All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Timothy is in a tough situation. He’s a young pastor leading a new church of new believers. Paul wants Timothy to know that Scripture is a tangible place he can go to God for guidance. It is an actual-life manual written by people who were inspired by God himself.
Paul gives Timothy four words to describe the usefulness of Scripture. (1) Teaching and (2) rebuking are about how we think. (3) Correcting and (4) training are about how we live. Words that teach and train give us instruction on the basics of our faith, how to treat each other, who God is and how to live with Jesus as our leader. Words that rebuke and correct tell us where we have turned away from God’s truth, how not to treat each other and set right false assumptions we have about God.
Like Timothy, we need God’s words to guide us and grow us into the life of beauty and goodness for which we were created. Paul says growth in our lives isn’t just for us—and that’s what we will learn in Beyond the Weekend tomorrow.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Listen thoughtfully to the worship song Blessed (Nothing More). Focus on the phrases “you are everything” and ”take this life and give me yours.” Recognize we learn about and practice knowing God from his Word.
2022 BIBLE MEMORY PRACTICE
Develop spiritual roots and tap in the power of God’s word by memorizing monthly a Bible verse! View previous verses at beyondtheweekend.org/biblememorypractice.
Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.