Browsing articles tagged with " 2 Timothy"
Aug 29, 2011

24/7 missionary

In today’s passage, Timothy is exhorted to insist on proclaiming the Good News “whether the time is right or not” (4:2). Are there some times that are better than others for sharing the good news of Christ? How do you go about sharing your faith with others? When is it important to speak up in faith? When might your actions “preach” better than words?

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Aug 28, 2011

The Inspiration of Scripture

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living,” (2 Timothy 3:16)
The “Scripture” being referred to would be the books of the Old Testament. The passage probably does not refer to the Old Testament as a completed collection (a “canon”), since the canonization of the Old Testament was not yet firm for Christians by the end of the first century C.E., although it might well have been for Jews. Nevertheless, the passage shows that an authoritative scriptural tradition was well underway by the time that 2 Timothy was written. The false teachers of the era may not have regarded the Old Testament books as authoritative. “Inspiration” here means, that texts can be inspirational for people to change their ways:
“so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed.” (verse 17)
(via Enter the Bible)

Aug 27, 2011

God is faithful

According to this ancient hymn God is faithful when we are not:
“If we are not faithful, he remains faithful, because he cannot be false to himself.”

Aug 26, 2011

Mothers of Faith

Religion has always been a woman thing. Guys have never really paid much attention to church stuff. Judaism to this days is passed down the generations of the maternal line. The second letter to Timothy even invokes the faith of mother and grandmother as examples: “I remember the sincere faith you have, the kind of faith that your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice also had. I am sure that you have it also.”