The Pastoral Epistles

Christlike, Gospel-Centered

2 Timothy 4:9-22
Paul closes out what was to be his final letter in Scripture, giving to Timothy some last instructions, mostly on practical and personal matters. In these, Paul’s character and priorities continue to shine through, and so we stand to profit all the way to the end from the man who earlier said “be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”

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Fulfill Your Ministry

2 Timothy 4:1-8
As Paul sat imprisoned, the poison of false teaching was at work in the Ephesian church As his death loomed ahead, Paul made an urgent appeal to Timothy: Don’t give up! Finish the task you’ve been called to! His concern was first and foremost that the gospel message continue to advance. In order for this to happen, Timothy needed to grasp and run with the gospel-baton that Paul was handing off to him.

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All Scripture

2 Timothy 3:14-17
Through the centuries these verses have played a central role in the church’s understanding of Scripture. So we will focus our attention on Scripture’s own self-testimony as we allow the text to answer two questions about itself: Where does Scripture come from? and What is Scripture intended for?

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But You, Continue…

2 Timothy 3:10-15
Paul’s great concern was that the gospel would continue to advance after his death. He had seen many either turn away to another to a false gospel or just simply walk away from the faith. So after detailing the spiritual decay of these persons in verses 1-9, Paul turned to exhort Timothy to “continue” in the gospel. He provides three contrasts between those who fall away and those who remain.

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Neither War nor Peace – A Gospel Response to False Teachers

2 Timothy 2:14-26
Paul turns to address how the man of God is to respond to the wolves in sheep’s clothing which the Lord promised, and Paul predicted would come to Ephesus. In his advice to Timothy, the apostle sets up the pattern for all God’s people in responding to false teachers, neither squabbling nor compromising, but hoping in the goodness and power of God and His purposes.

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Endure Everything

2 Timothy 2:8-13
Oftentimes, we see the church as a place of comfort. This is true, but it is not the whole truth. Jesus also desires the church to be the means of advancing his gospel. As this text demonstrates, when we do that, the church will become a place where we share in suffering for the gospel. There is a cost, a reward, and a promise for the church that engages in the task of advancing the gospel of Christ.

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Devote Themselves to Good Works

Titus 3:8-15
Too often we recoil when the words works and salvation are used in the same sentence, but Scripture teaches us that we shouldn’t. There is a sense in which good works are expected of those who have been saved. As Paul closes his letter to Titus, he re-emphasizes the truth that we are not saved by good works, but we are saved for them. In this passage we’ll gain a healthy understanding of the relationship between salvation and works.

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