- 2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5 A Dependable Guide (Donovan)
If we know the Bible, it has great power to help us when we need help the most. It can help us through every crisis--if we know it. If we don't know it, it is like gold buried under the beach. We can't spend gold until we find it and dig it up. We can't use the Bible to help us through difficult times until we open its pages and learn what it says.
- 2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5 Skygods (Donovan)
Our conscience—our intuition—is only as trustworthy as its training. People do terrible things without a bad conscience, because they have not learned the difference between right and wrong—good and evil. An untrained conscience is not a trustworthy monitor. An untrained intuition is not a trustworthy guide.
- 2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5 Listen to Him (McLarty)
Timothy is what we hope for our children today – that from the earliest days of childhood, they'll know themselves to be children of God. Horace Bushnell, a 19th Century Congregational minister said it best: "A child should grow up as a Christian and never know himself as otherwise."
- 2 Timothy 3:14 – 4-5 The Authority of Scripture (McLarty)
The point of Bible study is not for you to collect pearls of wisdom to savor and enjoy, but to "preach the word, in season and out." It's not to make you a saint, but to equip you to "do the work of an evangelist and so fulfill your ministry."