, Nero, who blamed the Christians for the burning of Rome, which was actually something he did.
2 Timothy 3:1-17 (NIV)
1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God– 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. 6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these men oppose the truth–men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone. 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 evil men 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 man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:1-5
The last days began with the resurrection of Jesus and will continue until He returns. We are living in the last days, the church has been in the last days from its beginning. Because we are living in the last days, it is important that we are good stewards of the time we have.
Ephesians 5:15-16 (NIV)
15 Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
I think the description of how people will be living during the last days is fascinating.
2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God– 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power.
Do these apply in our culture?
Lovers of self – I did it my way
Lovers of money – we virtually sell ourselves for it, our values, our priorities, our integrity are often up for sale when it comes to money
Boastful, proud, abusive, treacherous, rash, conceited, disobedient to parents – byproducts of being consumed by self and money
Ungrateful – focused on what we don’t have instead of what we are thankful for
Unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal – Not caring about other people
Not lovers of the good – Good is evil and evil is good (Isaiah 5:20)
Isaiah 5:20 (NIV)
20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
Lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – God created pleasure for us, but our adversary twists it and makes it something we pursue more than God
Having a form of godliness but denying its power – following rules and traditions outwardly but not being changed inwardly by the power of the Spirit
2 Timothy 3:6-17
Theses verses talk about the importance of reading and studying the scriptures. The truth of the Word can help us to not live as wise, not as unwise. We are not to read and study them in an attempt to just acquire knowledge, we are to read and study them so that they impact our lives to live for God. We are to read and apply them to our lives. There will be false teachers who will try and lead us away from the truth, which is why it is so important that we are spending time in study of the Word. The more time we spend reading and applying the scriptures in our life, the less vulnerable we are to false teachers and to the twists and traps of our adversary.
The bible is so much more than a collection of stories or human ideas about what God is like. The Bible is God-breathed, which means that it is inspired by God. It is alive by the Spirit. Through the Spirit, God revealed His purpose and plans to certain people, who recorded them for His people.
2 Peter 1:20-21 (NIV)
20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
This process is known as inspiration. The writers of the Bible wrote from their own personal, cultural and historical context, but they wrote under the inspiration of God by the Holy Spirit. They wrote what God inspired them to write.
The whole Bible is God’s inspired Word. It is our standard for testing everything else that claims to be true. It is our safeguard against false teaching and our source of guidance for how we should live. We should be reading it and applying it to our lives regularly.
Are you reading it?