Paul obviously had a special place in his heart fo... Read more
Paul obviously had a special place in his heart for Timothy. He calls him "my true son in the faith." What was it about Timothy that caused Paul to feel that way about him?
Timothy must have been tempted to leave Ephesus, because the way was pretty rugged there. Otherwise, why would Paul urge him to stay there?
What kinds of things was Timothy up against?
These things promoted controversial speculations, as opposed to God's work, which is by faith.
A pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith result in love.
But people were turning away from these to "meaningless talk."
(v. 10)--sound doctrine, as opposed to false doctrines, mentioned in v. 3
(v. 19)--Paul wanted Timothy to know how important it was for him to hold onto faith and a good conscience, and how detrimental it would be if he didn't. Read less
I believe these are days when it is imperative to ... Read more
I believe these are days when it is imperative to learn to be led by the Holy Spirit, not just when we have "big decisions" to make.
We need to learn to be led by the Holy Spirit as a lifestyle. Read less