2024-01-25 11:39:19 · 52

189 Thrive Deeper: 2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon

Episode Notes

Second Timothy is a letter from the apostle Paul to his protégé Timothy. Penned from a Roman prison, the letter is a heartfelt plea for steadfastness in faith and ministry. Paul implores Timothy to stand firm in the face of challenges, reminding him of the spiritual heritage passed down through their family. The letter emphasizes the importance of sound doctrine, urging Timothy to guard the Gospel and avoid false teachings. Paul encourages him to be courageous and not succumb to fear, for God has given believers a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline. Paul, aware of his imminent martyrdom, reflects on his life as a poured-out offering to God. He instructs Timothy to endure hardships, be a diligent worker in God's service, and avoid worldly distractions. The apostle underscores the reliability of the Scriptures, emphasizing their role in teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. Personal reflections on Paul's hardships and the desertion of some close associates underscore the letter's emotional tone. He mentions Onesiphorus as a shining example of loyalty and kindness, providing a stark contrast to those who abandoned him. In the face of impending persecution, Paul expresses confidence in God's faithfulness and ultimate deliverance. He implores Timothy to continue preaching the Word with patience and careful instruction, whether convenient or not. Second Timothy is a poignant reminder of the challenges faced by early Christians and a call to persevere in faith. The letter's timeless messages resonate across generations, urging believers to hold fast to the truth, endure hardships, and fulfill their God-given calling with unwavering dedication.

Meet The Presenters

Dr Matt Jacoby

Matt is the teaching pastor at his church in Victoria, Australia, lecturer at the Melbourne School of Theology, an author, a songwriter and, a musician leading the Psalms project band Sons of Korah.

Matt has a doctorate in philosophy and theology from the University of Melbourne, and is the author of the daily Bible reading guide Thrive launched in 2005. Matt's most recent work as an author is his book Deeper Places (Baker Books USA 2013) with an expanded edition released in 2019. In Deeper Places, Matt shares a rich portrait of authentic spirituality. A gifted teacher and Bible scholar, Matthew is invited to speak at conferences and churches where he brings a fresh but foundational perspective to Scripture.

“I do a lot of teaching these days in my various roles but I always see myself more as a learner. I love learning. I enjoy academic learning and because of that I am a perpetual student of many disciplines. But most of all I love learning to live life the way God made me to live it.” MJ

DJ Paine

DJ is a podcaster, photographer and has had a number of years experience as a Christian Radio Breakfast announcer. He would consider himself a professional Christian music geek & amateur Bible nerd. DJ was raised on the Gold Coast and studied at Word Of Life Bible College in Sydney.

Devoted husband of Benita Paine and proud of their three boys: the #BrothersPaine

“If you have ever wondered if God has a place for you in His plan... or if you have ever felt you are just a round peg trying to fit into a square hole... well I want to encourage you: if God can use a goof like me then we are all in good hands! I love the scriptures and if I can leave any legacy behind it is simply to say: read the Bible, the Bible is God’s light by which we can really see the universe.” DJ

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