(1) In 2:1, Timothy is commanded to "be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus." What does Paul mean by the word 'grace' in this context?
[In Paul's language, this word can carry the following possible meanings: a. graciousness, b. unmerited favor ('saved by grace'), c. favor given (the gift itself), d. thanks (gratitude), e. enablement from God to accomplish something]
(2) In 2:2, what are "the things" which Timothy has heard from Paul? (see also 1:13)
(3) How do you think Timothy is to know which men are 'faithful' or 'worthy' to teach others?
(4) In 2:3, Paul uses the same word as in 1:8 to command Timothy to suffer hardship. Why does Paul then bring up the picture of a 'good soldier' (2:3-4)? In the Roman world, what characterizes a 'good soldier'?
(5) In 2:5, what do 'rules' have to do with Timothy suffering hardship for the Gospel?
(6) In 2:6, what should Timothy and a 'hard-working farmer' have in common?
(7) In 2:7, what does Paul want Timothy to do with what has been written so far?
(8) Thus far in the book, what things emerge as Paul's top priorities as he faces execution? Do YOUR priorities line up with PAUL'S?