Don’t Be Quarrelsome

William C. Brownson

Read: 2 Timothy 2:23-26 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth. (vv. 24-25) In proclaiming the message of the gospel, Timothy is to be bold and forthright, unafraid to confront error with revealed truth. But in manner, he is never to be quarrelsome or contentious. He must especially avoid controversies about …

Do Your Best

William C. Brownson

Read: 2 Timothy 2:14-15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. (v. 15) “Do your best, Timothy,” writes Paul. He seems to say, “Give yourself wholeheartedly to your appointed task. Offer your entire being to God and do your work with an eye single to his ‘well done!’ So labor that you’ll never need to be ashamed.” Timothy has a great …

Remember Jesus

William C. Brownson

Read: 2 Timothy 2:8-10 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! (v. 8) Paul has just been urging Timothy to “share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:3). He is to have courage, to concentrate on pleasing his commander, to be disciplined and diligent. Now comes the …

Pleasing Your Commander

William C. Brownson

Read: 2 Timothy 2:3-7 No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. (vv. 3-4) Those in military service can teach the servants of Christ valuable lessons. One is their readiness to accept hardship, suffering, and risk. Paul wants Timothy to face these things courageously, as a “good soldier of Christ Jesus” (v. 3). Although believers do not contend against flesh and blood enemies, their loyalty to Christ pits them against …

Pass It On!

William C. Brownson

Read: 2 Timothy 2:1-2 You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. In these my “retirement” years, I often preach about “leaving a legacy.” That concern is never far from me—what I will leave behind to those who come after me. I almost always feel tears coming when I …

Refreshing People

William C. Brownson

Read: 2 Timothy 1:15-18 May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains, but when he arrived in Rome he searched for me earnestly and found me . . . and you well know all the service he rendered at Ephesus. (vv. 16-18) What a heartbreak for Paul! He has just written that “all who are in Asia turned away from me” (v. 15). This means the …