07.14.19 AM – Bible Class by Mark Day – Romans Lesson 2 – The Power of God
Romans 1:14-17, 15:15-19, 16:25-27
In most secular jobs, everything is judged by the fulfillment of responsibilities. This is how the world operates because it thrives on getting the job done. When it comes to spiritual things, how can one know the job is getting done? Christ taught that those who did the Father’s will would enter into heaven (Matt. 7:21). Christ gave the Great Commission to His disciples because it was the Father’s will (Matt. 28:18-20). Evangelism was vital to the growth of the Church in the first century and Christians took Christ with them everywhere (Acts 8:1-5). The question presented in this article is what happened to the Church’s zeal regarding evangelism? Responsibilities play a key part in our everyday lives, but are we remembering our spiritual responsibilities in Christ?
Paul started by sharing with Timothy where the authority of his message came from. This message was not coming from his own thoughts, but from God and Christ (2 Tim. 4:1). If Paul, an apostle, did not preach his own thoughts and feelings to the first century; why do many feel it is acceptable today? When Christians are out evangelizing the Gospel of Christ, let them make sure that they speak as an oracle of God (1 Pet. 4:11).
Beginning his charge to Timothy, Paul declared that he must firmly preach God’s word to those who would listen (2 Tim. 4:2-4). One should be preaching the word any time there is opportunity to do so. Whether a person is at Walmart, work, or out in the welding shed; Christ should be on the tip of their tongue. Paul then focused on how we are to evangelize within our communities. Paul told Timothy, “Convince, rebuke, exhort” (2 Tim. 4:2b). As a faithful Christian we must be able to do all three. We must convince others of the faith we have in Christ. Convincing people of Christ’s deity, death, and resurrection was of the utmost importance to Peter during his sermon on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2). If we cannot convince others, it shows a lack of knowledge/effort on our part. Christians must also be able to rebuke others in kindness. Paul openly rebuked Peter when he would not eat with the Gentiles, but this did not ruin their relationship (Gal. 2:11-14; 2 Pet. 3:16-17). If Christians are to be equipped with armor that can withstand the devil, why can we not withstand a little criticism from our Christian family aimed at helping us in our spiritual walk (Eph. 6:11)? Paul’s final point to Timothy was to exhort one another. Exhortation must be a focus of the church inwardly and outwardly (Heb. 3:12-14, 1 Thess. 2:11, 5:11). Christians must build each other up so they can focus on building others on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ.
We are to convince, rebuke, and exhort with all longsuffering and teaching, meaning the job of evangelism does not stop with baptism (2 Tim. 4:2c). Time and effort must be given to building up newborn Christians in the faith. Notice that Jesus told His disciples that they were to baptize and then teach them to observe all things (Matt. 28:19-20). Many people’s idea of evangelism is baptizing people, then moving on to the next location. We have to continue helping new converts with all longsuffering and teaching, otherwise they will fall away and we will have failed in our evangelism.
Paul wrote in Galatians, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (6:10). Every person you come into contact with presents an opportunity to lead them to Christ. Will you answer the responsibility of evangelism or continue to neglect it? If we do not attempt to reach those lost in the world, those who teach false doctrine will take our place (2 Tim. 4:3-4). It is our duty to evangelize, can the Lord count on you?
08.14.19 WED – Brandon Foresha – Are You Fishing?
08.11.19 PM – David Trimble – The Talents
The Bible is a library of books given by God. God used human writers to produce the Bible, but God Himself is the author. The apostle Paul encouraged his younger comrade in the faith to, “continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:14-17). The word translated “scripture” in verse 16 of our English text is the Greek word graphe; it refers to that which is written down. Several English words—such as autograph, biography, graphite, etc.—that connote the concept of writing have graphe as their origin. While in former times God communicated to man in various ways such as dreams, visions, prophetic utterances (Hebrews 1:1), it is the written message under consideration here by use of the word graphe. If we are going to know the will of God and spiritual truths that are essential to our salvation, we must go to what is written in the Bible. We are not going to simply wake up one day and intuitively know God’s will. We must read so that we can understand (Ephesians 3:4).
The phrase translated “inspiration of God” in 2 Timothy 3:16 is from theopneustos in the Greek; referring to “expiration” (Bauer 449-450). The exhalation of God’s breath was the means by which all scripture was given. While one may have ideas without expressing them, the vehicle of expression for those ideas must be words. Paul wrote, “or what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual” (1 Corinthians 2:11-13). God breathed the words of scripture. He did not merely give rough ideas to the writers of the Bible and let them run with them elaborating and editing as they saw fit. The scriptures are the words that Holy Spirit gave to the biblical writers. David said, “The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue” (2 Samuel 23:2).
Thus, when we approach the Bible as readers, we must keep in mind that God is the ultimate author of the words. Different humans may have been used as His instruments and their various situations, cultures and vocabularies may have been employed to communicate the message, but it is still God’s message given in the words He has selected. So, do not come to the Bible to set the various writers at odds with one another or with this dismissive treatment of saying things like, “Well, that’s just what Paul thought and he was sexist.” No. God gave each writer the words of His message. If we have an issue with what is written, then our issue is with God, the author.