Summary: Jesus’ command to love God with “all our mind,” the Christian life is supposed to include regular times of study and learning.
Pursuing God Theologically
In following Jesus’ command to love God with “all our mind,” the Christian life is
supposed to include regular times of study and learning. The goal of such study is to have
what Paul called “the mind of Christ” so that we can live the life of Christ by the power
of the Spirit of Christ. Therefore, we will examine the contemplative spiritual discipline
of study and the correlating active spiritual discipline of obedience.
•Mind – Nous: thoughts, feelings, will, thinking power, dianoia: serious thought,
the minds disposition, imagination & understanding, Proneo: to entertain, have sentiment
towards, to set affections upon
The most important part of any structure is the foundation. It is the underlying
support upon which the rest of the building is built. If the foundation is not laid correctly,
the building will not stand.
The same principle of construction applies in preparing to minister the Word of
God. The foundation of successful ministry is the preparation of our lives.
The local church is the place that God has ordained for the provision, protection,
and development of His people. All ministry is birthed in the setting of the local church.
1. Paul is writing this second letter of encouragement from prison. He begins by
assuring him of his love and prayers & reminds him of his spiritual heritage &
responsibilities. Only the one who perseveres, whether a soldier, athlete, farmer, or
minister of Jesus Christ, will reap the reward. Paul warns him that his teaching will come
under attack as men desert the truth for “ear itching words”. But Timothy has Paul’s
example to guide him & God’s word to fortify him as he faces growing opposition &
glowing opportunities in the last days.
2. Survey of this letter:
a. Paul knows that his final days are drawing to a close. He now seeks to
challenge & strengthen his somewhat timid by faithful Timothy. Paul encourages
Timothy & calls him a “good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2:3) .
b. Key words: Stir up, be not ashamed, be thou partakers of the
afflictions, hold fast, sound words, be strong, endure hardness, study, approved, Flee,
c. Persevere in present testing (1 and 2) - don’t become entangled in false
speculations, foolish quarrels, or youthful lusts, why? It will damper his
d. Endure in future testings (3 and 4) - The scripture is God breathed &
with it Timothy is equipped to carry out the ministry to which he was called. Do right in
spite of opposing circumstances
•In John 17:17, Jesus prayed that we would study our Bible. He said, “Sanctify them by
the truth; your word is truth.” Therefore, to become more and more like Jesus we must
have regular time in God’s Word. The Scriptures have much to say about the benefits of
•“If you know these things, happy are ye if you do them” (John 13:17). When we delight
in His Word we will experience true happiness, which is the result of knowing and doing
the will of God
•Having a Working Knowledge of the Word – John 8:31-32