What commands does Paul give to Timothy in this text? What do they mean? What connotations and implications are bound up in each of them?
Which of these commands is the most convicting for you? Why?
What kind of response does Paul say that Timothy should expect from the world when he engages in gospel ministry? How can we, as Christians, be preparing for responses like these?
What does it mean for a person to “accumulate teachers to suit their passions”? How can we, as Christians, be careful to avoid this error?
What does Paul mean when he says that he is already being poured out like a drink offering?
How can remembering your own death (and preparing for it) affect your life, here in this world?
Consider Matthew 25:14-46. What kinds decisions and behaviors lead to people being welcomed and commended by God (25:21, 23, 35-40)? What kinds of decisions and behaviors lead to people being rebuked and punished by God (25:26-30, 41-46)?