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February 22, 2017 · 2:27 pm

Entrusted: A Study of 2 Timothy by Beth Moore: Week 4 Recap

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Difficult Times, Difficult People’ was the title of the Week Four lesson plan. I found the title to be an accurate description of all that we studied and cross referenced. How about you? We have only one week remaining in this study. Following the final post for Entrusted: A Study of 2 Timothy by Beth Moore, the season of Lent will begin on Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017. If you’ve fallen behind in the posts for this series or would like to begin from the beginning, all of the past posts for this study as well as other studies completed, can be found under the Bible Studies Archive.

“But know this: Difficult times will come in the last days.” 2 Timothy 3:1

Our lessons began on Day One by laying down a point of agreement about the era called ‘the last days.’ We used biblical cross references to establish that the last days began at Pentecost as announced by Peter and prophesied by the prophet Joel [Acts 2:16,17; Joel 2]. We also learned that this era will continue ‘until the day of Christ Jesus’ as termed by Paul [Phil. 1:6]. We commonly refer to this day as the second coming of Christ which we eagerly await as His believers. When that day arrives, the order of this world will pass away and a new one will usher in [Revelation 21:1-6]. We also read from 2 Peter 3:3-13 how we are to live as we wait for this new beginning.

“…what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.” 2 Peter 3:11-13

As Beth Moore states; “We are His wonders with the greatest potential impact on the lost, the cynical, and the hopeless.” We are called to this time of the Church Age, waiting until His glorious return, to share the gospel and the gifting of what has been entrusted to us. In the meantime,we are to –

“Occupy till I come.” Luke 19:13 KJV

We are to take the gifts given and use them for His glory and to share His message. On Day Two, we examined all of the characteristics displayed in the lives of people during the last days found in 2 Timothy 3: 2-5. We also compared and contrasted them against what we learned from Matthew 24:1-14. We learned from the Matthew passage that these signs and behaviors are the beginnings of birth pains [Matthew 24:8]. We then considered if these characteristics were unprecedented. Beth Moore highlighted three ways to view whether the label, unprecedented, is warranted: Prevalence, Occurrence burgeoning into prominence, and Invasiveness. The second portion of this day’s lesson focused on Greek terms and language lesson of these words listed in 2 Timothy 3:2-5. Three particular phrases were highlighted as being characteristic of people in the last days. They will be “lovers of themselves” [3:2], “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” [3:4], and “without love” [3:3]. Whether these days are indeed the last of the last days, only God knows. Our responsibility is how we choose to spend the ones gifted to us. Will we carry forth what has been entrusted?

“Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” James 4:14 ESV

The third lesson for the week centered on what type of people we will choose to be. Will we be strong willed about God’s will or will we be ruled by our natural passions? We specifically focused on women in this particular lesson since the scripture is directed toward women. We were challenged to guard our hearts, bodies, homes, and to guard our callings.

“But you …” 2 Timothy 3:10

Following the list of characteristics displayed by those ruled by their natural passions, Paul interjects and writes that Timothy is to be different. On Day Four, we considered the power these two words have when connected. The power to challenge our list of limitations and obstacles. We have what it takes to be faithful. As believers in Christ, we have his Holy Spirit and God’s word. We are able because of Him. We have our own unique blend of gifts, skills, and experiences that enable us to serve God to that which He has called us. Beth Moore reminded us that we’re called to walk with equal tenacity as Paul and Timothy as we fulfill our own callings. This lesson concluded with the construction of our own timeline.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16,17

Beth Moore states that “How we accept the Word of God profoundly affects how we receive the work of God.” In our last lesson for the week, we considered three cross references that correspond to the one above found in 2 Timothy 3:16,17. We also added to our timeline chart from Day Four the names of those persons that have equipped us or acquainted us with the word of God as well as those who have influenced us spiritually and aided the formation of our spiritual life.

