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Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my dear son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 2 Timothy 1:1-2

Read: 2 Timothy 1:1-8
Listen: 2 Timothy 1

The Apostle Paul meets Timothy during his second missionary journey. Timothy lives in the town of Lystra and is a young follower of Jesus (see Acts 16:1-5). Timothy’s grandmother, Lois, and mother, Eunice, have trained Timothy in the Scriptures. Paul then takes Timothy under his wing as a protégé. Timothy travels with Paul and is given important spiritual duties, such as serving as Paul’s representative (see 1 Thessalonians 3:2; Philippians 2:19). Timothy later pastors the church in the major city of Ephesus.

The letter of 2 Timothy is Paul’s last letter before his death. Timothy is Paul’s “son in the faith” (1 Tim. 1:2) and someone with whom he shares a deep affection (2 Timothy 1:4). Paul and Timothy’s relationship is key in the New Testament story. It also shapes our understanding of this text—a passionate letter from a spiritual father to a young, timid protégé. When appropriately read, these words encourage anyone facing discouragement or fear in spiritual struggles.

TODAY: Ask God what he desires to do in your heart and life through our study of this letter. As we begin this series, consider reading or listening to 2 Timothy. (An audio reading of 2 Timothy only takes about 10 minutes.) Pray for the grace to understand and apply this book’s truths to your life.


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