Do you think you can still grow in the grace of a teacher? Can you lead someone into truth with “gentleness, patience, humility correct those who oppose you”?
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2 Timothy 2:14-26
14 Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. 17 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some…
23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
Observation and reflection questions
Context: Paul instructs and reminds young Timothy how to teach and manage the big church he oversees in Ephesus.
- Read through the verses above and note all the instructions regarding Timothy’s growth in TEACHING the church. Then answer these questions in your own words:
- What do you understand from the phrase “to not strive about words to no profit”? (verse 14)
- How does one prepare and grow in the grace of teaching the Word? (verse 15)
- What is the danger of false or ungrounded teachings? (verse 16-18)
- How can “profane and idle babblings… increase to more ungodliness”? (verse 18)
- Can you think of an example of “foolish and ignorant disputes” that generate strife? (verse 23)
- What are the character qualities of a mature Biblical teacher? (verse 24-25)
- What is the aim of good Biblical teaching? (verse 25-26)
Personal reflection and application
Young Timothy was commissioned to oversee the big, flourishing church in Ephesus – a city renowned for its study and philosophy. Some strange doctrines were taught in the church therefore Paul exhorted the young pastor to “study and show himself tested”, able to handle the word of God without skillfully and shame. Timothy had to grow in the grace of teaching.
- In which area(s) of doctrine do you feel skillful and prepared to instruct and correct people?
- Why? And who “approved” (tested) your doctrine?
- How did you grow skillful in these doctrines?
- When conversation centers around spiritual or biblical matters, do you lead with Word of God as you basis? Do you steer conversations to and from the Scriptures?
- Honestly consider the qualifications of a mature Biblical teacher below and evaluate yourself in light of the Scripture: (TRUE OF ME | SOMEWHAT TRUE OF ME | NOT TRUE OF ME)
- remind people of basic truths
- not strive about technicalities
- diligent study of the Bible
- able to handle the Bible in discipleship and counselling
- shun false teaching and idle babblings
- avoid foolish and ignorant disputes
- not quarrelsome
- gentle to all
- able to teach
- patient in teaching
- in humility correcting those who are in opposition
- praying for people who are deceived
Thank God for how you have grown in the knowledge of the truth and the skillfulness of teachings. Then pray through the list above, asking God for grace to grow in the skillfulness and anointing of a teacher.