During the Group Session Five Video, Beth Moore spoke on the life of a servant of God. She used two passages of scripture to highlight her points: Romans 16 and 1 Corinthians 3:21-4:2. She used rowing as the visual to showcase the need for connectedness to be effective in ministry. She stated we have more strength together. As a mighty servant of God, the church is our family and we need to have the backs of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Only one week left in the study! You can do it!

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

Blessings,

Mimi

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Entrusted: A Study of 2 Timothy by Beth Moore: Week 3 Recap

Good Morning!

We are halfway through Entrusted: A Study of 2 Timothy by Beth Moore. How do you like this study so far? If you’d like to start from the beginning or catch back up, all of the posts pertaining to this study or any of the past studies done on the site can be found under the Bible Studies Archive page, here.

“You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 2:1 

Our lesson on Day One began with a study on grace. We learned that we are to live as thriving overcomers not merely survivors. Like Timothy, we were also encouraged to keep being empowered by God through the grace found in Jesus. We looked at three metaphors that Paul gives to describe the life of a servant of Jesus: the soldier, the athlete, and the farmer. These metaphors indicate that effort will be required of each of us to fulfill our calling. If we are going to invest ourselves into our calling, our competence will come from God through the Holy Spirit as well as our hard work. We concluded our lesson with a light Greek word study on the word, entangled.

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12-14 

We spent our second day’s lesson on a verse by verse study of Paul’s words found in Philippians 3:12-14. We considered that our calling is in front of us and not behind us. We were also reminded by Beth Moore that our faithfulness is the key to somebody else’s faith. We finished the lesson by reflecting on 2 Timothy 2:10-13.

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

On Day Three, we explored the human need of man’s approval versus God’s approval. Beth Moore exhorted us to become effective communicators of the gospel. She also shared with us five key ways to ensure that we handle scripture accurately. These points were to stay tender to the conviction of the Holy Spirit, to consult well-recommended resources, to stay teachable under the counsel and correction of wise people with open access to us, to sit under multiple teachers, and to not quickly dismiss the questions and complaints of our critics. By diligently studying the scripture, we can guard ourselves against lopsided understanding and false truths.

“Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”” 2 Timothy 2:19 

We labeled a house in our fourth lesson to better understand how to build a solid foundation on truth. We were reminded that to follow Jesus closely is to completely fulfill our calling. We also considered salvation and the issue of struggling with doubt concerning habitual cycles of sin. Beth Moore instructed us on ways a person can judge their position in Christ concerning their battle with a stronghold of sin.

“So if anyone purifies himself from anything dishonorable, he will be a special instrument, set apart, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. Flee from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. But reject foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they breed quarrels.” 2 Timothy 2:21-23 

Our lessons for the week concluded with examining our influence on others. Do we engage in arguments or teach gently while instructing others towards truth? Do we build up or tear down? Have we become parrots instead of pupils by imitating the thoughts and attitudes of those we admire rather than those of Jesus? Beth Moore reminded us that we are actively teaching others, whether intentional or not, about Jesus in all that we do. Lastly, we considered 2 Timothy 2:26 and the translations of several Greek words from that verse in relation to Satan’s traps.

During the Group Session Four Video, Beth Moore shared some of her testimony as an example to her teaching on dealing with the traps of Satan and entanglements. She gave five points that she has learned over her years of ministry. Her closing remark was highlighting that Jesus is the best part. She exhorted us to deal with anything that entangles us because he is the prize.

If you’d like to view this video, the video or audio edition is available for purchase at Lifeway.

Begin Week 4 this week. Good job!

Blessings,

Mimi

*Bible references: The New International Version Study Bible 1985  Zondervan Publishing; Holman Christian Standard Bible

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Timothy and Silas

Good Morning!

In our study, Entrusted: A Study of 2 Timothy by Beth Moore, we’ve been introduced to Timothy and Silas in our lessons and our scripture readings. Here’s a few more external sources of information about these men.

Blessings,

Mimi

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