Read 2 Timothy 3:1-17
Over the next several weeks, we will be learning about catalysts that contribute to growing faith. In other words, what are some of the keys that accelerate and accentuate your confident trust in the Savior and your desire to do what He asks of you?
The first of those factors that contribute to your faith is practical teaching. According to divine design, the Word of God is designed to be the source for that teaching. Whether we are talking about your “self-taught” daily reading, the instruction you receive in your Grace Group, or the sermon you listen to, God’s Word is much more than information. He wants to leverage it for application and ultimately for transformation.
The verses of 2 Timothy 3 make its practicality clear. The practical teaching of the Scriptures stands in contrast to the false teaching that somehow leads towards the selfish, immoral deception described in the first eight verses of the chapter. Timothy had the distinct blessing and advantage of not only hearing that practical teaching from the apostle Paul in his young adult life but also from his mother and grandmother in his infancy and childhood. A person is blessed, who, at every stage of life, has opportunity for practical exposure to biblical teaching!
But Paul also closes the chapter by reminding us of essential realities about the Scriptures.
- They are inspired! God Himself superintended the recording of the words of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments.
- They are for our instruction! The Bible gives us truth from God that is without error. It accurately portrays doctrinal realities about our God and His ways.
- They are for our rebuke! The Word of God exposes our sin and points us to confession.
- They are for correction! The words of the Old and New Testament move us beyond sin recognition but also in pointing us towards godly living.
- They are for our training! Not only does the Bible point out wrong and get us on the right path, it also provides ongoing direction for a life that pleases God.
- They are for our equipping! God uses His word to prepare us to serve Him.
The Scriptures are practical. Don’t be content to use them only as a source of information! Rather, let God use them to transform you.