Posted by Melissa
I’m not afraid to share my faith. I’m really not. I love sharing the life-giving truth about Jesus. However, don’t start asking me questions about my Christian T-shirt when I’m in the middle of my favorite TV show, and don’t text me with questions about a confusing Bible verse when I’m headed to the football game. Admittedly, it’s hardest for me to share my faith when it’s inconvenient. When is it toughest for you?
Zone in on verse 2 as you read 2 Timothy 4:1-5.
With what have we been charged?
Which of these instructions are easiest for you to carry out? Which one is toughest? Explain.
What is a recent situation that has required great patience from you? How did you do?
When has it been difficult for you to persist in telling others about Jesus? When has it been inconvenient?
What are some examples of verse 3 in your school, community, or even church?
What does it mean to keep a clear head?
How can young believers keep clear heads in our culture?
What are you doing to keep a clear head?
Paul spoke some pretty challenging words to Timothy. People aren’t going to like your words, he admitted. Paul’s advice? Tell them anyway and don’t quit. When are you most tempted to quit? When does it seem like a waste of time to even open your mouth?
Stop right now and ask God for courage to speak His truth, even when it’s unpopular. Even when it’s inconvenient. Even when it hurts. No matter what, speak His truth.
Proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching. —2 Timothy 4:2
Reprinted from ec magazine. © 2010 LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Used by permission.