Down through the centuries battles have been won and battles have been lost. Yet, in every conflict there is a common goal—VICTORY! That victory may have been conquering a hill, a city, a country, or it may just be achieving a personal goal. To the Christian engaged in spiritual conflict with the “enemy” of his soul, victory means “enduring unto the end” and spending eternity with Jesus.
- Paul commanded Timothy to be “instant in season, out of season.” How can we as Christians do this?
- Before a person can go to battle he must identify the enemy. List ways that you think might help one to be able to identify his spiritual enemy.
- Timothy was told, “watch thou in all things.” Why is it necessary that we watch? See 1 Peter 5:8.
- The enemy challenges Christians in every phase of life: in school, at home, on the job, wherever they are. How will one who has determined to endure to the end respond when he encounters:
Pressure from acquaintances
- Verse 5 of our text lists three other things that the Christian is instructed to do in addition to enduring affliction, the subject of our lesson. What are these three things, and what connection can you see between each of them and the command to “endure afflictions”?
- Everyone, Christians and non-Christians alike, have things in their lives that they must endure. Afflictions come to Christians for various reasons. Explain. See 1 Peter 2:19-20.
- How would you relate the word motivation to the Christian walk? What is our motivation to endure for Christ’s sake? What are some ways we might be able to increase our motivation?
- Every Christian will not face the same set of circumstances or trials. What are some specific things a Christian may endure for Christ? Consider Biblical examples as well as examples from your own knowledge or experience.
- In verses 7 and 8 of our text, Paul speaks of having finished his course, and goes on to tell about the reward he expects to receive. Those that “love his appearing” are eligible for the same reward. In Revelation 3:11, we find the key to Christian endurance. State it in your own words.