The Profitable Use Of The Bible — 2 Timothy 3:16

INTRODUCTION

 

God’s word is profitable…so says Paul the apostle:

 

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

 

What is the reason that the Bible is profitable? It is because it is “given by inspiration of God.” What does this mean? Peter explains it clearly:

 

20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Peter 1:20–21)

 

Peter says first, that the scripture is not of “any private interpretation.” It is not the work of ancient people who wrote down their own personal experiences with God. The Bible is not a human book like the ancient works of Socrates or Plato.

 

Instead, God, through his Holy Spirit, directed men like Moses, Isaiah, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Paul to write the very words he wanted written. 

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Endure Hardship By Being An Approved Workman And By Preaching The Word—2 Timothy 2:3-4, 15; 4:2-4

INTRODUCTION

 

On March 16th, 2013 (five years ago last Friday), I received an email that, in part, read:

 

The reason that I am writing is that I will graduate, Lord willing, this May with an M.A. in Pastoral Studies from Bob Jones University. My wife and I are currently seeking God’s will on where we should go/serve after graduation. 

 

For the last year or so we have been involved in our church’s jail ministry…We would really like to pursue a ministry in the future that involves evangelism and discipleship…

 

Right now I feel that I need more experience and wisdom. I would really just like to serve along side someone else. Do you know of any ministry opportunities in your area?

 

A couple weeks later I was able to respond:

 

The deacons and I have talked about the possibility of bringing you on staff here for a year or two or three (depending on how long you need)…everyone is very positive about the idea.

 

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