Breathed Out by God

2 Timothy 3:14–17

Principle for Bible Reading

When we find lists in the Bible, we should ask how the items in the list relate to one another. In 2 Timothy 3:14–17, Paul says Scripture is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training. Pastor John tries to identify, explain, and differentiate each reason for continuing in the Word.

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Introduction/Prayer (00:00–02:14)

Reasons to Continue in the Word (02:14–05:52)

  1. You know the character of those who shared the truth with you (2 Timothy 3:14), Lois and Eunice (2 Timothy 1:5).
  2. Scripture is able to make you wise for salvation through faith (2 Timothy 3:15).
  3. Scripture is breathed out by God. These words are his words (2 Timothy 3:16).
  4. Scripture is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training (2 Timothy 3:16).
  5. The righteousness that Scripture produces reveals itself in good works (2 Timothy 3:17).

Summary (05:52–10:16)

    The Inspired Bible ⇒
    Life-Changing Teaching or Wisdom ⇒
    Faith in Jesus Christ ⇒
    Good Works ⇒
    Salvation ⇒
    Continue in the Truth

Study Questions

  1. How many reasons do you see for continuing to love and live the Bible in 2 Timothy 3:14–17? What are they?
  2. Look at the list in 2 Timothy 3:16. Are they four different benefits or four ways of saying the same thing? If different, how would you define each?
  3. How do good works relate to faith and salvation in 2 Timothy 3:14–17?
Piper: “Never stop looking at the Book.”