Timothy II 3: 10-17
Now you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, and my suffering the things that happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. What persecutions I endured! Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. Indeed, all who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But wicked people and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and is* useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.
While it is unclear whether the Apostle Paul actually wrote the Letters to Timothy in the New Testament (the vocabulary and syntax are very different from Paul’s), in any case, the letters purport to be from the elder missionary (Paul) to his young protege (Timothy). They are full of practical advice and admonitions. Timothy’s father was Jewish, and his mother was a Greek who had converted to Christianity. So, Timothy had learned of the Christian faith from his mother. Paul refers to this in today’s passage (“. . . continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from who you learned it . .. “). This passage speaks of the importance of the Scriptures which makes it an appropriate reading for this Sunday when, at Plymouth, we will give Bibles to our second graders. Some questions:
- Where and from whom did you learn the Bible stories?
- What role does the Bible play in your life today?
- Is the Bible the “Word of God?” If so, in what way is that true?
In this space, I invite any reflections or stories you have about the Bible, what it means to you, and the role it plays at Plymouth Church.
Rev. Dr. James Gertmenian