StoneBridge Community Church
All Scripture is God-Breathed (2 Timothy 3.16-17)
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
Locations & Times
  • StoneBridge Campus
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    Sunday 12:00 PM

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Attr. to Valentin de Boulogne, Saint Paul Writing His Epistles (detail)

Todays Text in Context: 2 Timothy 3

Bob Utley, "2 Timothy 3" from the series Paul's Fourth Missionary Journey: 1 Timothy, Titus, and 2 Timothy.

Opposing False Teachers

1 Timothy 1 Commentary "Opposing False Teachers" IVP New Testament Commentary, Intervarsity Press.
1. The Bible reveals…
1. The Bible reveals our need for salvation and points us to Jesus, the one who brings it.

Francisco de Zurbarán, "Agnus Dei" (1635–40)

Seeing Christ in All of Scripture

Seeing Christ in All of Scripture: Hermeneutics at Westminster Theological Seminary, edited by Peter A. Lillback with contributions from Poythress, Duguid, Beale, and Gaffin, Westminster Theological Seminary. Complete book in pdf format.
For reflection/discussion
What can we know about God from "general revelation" (that is, through nature)? What do we learn about God from the Old and New Testaments that we can't know from nature? When Paul refers to the "Holy Scriptures" in 2 Timothy 3.15, what exactly is he referring to? In what ways does the Old Testament point to and prepare us for Jesus? How does Jesus help us understand the Old Testament?
2. The Bible is…
2. The Bible is the God-breathed, living Word of God.

Inspiration of Scripture

Donald R. Potts, "Inspiration of Scripture" Holman Bible Dictionary, Trent C. Butler, editor. Published by Broadman & Holman, 1991.
The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles, rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture, [and] engages us through the Word proclaimed…" A Brief Statement of Faith
For reflection/discussion
The word translated God-breathed in 2 Timothy 3.16 is a word that seems to have been invented by the Apostle Paul. It is sometimes translated by the English word inspired. What do most people mean when they say that an author, composer, performer, or athlete was "inspired"? Is this what Paul means and, if not, how is it different? What point is Paul making when he calls scripture God-breathed? Have you ever felt that God was speaking to you directly, when you were reading the Bible, in a Bible Study group, or hearing a message in church? In what way does that experience confirm that the Bible is the "God-breathed, living Word of God?"
3. The Bible offers…
3. The Bible offers us practical help in how to think and live as Christians
For reflection/ discussion
Use the following questions, based on 2 Timothy 3.16-17, as a way of better understanding and applying what you read in the Bible: (1) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching. As I read a passage, what does God want me to know and believe? (2) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for rebuking. As I read a passage, what mistaken beliefs or errors in understanding does God want to challenge and set right? (3) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for correcting. As I read a passage, what habits or behaviors does God want me to change? (4) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for training in righteousness so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. As I read a passage, how does it contribute to my spiritual maturity and equip me to serve God and others?
Where do I start?
1. Get a modern translation that you can understand.
2. Start with the New Testament (The Gospel of John).
3. Listen to an audio version of the Bible (but become a Bible reader).
4. Pick up a good Study Bible (ESV, NIV, or NLT Study Bible).
5. Sign up for the ALPHA Course.
6. Join a Growth Group in September.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for correcting. As I read a passage, what behavior does God want me to change?

Unlock the Riches of Scripture

John Piper, "Unlock the Riches of Scripture" Desiring God, July 25, 2017.

5 Ways to Read the Bible for Personal Application

Joe Carter, "5 Ways to Read the Bible for Personal Application" The Gospel Coalition, June 7, 2016.

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