• Passing on the Trust Devotional

    2 Timothy 2:1–2

    The faithful men to whom Timothy was to entrust the gospel were those loyal to Christ and His apostles, committed to keeping their promises, and sound in their knowledge of the faith. Not all of us are called to be pastors, but all of us should become the kind of people Timothy was to look for. Men and women alike should strive for loyalty to Christ, trustworthy speech, and competence in biblical doctrine. View Resource

  • Why Study God’s Word? Devotional

    2 Timothy 2

    Our ultimate goal is to be pleasing to God in all of life. Certainly for the believer, a critical part of life is our handling and understanding of the Bible. As you begin another year of reading and study, commit yourself to the long-term goal of being found faithful to the task of presenting yourself as a workman who correctly handles the word of truth. Though a lifetime goal, it is achieved through patient daily practice. View Resource

  • A Good Soldier’s Practice Devotional

    2 Timothy 2:3–4

    The single-minded devotion that we are to have to the Lord and His cause is not developed overnight. In fact, it is something we are ever striving toward and yet will not reach perfectly in this life. Nevertheless, that we seek to put Him first shows that we have hearts that have been made to love Him, and so we should be encouraged every time we overcome idolatry. Let us be confident that He empowers us to commit ourselves to Him more each day. View Resource

  • Requirements for Reward Devotional

    2 Timothy 2:5-7

    Our salvation is entirely by grace, and there is nothing we can do to cause the Lord to love us. But God graciously promises a great reward to those who persevere in faith even though He is the one who ultimately guarantees our perseverance. As we endure in the face of suffering we can be assured that our blessing in the life to come will be that much greater. Let that motivate you to stand for Christ today no matter how difficult it might be. View Resource

  • The Unchained Word of God Devotional

    2 Timothy 2:8–10

    John Calvin comments, “Let us therefore bear cheerfully, or at least patiently, to have both our body and our reputation shut up in prison, provided that the truth of God breaks through those fetters, and is spread far and wide.” Most of us will never have to undergo physical pain as a result of our proclaiming the gospel, but all of us will experience some kind of sacrifice as we fulfill this call. What are you sacrificing for the sake of God’s kingdom? View Resource

  • Crowned for Endurance Devotional

    2 Timothy 2:11–13

    Paul ends today’s passage with yet another reminder that God remains faithful to us even when we are faithless (2 Tim. 2:13). But those who know the Lord do not take this faithfulness for granted; they also pay attention to His warnings. How do you respond to the warnings God gives us in Scripture? Do you act as if they are not real, or do they motivate you to examine your heart and ask the Spirit to put to death any unfaithfulness that remains in you? View Resource

  • Reigning with Christ Devotional

    2 Timothy 2:11–13

    The truth that we are kings and queens in Christ is not some idea conjured up to boost our self-esteem but a present reality that we will enjoy in its fullness at the resurrection of the dead. At that point, we will sit on thrones alongside our Savior and enjoy by grace what is His by right. Until then, we are to reign over our sinful passions, bringing our minds, wills, and affections into submission to Jesus by the power of the Spirit through His Word. View Resource

  • Interpreting Scripture Devotional

    2 Timothy 2:13b

    If we divorce the meaning of the biblical text from its author’s intent, the text can mean anything we want. This happened during the medieval era, when all sorts of fanciful allegorical readings were used that had little if any connection to the author’s original intent. To obey God rightly, we must know what the author He inspired meant, so learning how to interpret the Bible rightly is as important as knowing Scripture’s content. View Resource

  • A Worker Unashamed Devotional

    2 Timothy 2:14–15

    Surveys routinely report that while a large percentage of people affirm the trustworthiness and authority of the Bible, only a small percentage of such persons are actually familiar with its contents. Regular Scripture study should be a part of our lives and there are scores of ways we can be engaged in it. Aside from personal study, we should be looking for every opportunity to hear the Word of God preached and taught in our local churches. View Resource

  • Hermeneutics Devotional

    2 Timothy 2:15

    If we ignore the intent of the author, the Bible can mean whatever we want it to mean. Divisions in the church, cultic groups, radical subjectivism, and our own Scripture-twisting all attest to this. When studying the Bible, investigate Bible dictionaries and commentaries so that you may better understand the author and his audience. View Resource

  • Intellectual Treason Devotional

    2 Timothy 2:15

    Even during the apostolic times, there were unorthodox men and women who crept into the church and perverted her teaching. We must remain vigilant against the wolves who seek to destroy the faith of God’s flock. Study the historic truths of Christian orthodoxy and ask the Lord to help you discern truth from error in the church. View Resource

  • Rightly Handling God’s Word Devotional

    2 Timothy 2:15

    For millennia, godly men and women who are indwelt by the same Holy Spirit who dwells in us have been reading and interpreting Scripture. We would therefore be foolish to ignore their writings and their teachings. It is good for us to have access to the writings of some of the best interpreters in church history, such as John Calvin and Martin Luther. They err at times, just as we do, but they are a helpful guide to understanding God’s Word. View Resource

  • God’s Truth Abideth Still Devotional

    2 Timothy 2:16–19

    John Calvin comments, “Being convinced that the Church shall nevertheless be safe, we shall more patiently endure that the reprobate go away into their own lot, to which they were appointed; because there will remain the full number, with which God is satisfied.” Heresy should not cause us distress regarding the ultimate fate of the church, but we should be concerned for the souls of those who embrace false teaching and pray for their repentance. View Resource

  • The Lord’s Honorable Vessels Devotional

    2 Timothy 2:20–21

    John MacArthur notes, “Even a common wood bucket or clay pot becomes useful when purged and made holy” (The MacArthur Bible Commentary, p. 1,809). None of us can claim to be a worthy vessel in ourselves, for God takes us when we are dishonorable sinners and makes us honorable through the work of His Spirit. Still, we have a part to play in sanctification, and we must actively avoid false beliefs and immoral situations that tempt us to disobey our father. View Resource

  • A Call for Virtue Devotional

    2 Timothy 2:22–23

    Our culture tells us everyday to ignore the old and pursue what is new and “exciting.” The Word of God, on the other hand, would have us stay true to the teachings that have been known by the Lord’s people for centuries through the instruction of Scripture, for only these can produce in us a character that perseveres. Are you tempted to run after new teaching or do you depend on the tested truths of orthodox, biblical Christianity? View Resource