Paul's Last Lessons

Second Timothy. Paul’s famous last words. This would be his last letter - his final charge to Timothy. Paul was sentenced to death for his belief in Christ. He was leaving Timothy the most important things he could think of. Paul knew his time was running out. He knew these would be his final words.

As I was reading through 2 Timothy this week, I decided to make a list of all the things Paul instructed Timothy to do in this final letter. Thought it would be a good way to see all of the things Paul thought were the most important things to tell Timothy:

· Fan into flame the gift of God that is in you (1:6)

· For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but of power, of love and of self-discipline. (1:7)

· Do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord (1:8)

· What you heard from me, keep as a pattern of sound teaching (1:13)

· Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you with the help of the Holy Spirit (1:14)

· Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus (2:1)

· Entrust to reliable men who will be qualified to teach others the things you heard me say (2:2)

· Endure hardship like a good soldier (2:3)

· Reflect on what I am saying, the Lord will give you insight into all this (2:7)

· Keep reminding them about these things (2:14)

· 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 (2:15)

· Avoid godless chatter (2:16)

· Flee the evil desires of youth (2:22)

· Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments (2:23)

· The Lords servant must not quarrel (2:24)

· Gently instruct those who oppose you (2:25)

· Continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of (3:14)

· All scripture is God-breathed (3:16)

· Preach the word (4:2)

· Be prepared in season and out of season (4:2)

· Correct, rebuke and encourage (4:2)

· Keep your head in all situations (4:5)

· Endure hardship (4:5)

· Do the work of an evangelist (4:5)

· Discharge all the duties of your ministry (4:5)