The value of Scripture

December 27, 2015 Speaker: Pastor Gary Smith

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:14–4:4

The value of Scripture
2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:4
Because Scripture is God- breathed, it is profitable for godly living and teaching truth

1) But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus, 3:14-15.
In light of evil men and impostors going from bad to worse (3:13), what does Paul exhort Timothy to do? Timothy learned the Scriptures from his mother and grandmother (1:5). How important is the influence of godly mentors in the Scriptures? How did the “sacred writings” (the Old Testament) make people wise for salvation through faith in Christ? Why is this the greatest value of the Scriptures?

2) All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 3:16.
What does it mean to say that the Scriptures are breathed out by God? Describe the ways this makes the Scriptures profitable.

3) that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work, 3:17.
Paul is saying that because the Scriptures are breathed out by God, they thoroughly completely qualify you for every good work. How does this encourage you?

4) I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom, 4:1.
What does Paul’s weighty and serious charge to Timothy say about the importance of preaching the word?

5) preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching, 4:2.
Describe what Paul is saying the commitment to preaching God’s Word should be?

6) For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4:3.
What is the reason people reject sound teaching of the Word? How does this further emphasize why we should preach the Word in season and out of season?

7) and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths, 4:4.
What do people do when they reject sound teaching of the Word? What are examples of modern day “myths”? How should we live in light of the value of Scripture?