Life in Perilous Times
When Paul writes to Timothy, he describes the last days as perilous times. They are days filled with evil and evil doers. The last days began when Jesus left the earth. And until Christ returns, we are to live godly lives and become agents of change. At the same time, we are to be alert to destructive ideas that are both deceptive and powerful.
What comes to your mind when you hear the phrase, “the last days?” How would you explain the phrase in two minutes to someone in an elevator with you?
Read 2 Timothy 3:1. The last days are described as perilous. Why? What are the 19 characteristics of ungodly behavior found in 3:2-4?
Even Christians face the temptation to behave badly. The ungodly characteristics of verses 2-4 can be exhibited by anyone. What does “turning away” from this kind of person look like (3:5)?
What is Paul describing in 2 Timothy 3:6-7? In what sense can we keep learning but never come to the knowledge of the truth?
Read 2 Timothy 3:8-9. Who were Jannes and Jambres? Compare Exodus 7: 11-12, 22. (You might need to do some extra research since these two men are not mentioned in the Old Testament.)
How will the folly of those with corrupt minds be evident to all (2 Tim. 3:9)? What else do you learn from 1 Timothy 5:24-25?
What is your plan for growing in Christ? What primary practices do you embrace in your cooperation with the Spirit’s work in your life?
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