Though the letters of Timothy and Titus are often thought of as instructive for preachers, there is something for all of us within those pages. We are all called to be servants of the Lord, and we all should strive to be the best we can be as God’s servants.
Sometimes, it is good to be reminded of things, even if we haven’t really forgotten them. We may not forget that Christ is risen, but it should cause us to rejoice when it is brought to our attention. We may not forget the Lord’s promises, but it is no less meaningful to hear them repeated. In our text for tonight, we are reminded of some things that we probably haven’t forgotten about, but we are blessed through the reminder all the same.
As Christians we are all called to be servants, and each of us has a circle of people who we have the opportunity to minister to. Even if we are not preachers or teachers, there is much we can learn about staying focused on our ministry as we study the words of 2 Timothy 2.
Some might have told a young evangelist like Timothy that he had plenty to be ashamed of. After all, he was preaching a faith that was “everywhere spoken against” and his mentor was being held prisoner as though he were a criminal. But Paul encourages Timothy and us to not be ashamed, and gives us several reasons to boast in the Lord.
We are excited to begin the next part of our study of the letters of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus. As we start looking at 2 Timothy, we begin with a simple overview of the letter, considering some aspects of the background, the purpose, and the contents of the letter.