Take a Deep Breath
Before you read today’s text, ask yourself why you read the Bible. Is it because you feel you ought to as a Christian, or perhaps you are deeply interested in doctrine or perhaps you just love reading about the life of Jesus?
And now lets home in on Verses 16 and 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.
Oxygen for Life
Just as our lungs filter out the oxygen in the air, so that our blood can feed our physical bits and pieces, so Scripture does the same for our spiritual life. And not so we can wear a brighter halo, but so we can actually do good work. Lets try it out with the rest of this passage.
Enduring Persecution. Paul’s witness during incredible suffering – probably both physical and mental – demonstrated the love of God working in him more than any clever words.
Real Wisdom. How do Paul and Timothy distinguish between true and false teaching? They immerse themselves in Scripture, with their faith in Christ as the bulwark against falsehood.
Training in Righteousness. Training normally involves frequent attempts to improve understanding and skills. The challenges we face day by day leading a godly life need help from all the history, parables and practical wisdom packed into the Bible, with the truth of The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ underpinning everything we learn.
Preaching. Most us aren’t called to be preachers in the formal sense of giving sermons at Church, but we can all share biblical truth in ‘bite-sized’ chunks through thoughtful use of the right verses (for example in a card to someone who has had a bereavement or is suffering ill health). We can let the ‘verse be the nurse’ in the sense that we are not obliged add anything.
Play the video below. Although it has sound, the words of the hymn and the images are good on their own.
Dear Lord and Father, please guide our country through the challenges ahead as the result of the EU referendum works it way through our society. We pray that whatever challenges lie ahead your Church will grow and that we will play our part, both as honest citizens and as heralds of your kingdom.