A simple, but effective, way to study a text is to leave out the key words or phrase you wish to study.

Copy the text from biblegateway.com into a word document and either print out one large copy or multiple copies, one for each student. Alternatively write the text on a white board leaving appropriate gaps.

As you discuss the text ask students to try to fill in the gaps and make your points. For example:

Therefore do not be ………… of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in ……….. for the ……… according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our ……., but according to …… ………… ……………….. which was granted us in ……   ……….. from all eternity, but now has been revealed by the appearing of …. ……….. ……….. …………  who abolished …… and brought…… ….. ………….. to light through the …….., for which I was appointed a ………. and an ………. and a …………..  (2 Tim 1:8-11)

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher.

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