For over fifteen years Timothy had been Paul's faithful missionary companion and 'fellow-worker'. When his first imprisonment was over, Paul left Timothy in Ephesus as a kind of 'bishop.' Wide responsibilities were given to him. A nd now still heavier burdens were about to fall on Timorhty's shoulders. For Paul was on the point of martyrdom, and then the task of preserving the apostle's teaching intact would be his in greater measure. The church of our day urgently needs to heed the message of this second letter of Paul to Timothy. For all around us we see Christians relaxing their grasp of the gospel, fumbling it, in danger of letting it drop from their hands altogether.
The eight studies include questions in an inductive format, commentary notes, personal application, prayer helps and leader guidelines. After you have worked through the questions and notes in the guide, you may want to read the commentary by John Stott in the Bible Speaks Today series (WW2957).