Today’s passage: 2 Timothy 2:14-19
- The faithful saying of verses 11-13 was not just for Paul and Timothy, but for all of us (Verse 14, “Remind them of these things.”)
- Doctrine matters. Bad doctrine upsets the faith of God’s people. Good doctrine (Which results from rightly handling the truth) produces workers who have no need to be ashamed.
- When false teaching is going on, God and His elect will remain faithful (Verse 19).
Questions to consider:
- Based on what we have been reading, what kinds of issues are worth the argument and what kind of issues aren’t in the church? What is the difference between quarreling about words and defending the faith?
- What does Paul compare the spread of irreverent and incorrect teaching and debating (Verse 17)? Is the spread of gangrene pleasant or repulsive? How can our church be a “sweet smelling savor” to the Lord and our other believers? (2 Corinthians 2:14-17)
- The existence of false teaching should add to our motivation to study and know God’s Word, but it should cause us to fear, why not? Why can we have assurance and confidence in the success of the ministry of the truth of God’s Word?