Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 16th April 2017
Quarter Theme: Foundation for Christian Living
Topic: Finish strong and fulfilled
Texts: 2 Tim 4:6-22
Memory Verse: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Tim 4:7)
In the concluding part of Paul’s letter to Timothy, he used very strong and positive words to explain his confidence in executing the mandate he received from the Lord. He clearly outlined what has driven him to maintain the course he has chosen- He has his eyes on finishing strong and fulfilled.
Paul was looking forward to the future and he was excited to share that with Timothy. Paul knew it was possible not to finish well in spite of all his hard work for Jesus. But he had a safeguard. He wrote, “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified” (1 Cor. 9:27). Discipline is key to finishing strong and daily maintaining a connection with the father.
In his final moments, Paul gives his perspective of his present, his past and his future state. In verse 6, he stated his present when he said he was already being poured out as drink offering and the time of his departure has come. In verse 7, he moved to his past when he declared that he has fought the good fight. It was Paul’s past faithfulness that made his present home going inviting and attractive. One key emphasis here is that Paul realized that we are not rewarded for running the race, but for winning the race. Paul having looked at his past and present, he now focuses his perspective on the future. In verse 8, he stated what his reward will be for finishing well “Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing” If we want to run and finish well, we must at every point in time, like apostle Paul, that proper perspective of the past, present and future.
The chapter summaries as follows:
- A look into departure time (Verse 6)
- Finishing well (Verse 7)
- Reward for finishing well (Verse 8)
- Co-workers on the race -faithful and Unfaithful ones (Verses 9-15)
- Paul’s initial defence in the mist of difficulties and the Lord’s deliverances (Verses 16-18)
- Final Greetings (Verses 19-22)
- From Verses 6-7, what does it mean to have “fought the good fight” or “run the good race”? What does it take to “finish the race” God has designed for you?
- What does it mean to “keep the faith”? How can one know that he is keeping the faith?
- From verses 4:8, what does the “crown of righteousness” represent? To whom is it given? On what basis is it awarded?
- While Paul finished well, Demas did not (Verse 10) discuss how we can avoid dropping out of the race. Name 3 people in the bible that finished well and explain why you choose them.
- From verses 9-12, Why was is it difficult for Paul when trusted friends deserted him? What is the best way to handle those situations?
- Using the past, present and future perspective, how would you consider your journey of faith. (Ponder and share your thoughts with the group)