Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
God is so good to us, friends. He releases devotions, sermons, picture verses, words from our friends…etc., all in His perfect timing to fit the TRUTH He wants us to see. This morning I received another devotion, this one was written by Os Hilman and it contains some teaching that directly aligns with our reading today.
Stop Living By Christian Principles
“having a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Tim 3:5).
“God never called you to live by Christian principles. He calls you to live in relationship with the living God, Jesus Christ. One of the weaknesses of the Church today is that we teach people principles without the relationship.
The western church is big on ten step programs, “how-to” methods and acrostics to illustrate memorable ideas. There is a place for establishing principles to change negative behavior. However, we are not called to have a relationship with principles, but a living God.
Living by principles is the equivalent to living by the law in the Old Testament. It is rooted in the Greek system of learning and is dependent upon our strength instead of being led and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Principle-based living is powerless living. This makes our Christian experience a religion instead of a relationship. “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law” (Gal 5:18).
We read about principle-based followers in the book of Acts, “The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people” (Acts 5:12-14). There was a group of followers who liked being taught but never entered the game.
The prophet Jeremiah tells us about the nature of God and His desire for every believer.
This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 9:23-24).
Friend, have you been guilty of living a life based on principles instead of knowing the One who authored the principles? Invite Jesus to be Lord over your life and begin to spend time with Him every day. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you through every moment of your day.”
Today’s Reading Assignment – 2 Timothy
“That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return.” 2 Timothy 1:12
Study Questions for 2 Timothy 1
God did not Give us a Spirit of Timidity (1-7)
What were Paul’s circumstances at this time (2:9, 4:6,7) How does Paul introduce himself?
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?
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; 1 Cor. 12:1-11, 28; Acts 2:38)
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?
Join with me in Suffering for the Gospel (8-18)
Why might Timothy be ashamed of Paul or the gospel? (8a) How does Paul challenge him to have a positive attitude toward suffering?
How can one participate in the suffering of Christ? (8b-9a) How might testifying about Jesus lead to suffering?
How is the grace of God revealed to us? (9b-10) What is his purpose of calling and saving us?
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?
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?
“Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts”. 2 Timothy 2:22
Study Questions for 2 Timothy 2
Entrust the Gospel to Reliable Men (1-2)
How can God’s servants be strong and powerful? What is the grace that is in Christ Jesus? (1:9; 1 Tim. 1:15-16; Rom. 5:8; Matt. 11:28) What does it mean by becoming strong in the grace that is in Jesus? What does Paul refer to when he says, “the things you heard me say in the presence of many witnesses.”?
What does it mean to entrust the gospel and God’s word to reliable men? How can we do this? Who are reliable men? Why is it necessary for Timothy to choose reliable men rather than able, smart, or good-looking men?
Endure Hardships Like a Good Soldier of Christ Jesus (3-7)
In what way can a gospel servant be compared to a soldier? What are the characteristics of a good soldier? How do the necessary qualities of a good gospel servant liken to those of a good soldier?
Why is it necessary for a good soldier of Christ to overcome the desire to be involved in civilian affairs? In what way is Jesus our commanding officer? How can the gospel servants please their commanding officer Jesus?
In what way can the life of faith be compared to the competition of an athlete? How can a spiritual athlete win the victor’s crown?
In what way can the life of faith be compared to a hard-working farmer?
If we Die with Him (8-13)
Why is it important for God’s servants to remember Jesus and his suffering? What are the key points in the gospel Paul preaches, the gospel for which he suffers?
Why does he say that God’s word is not chained? What does it mean to him and to us? Why is Paul willing to endure everything for the sake of the gospel? What is the gospel principle in the hymn Paul quotes in verses 11-13? How does this hymn best represents Paul’s gospel faith and the secret by which he could endure all his sufferings?
Do Your Best (14-19)
Who should Timothy keep reminding of Paul’s teachings? Why shouldn’t they become involved in quarreling about words and in the prevailing controversies?
