As we know, the main theme and purpose of Paul’s letter of 2 Timothy is perseverance - continuing to do what we ought, even when it’s difficult.
In this week’s passage, Paul is encouraging Timothy to actively make disciples - believers who follow Jesus and who are actively encouraging others to do the same. This topic ties in directly to the Great Commission given by Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20). But what’s interesting to note about the Great Commission, is that Jesus does not command his disciples to make converts, but He commanded them to make disciples, which would involve teaching & instruction. In this study, we’ll be looking at the whole subject of discipleship - what it is, what it’s not, why it’s important, and who should be actively participating in it. One thing that the Bible makes abundantly clear is that the Gospel, including the truth of God’s Word, was never intended to stop with us. It is not God’s will for a believer to focus only on building themselves up spiritually. Instead, God intends for there to be a continuous in-flow and outflow of truth in and from our lives.
In the week ahead, read through the passage with your family and discuss the nature and the importance of discipleship.