2 Timothy 1-2: Endure Hardness

New Testament: Student Study guide, (2003), 145


Do you know anyone involved in the military, sports, farming, or ranching? As you read 2 Timothy 1–2, notice how Paul compared living the gospel to a war, an athletic contest, and the harvesting of crops. Why do you think Paul used these comparisons?

Understanding the Scriptures

2 Timothy 1

Unfeigned (v. 5)Sincere 

2 Timothy 2

Husbandman (v. 6)Farmer, land worker 
Charging (v. 14)Commanding 
Subverting (v. 14)Destruction, ruin 
Erred (v. 18)Been in error 
Gender (v. 23)Bring about or cause 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you study 2 Timothy 1–2.

Activity A iconSpiritual Soldiers, Athletes, and Farmers

Make three columns in your notebook and label them with the words Soldier, Athlete, and Farmer.

  1. 1.

    Read 2 Timothy 2:1–6 and list in the columns what each person is to do (for example, the soldier is to “endure hardness”).

  2. 2.

    Write a paragraph describing why you think soldiers, athletes, and farmers are good comparisons to use in a talk about developing spirituality.

Activity B iconIn Your Own Words

Read 2 Timothy 2:22–26 and write a short paragraph explaining why you think these verses are important to you today.