Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Tuesday we continued our series on 2 Timothy with a discussion of 3:10-17.

1) Why do good people suffer?

Paul writes that if we follow Christ we will suffer. Some suffering, like aging is a natural part of the human condition. However, the suffering Paul references has to do with persecution. If we live Godly lives and witness to others we will be persecuted. Few of us will experience the persecution common to first century Christians, however, we will be shunned or excluded from events. We may be attacked verbally or suffer financially.

No one likes to suffer but Paul writes that there is a benefit to suffering.

2) What is the benefit to suffering?

If we experience persecution then we are living our faith and growing spiritually.

If we suffer for our faith we know we are standing up for Jesus. The time to be concerned is if you find you have never suffered for Jesus. No suffering means you have not spoken out in His name.

3) How are we to use the Bible?

The Bible is the word of God. It is absolutely true. Therefore, in everything what it says is final word on any subject.

Our will must yield to the Bible’s truth.

That doesn’t mean that it’s truths are always easy to decipher or understand. It is important to spend time meditating on the word and discussing it with other believers.

Next week 2 Timothy 4:1-5. Consider the following questions:

1) What does it mean to ‘preach the word’?

2) Why do people flock to teachers how will tell them what they want to hear?

3) How can we know what is true?

See you Tuesday.

John

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