Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 12th March 2017
Quarter Theme: A Call to Christian Commitment
Topic: Faithful heritage through the Gospel: Keep on sharing the Word
Texts: 2 Tim.1:1-18
Memory Verse: ‘What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus.” (2 Tim. 1:13, NIV)
Paul was awaiting his death. His days on earth were drawing to a close. He was not dying from cancer or a chronic ailment. He was very much alive and kicking, but his situation was terminal. He had been convicted by the Romans as a disciple of Jesus Christ of Nazareth and condemned to death. He was soon to be executed by Emperor Nero who was seeking to blame the Christians for his own shortcomings as emperor.
If you had ever been at the bedside of a loved one about to die; their last words are often very weighty and perhaps full of the most important things to them. Their final words are often full of insight, knowledge and wisdom. The book of 2 Timothy was the last letter written by Paul. These were the last words from a man about to die. So, it is of significance when Brother Paul says: ‘What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus.” (2 Tim. 1:13, NIV).
As Paul lay in a cold Roman dungeon, cut off from the brethren, he wrote his final thoughts to his spiritual son Timothy. He reminded Timothy of what was truly important and encouraged him in the faith. In our passage today, Paul:
- Prayed for him and encouraged him to be faithful and to serve with a clear conscience (1:1-5).
- Asked him to keep his spiritual gifts aflame and not be fearful or timid but to remain bold (1:7).
- Taught him to never be ashamed of the Gospel (1:8-12).
- Passed on the heritage: to carry the torch and continue to preach and share the word (1:13).
Paul is unique among believers and there have been few like him. He was a committed man with a deep faith in God, undying love, full of hope, and profound vision. And he was inspired by the Holy Spirit to give us God’s message. As you read 2 Timothy, know that you are reading the last words of this great man of God and he is calling you to a commitment to share the gospel; to carry on the work of faith until Christ returns.
- From vs. 6-8, describe and discuss:
- What Paul said about spiritual gifts and how we are to express these gifts?
- Why some are ashamed of sharing the word and what Paul said about this?
- Like Paul in vs. 11, do you know what God has called you to do in his Kingdom? (ALL TO RESPOND)
- Discuss some of the lessons Timothy learned from Paul? (e.g. vs. 13)
- What are we supposed to do with the teachings that we have learnt (vs. 14)
- What does commitment mean to you? What are you going to do differently after this study?
- Can you give examples when shame or cowardice kept you from identifying yourself as a Christian or testifying clearly about your Christian commitment? Vs. 7-8. How can we overcome such shame and cowardice? ( verse 12)