2 Timothy 3:14 - 4:5 NLT
14 But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. 15 You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
1 I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom: 2 Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.
3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths.
5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.
Articles of Faith
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe in the plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, by which we understand the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, given by divine inspiration, inerrantly revealing the will of God concerning us in all things necessary to our salvation, so that whatever is not contained therein is not to be enjoined as an article of faith.
(Luke 24:44-47; John 10:35; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:10-12; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
- Lois and Eunice (1:5)
- train us in righteousness
Like a tree planted by the water or the man who built his house on the rock, one who is rooted in the word of God will not easily be toppled.
Hebrews 4:12-15 NLT
12For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. 13Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.
14So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. 15This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Live the story
The church does not go to work with the newspaper, smart phone or tablet, tweet, juicy post or breaking news story in its hand but the Bible, the Word of God...
Word before Powers
Lenses - shape perspective and offer clarity or blind us to the truth and skew our perspective...
Matthew 6:22-23 (NLT)
22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!
If the Light is Darkness...
- Ratios probably matter
- Practice and discipline
- Time spent wisely
- Muscle memory
If you are taking in more media from the perspectives of this world than you are taking in scripture it is likely those outlets are shaping the way you view scripture rather than the other way around...
Bottom line: you are endowed by your creator to set priorities and if the story of scripture isn't informing your priorities then something else is...
Consume or be Consumed
It is a short trip for us toward legalism
We can quickly begin to believe that quantity makes up for quality
We can begin to measure our "success" as faithful followers of Jesus by how much we have memorized
In daily Bible reading, in any reading of the Bible, we should approach the scripture not only as the explorer but as one who is being explored. In short, you can read the Bible but it will only become transformational as you make space for the Bible to read you.
Interrogating - Historical Critical Analysis
Overhearing - Bridging the gap between the original context and our own context
Embodying - permeation of our lives by the biblical story
Image of God
Image meets Issue - reconciliation, redemption...
- proof texting
- agenda pushing
- cultural appropriation - Hebrew vs Hellenistic
Questions to Consider:
- Why do the holy scriptures have authority?
- Does the Bible tell the truth?
- Where did the Bible come from?
- How can the story of God found in the Bible be lived out by you, by us this week?
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell;
the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty,
From there He will come to judge
the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Our practice of communion as instructed by Jesus is a remembering of the Lord until he comes again...
It is also a re-membering of the body of Christ... In this act of faith we are reminded that we are made one in Christ and one with Christ...