Read 2 Timothy at least 3 times straight through.



Divide the letter into sections according to their main subject.


What atmosphere do you sense in the letter?


What words or phrases stand out to you?


List the instructions and warnings contained in the letter.


What is the climax of the letter?

Put together a basic outline.


Read 2 Timothy 1 every day for a week


Review the foundations of the Christian life and service laid out by Paul to Timothy in this first chapter.


What is the call of God, through Paul, on Timothy’s life?


How will that call be answered?



How does Paul begin his letter to Timothy - what is his main point in 2 Timothy 1:1-7?


Write a list of the practical truths taught by 2 Timothy 1:7 


How will these truths be manifested in Timothy’s life? Be specific


Are they being manifested in your life?



What is the main point of 2 Timothy 1:8-11?


What is the ‘testimony of our Lord’?


How will Timothy show that he is unashamed?


How will you?

Before Session Three


Review the foundations for Christian life and ministry found in 1 Timothy 1



Read 2 Timothy 2 three times this week


How does Paul begin this section?


How will Timothy ‘be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus’


Read Proverbs 2:1-10; 3:13-15


What is Paul’s call to Timothy here?


Has Paul spoken of this in his other letters? If so where?




What does Paul mean when he says ‘Remember Jesus Christ….’ In verse 8?


How will we do that?


Verse 11-13 are probably taken from a Christian hymn or baptismal ceremony in Paul’s day. 


What do you think he means and how will this encourage Timothy?


Does it encourage you?


If you had only this short section of the Bible - what would it tell you about Christ and the life that we are called to ‘in Him’?

Before Session Four


Read 2 Timothy 2 every day



How does Paul begin this chapter and what is his purpose?



In 2 Timothy 2:14 Paul begins a new section that continues until the end of the chapter - what is the overall theme for this section?



How does Paul subdivide this section?


List his instructions


What is Paul’s purpose in giving Timothy these instructions?


Think through the characteristics of the Lord’s bondservant (verse 24) - does this describe you?


If not, what will you do?

Before Session Five



Read through 2 Timothy 1:1-2:26 


Do you have a clear understanding of Paul’s message to Timothy? How would you describe that message?


Use specific verses and section themes to outline his message.


Do you have a clear understanding of the Lord’s message to you through this letter? 


Do you know the gift(s) brought to you by and in His Spirit? 


Do you recognise the ministry (area of service) He has laid before you?


If not, will you come before Him in prayer - surrendering your life to Him for His purpose and glory?


Don’t rush through this - spend time with the Lord until you hear from Him.




Read 2 Timothy 3 several times


Think of a title/theme for this chapter


How does this continue Paul’s train of thought?



Do you see any similarities to our day? Be specific 

Before Session 6



Read 2 Timothy 2:14-3:12


List the instructions Paul gives to Timothy in these verses


Do you think the Lord might be instructing all believers to live this way?


If so, go through the list and ask the Lord to show you where you might need to focus your attention in the days ahead.


Read 2 Timothy 3:10-17


How does Paul continue here? 


What does he remind Timothy of? 


What does Paul teach us about the Scriptures?


Be specific - think through each of the points Paul makes about the Word.


How would you explain verse 16-17 to another person?


What does Paul say is the purpose of the Scriptures?



In our day - as the church seems to be more and more intent on ‘being relevant’ and on ‘bringing people in’ - how important is it that the body of Christ is equipped with the Word of God? 


How will you encourage other believers in this?

Before Session Seven

Read 2 Timothy 2:24 - 3:17


What is to be the attitude of the Christian minister?


What does Paul mean by the word knowledge in ‘leading to the knowledge of the truth’ in 2:25 ?


What is Paul hoping will be the outcome of their knowledge of the truth?


What are Paul’s instructions to Timothy from 3:1-12 ?


What will following his instructions bring to the life of the believer?



What is the relationship of the Bible to salvation?


Be specific and detailed in your response


Why, if we have read and studied the Bible does the believer need to continue to read and to study it?


What is your understanding of the place of the Word of God in the life of the Christian ?


What would you want to tell the unbeliever about the life that Jesus offers?


Be specific.


We talked last session about the way that God uses us to witness to unbelievers -

what did we emphasise?


How does Paul put this across to Timothy?


Read 2 Tim. 4:1-8


What is Paul’s charge too Timothy?


Be specific 


How does Paul explain the timing of this letter to Timothy?

Do you think the Lord might be making His solemn charge to you?

Before Session Eight


Review 2 Timothy 1:1-4:8



How would you explain the theme of this letter to other believers?


What is Paul’s emphasis ?


Make an outline of the letter that will enable you to remember the various matters that Paul speaks of.



How does Paul describe the work that Timothy is called to do?


How does he encourage Timothy in that work?



What advice does he give to Timothy?



Read 2 Timothy 4:9-22


Look up the names and Scripture references of the people Paul speaks of in the final section of this letter - what do you learn about them? 



How does Paul view the future of the church?



Could you say with Paul that you have fought or are fighting the good fight ?


Do you long for Christ’s appearing?



If not, what will you do?