Timothy: He is Able

I AND II TIMOTHY

 

Scripture verse (II Timothy 1:12): “I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” (Note that Paul says “whom” and not “what”.)

 

Objectives:

  1. Students should memorize and understand the verse.
  2. Students should understand the context under which Paul was writing.

Background on the book:

            These are two of Paul’s pastoral epistles, letters to Paul’s co-worker Timothy for counsel and encouragement.  Paul had met Timothy when he visited Derbe during his 1st missionary journey.  Timothy was about 18 years old and became a believer.  When Paul revisited Derbe on his 2nd missionary journey, he took Timothy with him as a assistant. Timothy traveled with Paul and often stayed behind to work with new believers in one area while Paul moved on to another.  Timothy became a trusted and loyal friend.  While the book of Acts ends around AD 63 with Paul as a prisoner in Rome under “house arrest”, it is believed that he was acquitted the first time, returned to Asia Minor and Greece, where he was re-arrested (this time by the Romans) and taken back to Rome.  The first letter to Timothy was probably written in AD 64-65 from Macedonia before Paul’s second imprisonment in Rome.

            By the time he wrote II Timothy around AD 66 or 67, Paul was imprisoned in Rome in a dark and damp dungeon.  Nero had burned Rome and blamed the Christians. Paul knew that death by order of Nero was very near.  This would be his last letter.  It contains his last words of encouragement, instruction, and warning.

 

Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with prayer.

 

  1. Scripture lesson: II Timothy 1:7-12, Romans 8:35-39

 

  1. Review the background of the Epistle. Paul is about to die and these are his last words to his good friend, Timothy.  What a life!

 

  1. Review other Old and New Testament men and women who knew whom they believed: Noah, Joseph, Moses, David, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, Elijah, John the Baptist.  What gave them courage in the face of death?

 

  1. Discussion questions:

Why did Paul die? Had he committed some sin or crime? Then why should he be ashamed? How could Paul know that he need not fear death? Did Paul trust a set of religious beliefs or a person he had come to know intimately?

What is death? Are you afraid of dying? Are you afraid of suffering? Who is the ruler of death? When was death defeated? Review the Pascha song, “trampling down death by death”?

                  Does God promise us we will have no tough times? Did His saints have an easy life? What does He promise us?

 

  1. Close with prayer.