One of the places Paul visited in the course of his missionary journeys was Derby, a Roman city near his hometown, Tarsus.
It was there that he met Timothy, a young man who was an active member of the Christian community.
In the final months of his life, Paul wrote to Timothy and it is clear from this letter that they had a father-son relationship. As an observant Jew and a Pharisee, it is quite likely that Paul was married. However, there is no indication in the New Testament as to whether or not he had a wife or, if he did, whether they had any children. It may well be that Timothy was the “son that Paul never had.”
June 17: Session One Acts 15 and 16
Timothy is invited to join Paul on his mission to the Gentiles
June 24: Session Two II Timothy 1: 1-18
Paul, under house arrest in Rome, writes to his protégé encouraging him in his faith and vocation
July 1: Session Three II Timothy 2: 1-14
“Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David ─ that is my gospel”
July 8: Session Four II Timothy 2: 15-26
“The Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome, but kindly to everyone, an apt teacher, patient, correcting opponents with gentleness.”
July 15: Session Five II Timothy 3: 1-17
“Continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have known the sacred Writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”
July 22: Session Six II Timothy 4: 1-22
“As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.”