Grace and Truth in the Local Church - South Jordan
2 Timothy 2:14-26 Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness." 20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. 21 If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. 22 Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
DEFINITION: Toxic = anything containing poisonous material capable of causing sickness or even death.
THINK ABOUT IT: A little bit of POISON goes a long way. (2 Timothy 2:17)
QUESTION: Can we agree to disagree when it comes to the Gospel? (2 Timothy 2:18)
- Consider this: Jesus was TRUTH not OPINION. (John 14:6)
- Consider this: WE CAN’T change truth but TRUTH CAN change us. (John 17:17)
CAUTION! …WHEN HANDLING THE WORD OF TRUTH (2 Timothy 2:14,16, 22-24)
- Avoid toxic WORDS. (Proverbs 18:21, 12:18, 15:4, 4:20,23, Ephesians 4:29, Matthew 12:34-37)
- Avoid toxic RELATIONSHIPS. (1 Corinthians 15:33, Matthew 16:23, Acts 15)
- Avoid toxic INFLUENCES. (1 Corinthians 5:6-7, Romans 12:2, 1 Corinthians 6:12, 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22)
GOING FORWARD… SELF CHECK UP QUESTIONS
- Am I being pleased by sin?
- Is this pleasing to God?
- Does this lure me away from Christ?
KEY TRUTH: How I handle the Gospel is a reflection of my understanding of the Gospel. (2 Timothy 2:24-26, John 1:14)
- In the message it was said, “A little bit of poison goes a long way.” How have you experienced that in your own life?
- Read 2 Timothy 2:14-26. What was the poison that Paul addressed with Timothy? How did it come about?
- What cautions did Paul present to Timothy for handling the Gospel?
- Discuss the self-check up questions listed in the bulletin. Looking at these questions can you identify any toxic tendencies in your own life that might be hindering your ability to embrace the Gospel and be empowered to share it with others?
- Read John 1:14. Discuss some of the necessary components of a gospel-oriented conversation with someone that disagrees with you.