1 and 2 Timothy
Leadership and Discipleship Lessons
A Free 11-week E-Mail Bible Study

by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

"St. Timothy" (5th Century), fresco, Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, Rome. Photo by Richard Stracke. Larger image.

I've always loved First and Second Timothy. Paul's warmth encourages me, his exhortations to his protégé Timothy challenge me, his example of sacrificing all for the gospel humbles me. These two epistles include:

  • A powerful doxology ("Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible ...")
  • Assurance of God's saving love ("who wants all men to be saved...")
  • Christ as the one Mediator
  • Guidelines for selecting church leaders
  • Strong exhortations to flee ungodliness and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace
  • A declaration of faith in God's keeping power
  • A call to endure hardship
  • A warning to handle God's word as careful workmen
  • Advice in gently instructing opponents
  • A revelation of all Scripture as "God-breathed"
  • ... and much more
  • My mind keeps returning to Paul's last words:

    "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness ...." (2 Timothy 4:7-8)

    You and I want to live our lives strongly and finish well! These letters teach us how and urge us towards godly living. Here is the outline of our 11-week study:

    1 Timothy

    1. God's Grace and Calling (1:1-20)
    2. Men and Women in God's Household (2:1-15)
    3. Selecting Leaders in God's Household (3:1-12; Titus 1:6-9)
    4. Setting a Godly Example (4:1-16)
    5. Advice about Widows, Elders, and Slaves (5:1-25; 6:1-2)
    6. Reject Greed, Pursue Godliness  (6:3-21)
    2 Timothy
    1. Be Neither Intimidated nor Ashamed (1:1-17)
    2. Endure Hardship for Christ (2:1-19)
    3. Gently Instruct Your Opponents (2:20-3:13)
    4. Scripture and the Teacher (3:14-4:5)
    5. I Have Fought the Good Fight (4:6-22)
    References and Abbreviations
    Reprint Guidelines
    Appendix 1. Discussion Questions on 1 and 2 Timothy for Classes and Small Groups
    Appendix 2. Chart of Qualifications of Church Leaders (1 Timothy 3:2-12; Titus 1:6-9)
    Artwork Depicting St. Paul the Apostle
    Paintings and Icons of St. Timothy
    Songs and Hymns based on 1 and 2 Timothy

    I invite you to journey with me and thousands of brothers and sisters world-wide through a study of 1 and 2 Timothy. Here's how we'll study together.

    • Each Saturday I'll e-mail you the lesson for the week. Then you'll read the Bible passage and use my notes to help you understand it better.
    • 1&2 Timothy: Leadership and Discipleship Lessons, by Ralph F. Wilson
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      On Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday you'll receive a question
      from that week's lesson to think about and answer. This is designed as a "total immersion" approach to Bible study, since I believe God wants to use these lessons to work real and permanent change in your life. (You can opt out of the daily questions if you like, however, and just receive the weekly lessons.) You'll be thinking about these passages constantly over these weeks -- long enough for God to work his Word into your life and lifestyle.
    • You can respond to the questions and exercises using the Joyful Heart Bible Study Forum -- and read others' answers to reinforce your own understanding.
    • With each lesson you'll receive a link to a 20- to 30-minute audio teaching that sums up the passage you've been studying that week. Some who learn better from hearing than from reading really appreciate this.
    • Then on Saturday, I'll send you the next week's lesson.

    Why don't you sign up right now -- and then encourage some of your friends to sign up and study along with you.


    One big favor you can do for me: Please link to this Bible study in your online bookmarks, blog, personal webpage, ministry or church website, as follows: 1 & 2 Timothy Bible Study www.jesuswalk.com/timothy/  The number of people who will find this on the Internet is directly related to the number of links you and other place. If you can't link, that's okay, too. I understand. It would be a big help if you would place a bookmark on your favorite online system. Please do this right now before you forget. Thanks. Pastor Ralph

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