Tuesday, May 1, 2012

What You Really Need To Succeed ('Mentor' Series)

(Notes from fbc ruston and dr craig sunday, april 29)

2 Timothy 3: 10-17 (at bottom)

A perfect standard to live by, is what we need

Often we look at wrong examples and listen to wrong advice. Paul tells Timothy there IS a perfect standard: the Bible.

1. The Bible is Perfect v 15-17
* All scripture is God-breathed ... in His words
* 2 Peter 3:15-16: "people distort scriptures to their own destruction"
* 2 Peter 1:20-21: scripture is not what Paul, Peter etc thought; God superintended the whole process

2. Get Your Nose And Your Heart In It

v. 15 -- scriptures will lead you to heaven
v. 16 -- it's useful/ 'profitable, advantageous"
a. teaching = doctrine assurance
b. rebuking -- shows us what is wrong
c. correcting -- straightens us out
d. training = in the ways of God

The Bible is good for you but Only if it's USED

3. It Will Lead You To Success v 15-17
"thoroughly equipped for every good work" = happiness, peace, contentment

A Final Charge to Timothy

10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.