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May 16, 2017, 10:48 AM

May 17, 2017

“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

     Are we thoroughly equipped to carry out good works?  How do we prepare ourselves to be a thoroughly equipped Christian?  In many ways, we are being out-argued because we are not taking the time to prepare.  Many Christians are giving in to the current culture because they are ill prepared to discuss issues.  How do we become prepared?  How do we become thoroughly equipped?  We must engage the Bible.  The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to a lost world.  The Bible reveals God’s only plan to save mankind.  The Bible shows us the way to live and influence others with the Good News of Jesus.  The sad truth is that Christians are having little impact on reaching others with the Gospel.

     What if you heard these words from your child or from another Christian: “I just don’t believe what you believe anymore”?  The truth is, we are hearing similar comments from younger generations all the time.  Although many of these grew up in Christian homes, attended church regularly and were very active participants in their youth group, they are now struggling with answers to many cultural issues.  Why?  They have never been fully and thoroughly equipped to be in a real battle.  The passage above reveals to us the importance of knowing the Bible, not just reading it.  The Bible is vital for teaching us the truth about God and His desire for us to live to honor Him.  The Bible is our reference for decisions we make as we live in a very chaotic world.

     The Bible is also useful for rebuking.  As we read and study God’s Word, we become aware of sin.  We become aware of those things which are contrary to the ways of God.  When we are made aware of wrongdoing, the Bible offers us the solution to be in relationship with God through Christ (for those who are lost) or back in right fellowship with God (for Christians).  We must recognize the wrong, confess it before God and ask for His forgiveness.  As we spend time in God’s Word (not just in books about God’s Word), the Holy Spirit guides us to fulfill God’s purpose and face difficult situations.  Without this proper training, we are tempted to accept the subtle inconsistencies that the enemy puts forth among a culture without Christ.  Emotional experiences are wonderful as we worship God together, but we cannot depend solely on emotion as we battle the enemy.   We must crave God’s Word and spend time studying so that we are thoroughly equipped for every good work which includes giving insight to a lost and confused world.    May you experience a blessed and prosperous week as you fully engage God’s Word.

                                                                                                We love you,

                                                                                                Brad and Virginia


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