What must gospel workers present in a straightforward manner to ungodly people? How should they be prepared for it and what do they have to do for that? Who is the workman approved by God? And the one who needs to be ashamed? When does the ultimate approval of God come to a good workman of God?
Why should a workman of God avoid godless chatter? Why is it so harmful to God’s ministry? Why do you think Paul singled out the names of the two men as bad examples? (1 Timothy 1:20)
How can some people who confess the name of the Lord go astray and undermine even the survival of the Christian community?
Pursue Righteousness, Peace and Love (20-26)
How does the illustration of many articles in various quality in a large house give insight to the different quality among Christians in the Church? How can one become an instrument for noble purposes, a workman useful to the master? What makes Christians different in their spiritual quality?
What is the spiritual defilement that even a workman of God is easily subject to? How should he deal with this problem? How can a workman of God pursue spiritual qualities?
Why shouldn’t God’s servants be entangled with foolish arguments? Why is it so easy for one to be so? How should God’s servants deal with those who oppose him? Why?
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Study Questions for 2 Timothy 3
Godlessness in the Last Days (1-9)
For whom will the last days become terrible times? Why was it important for Timothy and God’s workers to be aware of the times and to mark it?
What are the characteristics of the times in the last days? Why do you think people’s love is degenerated in the last days?
What is the spiritual condition of those who profess religion, in spite of their zealously maintaining a form of godliness? How does this show the corruption of the institutionalized religion in the last days? How should Timothy deal with them?
How do some religious instructor’s practice illustrate the mark of the last days? What is their final spiritual outcome? What kind of people will become their prey?
Paul’s Charge to Timothy (10-17)
Why was it important for Timothy to have a role model like St. Paul in the last days? What kind of things must Timothy know about as he tries to imitate Paul?
Briefly describe the things that happened to Paul in Antioch, Icomium, and Lystra in his first and second missionary journeys. (Acts 13:14-14:23, 16:1-6)
Why did Paul remind Timothy about his suffering in the providence of Galatia? (Timothy was from Lystra.) Why should those who aim to live a Godly life in Christ Jesus expect suffering? What kind of heart attitude does this teach us to become a good workman in the last days?
What does it mean by, “continue in what you have learned and what you have become convinced of?” Why was it necessary for Timothy to do so, especially when he is oppressed by many evil men, impostors and false teachers?
How were the scriptures written? What is the significance of this? What can the scriptures do for the man of God?
“As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:6-8
Study Questions for 2 Timothy 4
In View of His Appearing (1-5)
Why does Paul give the charge in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who will judge the living and the dead? And in view of his appearing and his kingdom?
Why was it necessary for Paul to give an imperative charge to Timothy, “Preach the Word” in light of the circumstances? Why is this the best direction for Timothy to overcome everything? What does it mean, “Be prepared in season and out of season”? What different kinds of methods should the workman of God use in preaching the word? With what attitude? What does this teach us about the life of the workman of God?
What are the characteristics of the time Paul describes in verses 3 and 4? Why would gospel workers meet increasing opposition? Why is it important that Timothy understand the time and the morals of the people in the near future? How should he and other gospel workers face them? With what attitude?
There is in Store for Me (6-8)
What did Paul know about his present condition and the fate of his near future? What was his attitude about it?
How did Paul describe his life of faith and his ministry? (7) What was his own evaluation of it?
What was his personal conviction about his eternal destiny? In what was is Paul already a true victor of life, a triumphant soldier of Christ and a crowned spiritual soldier of Christ?
How does he encourage Timothy and other Christians through his conviction of faith?
Personal Remarks and Final Greeting (9-22)
Why did Paul ask Timothy to come to him quickly? Whose names did he quote as good workers? Why?
How did Paul face his first trial? What were his circumstances? What was the outcome of his first defense? What was his personal wish through it? What other coworkers in Ephesus, Corinth, and Miletus did Paul greet? Why were they precious to Paul? Who were with Paul? Why were these coworkers so important to Paul?