This week will be continuing our 2 Timothy series, picking up in Chapter 2 verse 2 –
“And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
We believe that while the Bible is the authorative and inerrant Word of God and is also the way in which God has chosen to reveal himself to us, that we are not suppose to just throw an ESV Study Bible at our classmate and say “Go get ’em champ! We’ll talk when you know your 5 points to Calvinism!” No, the Bible was never meant to be read and studied just by ourselves. Scripture teaches that we are to be discipled by wise, godly Christians, to learn the gospel from them and then to teach it to others (rinse, lather, repeat). This lines up with two of our “identities” as followers of Jesus – learners and missionaries.
However equally as important as it is to learn and teach, is what you learn and what you teach!
I can not tell you how many times I have heard someone who grown up in a christian home, gone to a christian school, or sat in church on Sunday mornings and listened to literally hundreds of sermons in their lifetime begin to give their friends unbiblical or incomplete counsel, such as –
- “God helps those who help themselves”
- “Just follow your heart”
- “If somebody hurts you, you deserve to get even”
- “You can’t help it – it’s just how you were raised”
- “Got must be punishing you for your sin”
- “Just trust, God will provide” (trust what exactly? provide what exactly?!)
- “Jesus is the answer” (yes, but how?!?!)
- Or my personal favorite … “You gotta get yours son”
One of my biggest frustrations/fears/sorrows as a pastor is how many people who call themselves Christians, and have “learned” about God for years, cannot articulate the gospel and do not know biblical truths. If part of our identity in Christ is to be “missionaries”, how can we faithfully do that if we have not lived up to our identity as “learners”?
That being said, one of my biggest joys as a pastor is thinking about the many people in VI who have learned the gospel and can teach it to others. The reason we talk about the gospel every week at VI (other then the main reason – that it is foundation for everything) is so that hopefully it will burned so far into our brains that we will never forget it.
This Thursday, be prepared to put together an account of “what you have heard” from Paul and the other authors of scripture. We will be doing this as a collaborative effort with our living rooms. I hope this will be a great way to work together as “family” (another of our identities) to better learn about God’s amazing plan for his creation.