By Pat Russell
Going Deeper September 27, 2020
Sermon from Pastor Bruce Spear
Scriptures for the day:
2 Timothy 2:14-15
Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
2 Timothy 3:14-17
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Today Bruce gave us three important guidelines from Paul’s letter to Timothy for reading and teaching the Scriptures:
1. All Scripture is God-breathed therefore humbly receive what is written there.
2. Jesus Christ is the theme of all Scripture therefore hold His story up as the plumbline to all that has been written in Scripture whether before Jesus lived on earth, during or after.
3. The purpose of Scripture is to enable us to do the work of Jesus therefore seek training in righteousness.
Here is Bruce’s conclusion: “And so, let us never stand in judgment of Scripture but always humbly receive the Word which is able to save our souls. And as we read Scripture let us always remember that the gospels which tell the story of Jesus are the reference point and the plumbline by which we understand the rest of Scripture. Let us never quarrel about words that aren’t even found in Holy Scripture. And let us allow Scripture to train us in the righteousness of Jesus so that we can seek first his kingdom in all we say and do with our lives.”
Here is how you might Go Deeper with this sermon:1. Write or speak a prayer for yourself using the words of each of the three points. For instance, “Lord, it is beyond my understanding how You work in humans to accomplish your will through Scripture. Remind me that whenever I pick up my Bible to read, or think about a word of Scripture, or listen to a song