Posts from January 2019

Posts from January 2019

Scripture is Profitable for Rebuking and for Correcting- 2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is…profitable for rebuking, for correcting. (2 Timothy 3:16) Pastor John’s Notes: The truth of the Scriptures will expose the lies by which we live. The Spirit of God will use our reading of the Scriptures to show us our sin. This revelation might sting a bit, but whenever God might wound us, it is always for our good. The rebuke we might feel is only the first part of our transformation. God never shows us our sin without…

Scripture is Profitable for Teaching – 2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is… profitable for teaching. (2 Timothy 3:16) Pastor John’s Notes: In order for us to follow in the way of Jesus Christ, we must first know what the way is. The Scriptures are the sole source of true doctrine. This is because the Holy Spirit was empowering those who were called by God to speak on his behalf. Many other wonderful Christian books have been written beginning even in the first Century. While they may be helpful and…

All Scripture is Inspired by God – 2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is inspired by God [that is, “God-breathed”]. (2 Timothy 3:16) Pastor John’s Notes: The Bible was written by people who were called by God to speak on his behalf. In the Old Testament, there were prophets who were chosen at various points in history to convey specific messages to God’s people. God would often say, “Go and say to my people,” and would give the prophet the exact message God wanted the people to hear. In the New…

Continue in What You Have Learned – 2 Timothy 3:14-15

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know those who taught you, and you know that from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 3:14-15) Pastor John’s Notes: Spiritual knowledge is not something we learn once and then file away; we must continue in it. The Bible contains spiritual knowledge. Each time we read, we learn something…

2 Timothy 3:14-17 – Read the Bible

This week we will study the role of the Scriptures in the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ. Jesus knew the Scriptures and referenced them often in his teaching. The apostles also knew the central role that the Scriptures play in the spiritual life of God’s people. Saint Paul wrote to Timothy of the ongoing usefulness of the Scriptures in his life and ministry. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know…

The Motive of the Righteous – John 3:21

But anyone who lives by the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be shown to be accomplished by God.” (John 3:21) Pastor John’s Notes: As followers of Jesus Christ, we want God to get the glory for everything. We have no interest in self-glorification. In fact, we loathe it. In the Christian church, there is room for only one hero, whose name is Jesus, and we happily worship him. No one else can take any credit…

The Motive of the Rebellious – John 3:19

This is the judgment: The light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light and avoids it, so that his deeds may not be exposed. (John 3:19-20) Pastor John’s Notes: So why would anyone choose to reject Jesus after hearing his offer of forgiveness and new life? It is because there is another stronger love that has taken deep root within us.…

The Two Verdicts – John 3:18

Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God. (John 3:18) Pastor John’s Notes: Once we hear of the Good News of Jesus Christ, we have one of two decisions to make: either we will accept him or reject him. He has not left us a third option. Here Jesus also laid out the consequences of…

God’s Purpose – John 3:17

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:17) Pastor John’s Notes: John 3:17 is as important as John 3:16 because it reveals the heart of God. God’s deepest motive is not to condemn us but to save us. Even though we are sinners and often offend God and grieve the Holy Spirit within us, we always have access to God’s deepest motive. God will always…

God’s Promise – John 3:16

For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) Pastor John’s Notes: Eternal life is God’s gift to anyone who believes in Jesus Christ. In the language of the Bible, the word for “belief” is the same word as “faith,” so to believe in Jesus is to put your faith in him, that is, to trust him. This…