The Book of Second Timothy
"So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord..."
  (2 Timothy 1:8)

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Second Timothy
Brief Outline

I.    The Salutation, 1:1-2
II.    The Expression of Thanks for Timothy, 1:3-7
III.    The Call of a Soldier of Christ, 1:8-18
IV.    The Character of a Soldier of Christ, 2:1-26
V.    The Caution of a Soldier of Christ, 3:1-17
VI.    The Charge to a Soldier of Christ, 4:1-5
VII.    The Comfort of a Soldier of Christ, 4:6-18
VIII.    Concluding Greetings, 4:19-22

The Full Outline
D. Edmond Hiebert  (1)

An Outline of II Timothy

    1.    The Salvation, 1:1-2
        a.    The writer, 1:1
        b.    The reader, 1:2a
        c.    The greeting, 1: 2b
    2.    The Expression of Gratitude. 1:3-5
        a.    The statement of his gratitude, 1: 3a
        b.    The description of his feeling, 1: 3b-5
            1)    His incessant remembrance of Timothy, 1:3b
            2)    His yearning for Timothy, 1:4
            3)    His reminder of Timothy's faith, 1:5

    1.    The Essential qualities of the Steadfast Minister, 1:6-18
        a.    The zeal of the minister, 1:6-7
            1)    The appeal for zeal, 1:6
            2)    The incentive for zeal, 1:7
        b.    The courage of the minister, 1:8-12
            1)    The appeal for courage, 1:8-12
            2)    The incentive to courage, 1:9-12
                a)    The truths of the Gospel, 1:9-10
                b)    The position and attitude of the apostle, 1:11-12
                    i)    His position in relation to the Gospel, 1:11
                    ii)    His attitude in suffering for the Gospel, 1:12
        c.    The fidelity of the minister, 1:13-18
            1)    The appeal for fidelity, 1:13-14
                a)    The exhortation to hold the pattern of sound words, 1:13
                b)    The exhortation to guard the good deposit, 1:14
            2)    The incentive to fidelity, 1:15-18
                a)    Neg.-the example of those in Asia, 1:15
                b)    Pos.-the courageous example of Onesiphorus, 1:16-18
                    i)    The prayer for the house of Onesiphorus, 1:16a
                    ii)    The services of Onesiphorus at Rome, 1:16b-17
                    iii)    The prayer for Onesiphorus, 1:18a
                    iv)    The ministry of Onesiphorus at Ephesus, 1:18b
    2. The Duties of the Steadfast Minister, 2:1 - 13
a.    The duty of personal strengthening, 2:1
        b.    The duty of transmitting the truth, 2:2
        c.    The duty of steadfast endurance for the Gospel, 2:3-13
            1)    The demand for endurance in the Christian life, 2:3-7
                a)    The call to suffer hardship as a good soldier, 2:3
                b)    The pictures of the Christian life, 2:4-6
                    i)    The picture of the soldier, 2:4
ii)    The picture of the athlete, 2:5
                    iii)    The picture of the farmer, 2:6
                c)    The duty to understand the pictures, 2:7
            2)    The motivation for endurance in the Christian life, 2:8-13
                a)    The constant remembrance of Jesus Christ, 2:8
                b)    The suffering of Paul in the Gospel, 2:9-10
                c)    The certainty of the future reward, 2:11-13

    1.    The Minister's Reaction to Doctrinal Error, 2: 14-26
        a.    The urgent activity amid doctrinal error, 2:14-19
            1)    The nature of the activity, 2:14-16a
                a)    His warning against doctrinal error, 2:14
                b)    His example as a master-workman, 2:15
                c)    His shunning of profane babblings, 2:16a
            2)    The reasons for the activity, 2:16b-19
                a)    Because of the destructive effect of error, 2:16b-18
                h)    Because of the demand of divine truth, 2:19
        b.    The needed holiness of life amid doctrinal error, 2:20-26
            1)    The picture of the mixed condition in the great house, 2:20, 21
                a)    The two types of utensils in the house, 2:20
                b)    The needed separation for a position of honor, 2:21
            2)    The application to the minister's work, 2:22-26
                a)    The exhortation to personal purity of life, 2:22
                b)    The command to disdain foolish and ignorant questions, 2:23
                c)    The directions for dealing with those in error, 2:24-26
                    i)    The demeanor of the one dealing with them, 2:24-25a
                    ii)    The aim in dealing with them, 2:23b-26
2.    The Minister an" the Coming Apostasy, 3:1-17
    a.    The prophecy concerning the apostasy, 3:1-9
        1)    The announcement of the coming grievous times, 3:1
        2)    The description of the coming apostates, 3:2-5a
            a)    The description of their character, 3:2-4
            b)    The description of their religion, 3:5a
        3)    The command to separate from apostates, 3:5b
        4)    The work of the apostates, 3:6-9
            a)    The description of their work, 3:6a
            b)    The victims of their work, 3:6b-7
            c)    The character of these apostates, 3:8
            d)    The limitation upon their work, 3:9
    b.    The power to meet the coming apostasy, 3:10-17
        1)    The remembrance of Paul's sufferings, 3:10-13
            a)    The reminder of his life and sufferings, 3:10-11
            b)    The explanation for such sufferings, 3:12-13
        2)    The stand in the power of the Scriptures, 3:14-17
            a)    The experience of Timothy with the Scriptures, 3:14-15
         b)    The nature and function of the Scriptures, 3:16-17
    3.    The Final Charge to Timothy, 4:1-8
        a.    The charge to preach the Word, 4:1-4
            1)    The solemnity in making the charge, 4:1
            2)    The statement of the charge, 4:2
            3)    The reason for the charge, 4:3-4
        b.    The charge to a sober fulfillment of his ministry, 4:5-8
            1)    The statement of the charge, 4:5
            2)    The basis for the charge, 4:6-8
                a)    His appraisal of present circumstances, 4:6
                b)    His life in retrospect, 4:7
                c)    His prospects for the future, 4:8

    1.     The Personal Requests and Items of Information, 4:9-18
        a.    His loneliness and his desire for assistance, 4:-12
            1)    The request for Timothy to come quickly, 4: 9
            2)    The explanation concerning his companions, 4:10
            3)    The instructions concerning Mark, 4:11
            4)    The commission to Tychicus, 4:12
        b.    His request for his cloak and books, 4:13
        c.    His information and warning concerning Alexander, 4:14-15
        d.    His experience at his "first defense," 4:16-18
            1)    The absence of patron friends, 4:16
            2)    The strengthening presence of the Lord, 4:17
            3)    The assurance concerning the future, 4:18
    2.    The Personal Greetings, 4:19-21
    3.    The Closing Benediction, 4:22
(1)    D. Edmond Hiebert, "First Timothy," Everyman's Bible Commentary, Moody Press, Chicago, 1957