The Lord's Servant Must Not Quarrel
I. Study Text: 2 Timothy 2:24-26
II. Theme: Power tempts people to be greedy as few things can. Regardless of how much power we have, it is never enough.
Power works against humility. Power works against compassion. Power works against servitude. Two forces that easily
become enemies are power and Christ-like attitudes. Power rarely helps the weak. Power rarely rescues the fallen. Power
hungers for control.
When Christians stop depending on God, and make themselves authorities on doctrine, ungodly things happen. In the
guise of "defending the faith," "protecting the truth," "exposing error," "protecting the church," and "following the
ancient paths," ungodly attitudes are justified and wicked acts are sanctified.
God is the Creator. Jesus Christ is Savior. We are servants. Even if we have power, we are servants. Jesus had enormous
power, but Jesus was a servant.
Paul sent Timothy into extremely demanding, difficult circumstances [1 Corinthians 4:17]. When Paul wrote this letter,
the situation was grave and conditions would get worse. If ever a situation called for the use of power, this was it. But
Paul, knowing that he would die soon, did not urge Timothy to use power.
III. Questions and Application
2 Timothy 2:24-26
1. Timothy was to understand that he was the Lord's what (verse 24)? What is that?
2. The Lord's bondservant is not what (verse 24)?
3. Instead, the Lord's bondservant does three things (verse 24). What are they?
4. What will the Lord's bondservant do gently (verse 25)? Who do you think those people are? Consider the context in
forming your answer.
5. What does the Lord's bondservant want these people to do (verse 25)?
a. If those in "opposition" come to repentance, how does that change the situation?
b. Do we generally want those in "opposition" to come to repentance? Explain your answer.
c. Who grants repentance?
d. How will God grant them repentance?
6. When God granted them repentance by leading them to knowledge of the truth, they responded to God's initiative by
coming to what (verse 26)?
a. What does "coming to their senses" mean?
b. If they come to their senses, what must they escape?
c. They had been held captive by the devil for what purpose?
IV. Conclusion: Timothy's best friend and mentor was to be executed soon (4:6). Turmoil in congregations was on the rise.
Things would get worse (3:1-7). Yet, Timothy was not to quarrel. He was to be kind. He was to teach. He was to be patient
with those who wronged him. He was to gently correct his opposers. He was to desire their repentance and rescue. His
desire was to be that they come to their senses. He was to feel for them. Why? They were the captives of the devil.
Timothy must remember that these people attacked and opposed God, not him. Paul wanted Timothy to rescue those doing
the devil's will, not to destroy them. Paul wanted those in the church who were in the devil's snare to repent. Paul wanted
Christians who were doing the devil's will to be freed so that they could do God's will.
When we believe that we accomplish God's will by quarreling with mean spirited hearts, we are in the devil's snare. When
we believe that we accomplish God's will by destroying fellow believers who serve God, we are doing the devil's will, not
God's. God's servants don't quarrel.
Who have you quarreled with this week, and about what?