13 Powerful Ministry Principles Paul Gave To Timothy – 2 Timothy 2

From my reading in 2 Timothy 2 in the One Year Bible New Testament.

Paul passed on some powerful advice to Timothy that applies to ministry leaders.

1. Be strong through God’s grace

“Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 2:1

2. Teach others, who can teach others, who can teach others…

You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.” 2 Timothy 2:2

3. Endure suffering

“Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 2:3

4. Focus on the mission

“Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.” 2 Timothy 2:4

5. Follow the rules

“And athletes cannot win the prize unless they follow the rules.” 2 Timothy 2:5

6. Work hard

And hardworking farmers should be the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor.” 2 Timothy 2:6

7. Remind people of the truth

“Remind everyone about these things, and command them in God’s presence to stop fighting over words. Such arguments are useless, and they can ruin those who hear them.” 2 Timothy 2:14

8. Work hard to correctly explain the truth

Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

9. Avoid worthless talk

“Avoid worthless, foolish talk that only leads to more godless behavior.” 2 Timothy 2:16

10. Keep yourself pure and usable

“If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:21

11. Run from temptation and run toward righteousness with others

“Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.” 2 Timothy 2:22

12. Don’t fight, instead be kind and patient with difficult people

“A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.” 2 Timothy 2:24

13. Gently teach those who oppose the truth

“Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth.” 2 Timothy 2:25

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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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