1 & 2 Timothy & James

For 2 Timothy, part of our assignment for the book was to do a 25-30 minute teaching. I (Helen) am fairly nervous when it comes to public speaking, but I discovered something – I like teaching! My teaching was about how Ephesus (the place where Timothy is living and ministering) was full of ungodliness and how this was already a fulfillment of Paul’s claim that “the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4). This continues to be true today. We seek teachers who tell us our sinful behavior is “okay” because we don’t want to turn from our immorality and pursue Truth. We don’t want to change. When Paul refers to “the time” that is coming, he is speaking about the time after Jesus’ death on the cross – about what is thought of as the “age of tension” when the Holy Spirit is at work in the lives of believers, but evil is still at work in the world. When Christ returns this evil will be removed forever, but in the meantime, we are called to “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season, reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (4:2) so that as many people as possible will hear about Jesus and come to a saving faith in Him. Who is God calling you to preach the Word to today?

If you’re reading the Bible along with me, the next four books are 1 Peter, 2 Peter, Jude and 1 John. These are small books, so it should take you less than 50 minutes to get through all of them.


1 Timothy

Main Idea: Paul encourages Timothy to be a Godly leader and to establish other Godly leaders in the church.

Reason Written: False teaching is a major problem in the church in Ephesus; this teaching (possibly Gnostic in nature) is leading believers astray.

TT: The church is called to uphold the truth in the midst of immorality, persecution and false teaching (1 Timothy 3:15-16).


2 Timothy

Main Idea: Paul instructs Timothy to continue to contend for the faith by living a godly life and by preaching the Truth.

Reason Written: Paul seems to be at the end of his life. Because it seems Paul is about to be executed, Timothy may be questioning as to whether he should continue to preach the Gospel.

TT: Believers are called to preach the Gospel in order to combat the false teaching and beliefs at work in the world (4:2-4).


James

Main Idea: True faith is walked out through the practical application of works done in one’s life.

Reason Written: Believers’ lives were not bearing the fruit of faith in Jesus.

TT: Believers are called to be doers of the word (1:22).

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