“Strength to See Through Suffering”
2 Timothy 2:3-7
1. Suffering tempts us to:
a. Feel isolated
b. Focus on the pain
c. Fall away
2.How should we endure suffering?
a. Like a soldier… don’t get caught up
b. Like an athlete… don’t escape the difficulty
c. Like a farmer… don’t forget the harvest
3.Don’t look to suffering, look through suffering
a. In the midst of suffering, it matters where I focus
b. When I focus on Christ, I find the strength to endure
When I am in the midst of suffering, I will look to Jesus
LifeGroup Questions: Applying the Teaching to Our Life
- In 2 Timothy 2:3-7, Paul uses three different analogies: soldier, athlete, and farmer. Which of these three analogies connects the most with you? Why?
- What lessons do you glean from the three analogies that Paul uses?
- Are you willing to do what is necessary to follow Jesus? Do you consider following Christ a sprint or a marathon? How do you follow Jesus over the long haul so that you endure?
- In verse 7, Paul calls Timothy to “reflect on what [he] is saying, for the Lord will give [Timothy] insight into all this.” Do you build in time to think about and seek what the Lord is saying? How can you do that more and more?
- In Clay’s sermon, he said that when we are suffering, we should look to Jesus. How does looking to Jesus help us to endure?
- What are some specific ways that we can look to Jesus this week?
Core Christlike Characteristic: Spirit Led Servant/Living Surrendered