2 Timothy 3:14-4:8
14 But as for you, z continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom 1 you learned it 15 and how a from childhood you have been acquainted with b the sacred writings, c which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 d All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that e the man of God 1 may be complete, f equipped g for every good work. Preach the Word 4 1 h I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, i who is to judge the living and the dead, and by j his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; k reprove, rebuke, and l exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 m For the time is coming when people will not endure n sound 1 teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and o will turn away from listening to the truth and p wander off into myths. 5 As for you, q always be sober-minded, r endure suffering, do the work of s an evangelist, t fulfill your ministry. 6 For u I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my v departure has come. 7 w I have fought the good fight, x I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is y laid up for me z the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, a the righteous judge, will award to me on b that Day, and not only to me but also to all c who have loved his appearing.
2 Timothy 3:14-4:8
14 Σὺ δὲ μένε ἐν οἷς ἔμαθες καὶ ἐπιστώθης, εἰδὼς παρὰ τίνων ἔμαθες, 15 καὶ ὅτι ἀπὸ βρέφους [τὰ] ἱερὰ γράμματα οἶδας, τὰ δυνάμενά σε σοφίσαι εἰς σωτηρίαν διὰ πίστεως τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ. 16 πᾶσα γραφὴ θεόπνευστος καὶ ὠφέλιμος πρὸς διδασκαλίαν, πρὸς ἐλεγμόν, πρὸς ἐπανόρθωσιν, πρὸς παιδείαν τὴν ἐν δικαιοσύνῃ, 17 ἵνα ἄρτιος ᾖ ὁ τοῦ θεοῦ ἄνθρωπος, πρὸς πᾶν ἔργον ἀγαθὸν ἐξηρτισμένος. 4 1 Διαμαρτύρομαι ἐνώπιον τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ τοῦ μέλλοντος κρίνειν ζῶντας καὶ νεκρούς, καὶ τὴν ἐπιφάνειαν αὐτοῦ καὶ τὴν βασιλείαν αὐτοῦ• 2 κήρυξον τὸν λόγον, ἐπίστηθι εὐκαίρως ἀκαίρως, ἔλεγξον, ἐπιτίμησον, παρακάλεσον, ἐν πάσῃ μακροθυμίᾳ καὶ διδαχῇ. 3 Ἔσται γὰρ καιρὸς ὅτε τῆς ὑγιαινούσης διδασκαλίας οὐκ ἀνέξονται ἀλλὰ κατὰ τὰς ἰδίας ἐπιθυμίας ἑαυτοῖς ἐπισωρεύσουσιν διδασκάλους κνηθόμενοι τὴν ἀκοὴν 4 καὶ ἀπὸ μὲν τῆς ἀληθείας τὴν ἀκοὴν ἀποστρέψουσιν, ἐπὶ δὲ τοὺς μύθους ἐκτραπήσονται. 5 Σὺ δὲ νῆφε ἐν πᾶσιν, κακοπάθησον, ἔργον ποίησον εὐαγγελιστοῦ, τὴν διακονίαν σου πληροφόρησον. 6 Ἐγὼ γὰρ ἤδη σπένδομαι, καὶ ὁ καιρὸς τῆς ἀναλύσεώς μου ἐφέστηκεν. 7 τὸν καλὸν ἀγῶνα ἠγώνισμαι, τὸν δρόμον τετέλεκα, τὴν πίστιν τετήρηκα• 8 λοιπὸν ἀπόκειταί μοι ὁ τῆς δικαιοσύνης στέφανος, ὃν ἀποδώσει μοι ὁ κύριος ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ, ὁ δίκαιος κριτής, οὐ μόνον δὲ ἐμοὶ ἀλλὰ καὶ πᾶσιν τοῖς ἠγαπηκόσιν τὴν ἐπιφάνειαν αὐτοῦ.
Sola Scriptura Introduction a) What we're doing in this mini-series b) Brief overview of the reformation. Why 1517 was considered the start; why Luther was nailing those theses in the first place, what no. 1 was. c) Resources: Reeves lectures Reeves & Chester book Reformation Theology book - review highlights Reformation 500 Conference A mighty fortress is our God For some, the reformation is a tribalism badge of honour. The good guys are like gods, quote them at will. For others, the reformation is suspect; look at all the division since. And the ignorance of Eastern/global church. Bound up with a disrespect for history/tradition. So many awful misconceptions, like there are about Puritanism. E.g., Calvin didn't 'rule' Geneva. No one wanted splits, they were kicked out. It wasn't theocracy, but a call to reform legitimate civic government. These men were wonderful pastors first and foremost, etc. There were different reformations; English, German, Swiss, Genevan/French, Scottish. And actually not anywhere else. cf Spain, Italy - A29 churches viewed with great suspicion in post-catholic lens. 1. The Word of God alone has supreme authority v15 sacred writings v16 breathed out by God Application : FCF: Why this is a big deal. You can really only get authority from Tradition/teacher. Or now, consensus/conformity. Social media / BBC, etc. Reason (self). Enlightenment and post-enlightenment. Experience (self). Romanticism. The most pernicious forms are the subtle both/and approaches. When it comes to the crunch, which wins? That's the authority. Print LBCF chapters 1.1-10 NB - it wasn't a revolution, where old forms and traditions were put to death and eliminated. Rather, it was a reforming of everything under the Word of God. E.g., taking Augustinian understanding of grace, but not of church authority. 2. The Word of God alone is sufficient for salvation and every good work v15 wise for salvation - more on this next week v16 profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, training in righteousness v17 complete, equipped for every good work 4.1 incredibly weighty charge to...preach the word The Scriptures give us Jesus, who reveals and relates God himself. In Christ we are sufficient for every good work, created beforehand in Christ Jesus to walk in them. Application -Above all, an attitude to the Word -Personal reading and reflection -Families -Public life -Church life -Bible memory -Biblical languages -Joined up view of all of life, seamless garment. cf pietism or dualism. -Core vision for a tcc building is...more word ministry! 3. We must endure in the Word of God v14 continue 4.2 in season and out of season 4.3 since people won't endure it v5 in contrast, be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry. v6-8 example of Paul (and others, from the reformation) As we remain in the Word, we remain in Christ, and we endure. Application: the sober warning of history is that churches directly downstream of the reformers haven't endured in the Word of God (eg URC, Anglican, Presbyterian versions, Baptists, etc) Conclusion