Memory Verse: "So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter." 2 Thessalonians 2:15
Scripture Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:11-15
- The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament: 39 books
- The New Testament: 27 books
- Apostolic: written by or tied closely to an apostle (an authorized eyewitness of Jesus).
- Catholic: widely, if not universally, recognized by the churches. (Just a reminder: the term “catholic” means “universal” so our use here should not be confused with the way it’s used to identify various strains of Christianity (e.g. The Roman Catholic Church).
- Orthodox: not in contradiction to any recognized apostolic book or doctrine
- Through Teaching and Preaching
- Teaching can be oral or written.
- With fidelity to the past! 1 Corinthians 15:3
- With Priority! 1 Corinthians 15:3
- In order for teaching to occur, learning must also occur.
5. Why should the Bible be received? Verse 13
- Belief in the word of the gospel is the means of salvation! 1 Corinthians 15:2
- Belief in the Truth is part of God’s sanctification of the saved!
- Rejection of the Truth is connected to delighting in wickedness. The result of those twin sins is God’s sending of a delusion that enables the belief in a lie and condemnation.
“Points for Trying?” - 2 Timothy 3:14-17
- Reject “Other books of Scripture”: There are no other Authoritative books! Not the Koran, Book of Mormon, writings of Ellen White, no Lost Books!
- Renew your efforts at study! Read, memorize, reflect, research
- Repent of laxness in Teaching!