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“Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.  By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.”  2 Timothy 1:13-14 ESV

Timothy is given two very specific instructions by his mentor and teacher, the apostle Paul.  Follow and guard.

"Follow the pattern of sound words..." which implies that even at this early juncture, there are unsound words that already exist within the Christian Faith.  (Wherever there is truth, the adversary's deception seeks to rear its unfruitful head.)

Sound words are truth-bearing words.

They are thoughts and ideas that emerge from the teachings of Jesus which are in turn thrust into the hearts of the apostles.  These divine instructions  are then eventually sown
into the hearts and minds of successive generations – such as Timothy and his listeners.  Interesting that Paul does not encourage Timothy to be innovative or inventive with these teachings in order to reach the more modern, "next generation."  His instruction is simply to follow – which of course implies knowing.

So, there are actually three imperatives found within this instruction of Paul's.  Two are spoken and one is implied.

• Know sacred scripture, possess them, and be changed by their piercing truth.
• Follow, daily live, these sacred teachings imparted by the apostle.
• Lastly, guard these sacred scriptures so that the investment deposited within your life will have not been in vain.

Others benefit from the pattern of your Christian walk, in as much as you are found faithful in living out these divine instructions.

– Dale

 

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You are invited to join us for Sunday Morning Bible Study at 9:30 a.m.  We offer classes for all ages.  There is something for everyone!

 

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Adult Wednesday

Bible Study


WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW

CAN HURT YOU!


6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Come join us Wednesday evenings as we look at this truth by discovering: “What Every Christian Ought to Know.”   We will worship, pray and study from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in our old chapel.  Bring a friend!   (There are youth and children’s activities also.)

 

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