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Dig Deeper: The Contrast Tool

“Dig Deeper” (Beynon/Sach) is one of the best books you’ll ever open, because it gives you tools to read the best book you’ll ever open. Get a copy from the church bookstall and start digging!

Last night we heard about the "Contrast" tool. We saw that John deliberately put the stories of Nicodemus (John 3) and the Samaritan woman (John 4) together to make a point: the offer of living water is for all sorts of people. The respectable Jewish teacher can't assume that he's in - he must be born again. And the immoral Samaritan woman isn't excluded - she is offered living water.

Here's another contrast for you to get your teeth into.

  1. Read 2 Timothy 1:15. From just this verse, why might you think that Paul mentions Phygelus and Hermogenes?
  2. Read 2 Timothy 1:16-18. How is Onesiphorus contrasted with them?
  3. How does that change your understanding of the purpose of v15?
  4. Bonus question: 2 Timothy 1:8 sets out some of the central themes of the letter. How do the examples of Phygelus, Hermogenes and Onesiphorus reinforce Paul's command in that verse?

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