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2 Timothy Four: Oh, Really?

Posted: October 9, 2011 in 2 Timothy

Fatigue and a headache will be keeping this post short, so I just want to leave you with a thought:

Paul, who was eventually murdered for his faith, tells Timothy that “the Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom.”

Paul didn’t seem too concerned with how he got to heaven- what mattered was that he got there. It would do us all well to focus on the eternal perspective, rather than seeing only our temporal situations.

            In the course of warning Timothy about the coming persecution as a follower of Jesus, in addition to warning of the godlessness of some of the people who profess to be saved but are not, we see that Paul explains to Timothy why it’s so important for a believer to be reading the Bible. Oftentimes as teens it’s hard to understand the relevancy of a 2,000 year old book, but Paul speaks a truth that transcends time as he describes the Bible. Here are the four reasons you should read the Bible:

            1. It is good for teaching you the Truth. As your mind brings in the reality brought forth by God’s Word, it will color the way you perceive anything else. While not all truth is contained in Scripture, all of Scripture is true and thus of invaluable importance.

            2. God’s Word will let know you where you’re screwing up. Our goal as followers of Christ is to look more like Him, and when we err in our actions, thoughts, and attitudes, the Bible will call us out in these areas.

            3. Beyond that, God’s Word shares with us how to get back on track after said rebuke over faulty actions.

            4. Lastly, following the teachings of the Bible will guarantee a life more like Jesus’. You cannot hope to live a better life without basing it upon Biblical precepts.

            So…there’s four great reasons for reading the Word. You got four great reasons why not to?

2 Timothy Two: Let’s Fight!

Posted: October 7, 2011 in 2 Timothy

Ok, I gotta be honest. Me and Paul wouldn’t have gotten along very well last year, or the few years before that, because I was a total jerk when it came to theological convictions. Man, I could run my opponent to the ground, or back them into an inescapable theological corner. I was the master apologist, and I didn’t care who my truth hurt as I battled for sound doctrine.

But this isn’t at all the right attitude for believers to have. We aren’t called to ignore error, but we are called to correct it gently in hopes that God will work in the heart of the other person. Let’s remember that the next time we engage in theological Mortal Kombat with other believers.

2 Timothy One: Don’t Be Ashamed

Posted: October 6, 2011 in 2 Timothy

Paul’s second letter to Timothy shares with us the zeal that Paul had for the Gospel of Christ- even while imprisoned for his faith.

His secret? Being convinced that Jesus was worth it and that God was capable of keeping His promises. This kind of assurance comes only through an intimate knowledge of the faithfulness of God. In other words, Paul knew by experience that God was a promise keeper, and he could only know that by (1) knowing those promises and (2) acting on them.

Want that kind of faith? It begins with knowing the Word. Are you doing it?