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The Bible is for…?

2 Timothy 3:16

…teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness,

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Sorry this is so late today!

The Bible is for…?  Let’s see what the Scriptures say about this question.

Yesterday we took a look at God’s instructions through Paul’s writing for a young pastor named Timothy (and for all pastors as well). Timothy was instructed to preach the word of God. 2 Timothy 4:2 – Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.

We wrote that sermons should be based on the Word of God rather than the daily news or our personal opinions. We wrote that our illustrations should be used to make a Biblical point from the passage being used that day rather than making a point we want to make that has little or nothing to do with Scripture. We mentioned that some talks (hard to call them sermons) we hear in some churches have little to do with Scripture and that is not what we are called to share as pastors.

Today we want to back up a few verses and read something else that God gave Paul to share with Timothy and with us. 2 Timothy 3:16–17 – 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. One might argue – and we made that point last night in our Men’s Bible Study – that Paul might have thought this was referring to the Old Testament – since the New Testament wasn’t put together yet. One might also argue – as we did last night – that God knew the New Testament was going to be written and God knew this passage would refer to the whole of the Bible.

As we reflect on both passages – we’re urged to understand that the Bible is to be used for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness – to correct, rebuke and encourage. Unfortunately – it is not fashionable in some circles to name sin and to challenge folks (including ourselves) to be holy – to live without sin. Challenging someone – by the Word of God – to seek holiness – is what the Word of God is all about according to these two passages.

When Jesus was brought a woman caught in adultery – He didn’t judge her when He told her to leave your life of sin. John 8:2–11 – 2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

One of the reasons the Bible was given to us was to remind us and teach us the things of God. We are urged in today’s passages to rebuke sin and to encourage holy living. Let us stand for the Bible and not turn away from it by calling sin acceptable in our lives.  The Bible is for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness – it is to be used to correct, rebuke and encourage.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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May 21, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , ,

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