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2 Timothy 3:10-17
Author: Kent Berghuis
Staying Power 2 Timothy 3:10-17 Main idea: Although difficult times will come, those grounded on the Scriptures will have staying power for Christian living. I. We need staying power through difficult times (10-13). A. The character of God's servant contrasts with those who oppose God (10). --Paul's leading was different from the false teachers just described in 1-7. B. The Lord can rescue God's servant from persecutions (11). C. God's servant should expect persecution (12). D. Evil will continue to prosper and grow worse (13). II. We must ground our lives on the foundation of Scripture (14-17). A. Because God's word saves (14-15). --Timothy knew the Scriptures from his infancy, growing up with a godly mother and grandmother (1:5). --God's servant is to be fully persuaded of Scripture's truth and continue in it. --The Scriptures point the way to salvation. B. Because God produced his word (16a). --Scripture is "God-breathed," or inspired. The words are the product of God's intentions. This is called "verbal inspiration." --All of it is God's word. This is called "plenary inspiration." We are not free to pick and choose what we like in the Bible, for all of it comes from God. C. Because God's word equips us for effective living (16b-17). --4 ways it is profitable; 2 negative, 2 positive. The Bible tells us what is right (teaching/doctrine), how we are wrong (rebuking/reproof), how to get right (correcting), and how to stay right (instruction/training in righteousness). --Scripture prepares us to be "able to meet all demands" (a[rtio", BAGD). This is referred to as the "sufficiency of Scripture." --Scripture prepares us for every good work. God can help you become the servant he wants you to be as you learn from his word. Conclusion: Some practical applications: 1. Adopt a "quiet time" with Scripture as your centerpiece. 2. Initiate family devotions where you read the Bible together. 3. Meditate on Scripture throughout the day. 4. Study the Bible to see what it says about issues you are facing. Use a concordance, topical Bible, study guide or book. 5. Dig deeper--we must not content ourselves with our own ignorance!