Thursday, September 29, 2016

Grow from the Doctrine You have Heard, Part 1

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Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:13
Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.

Insights: Today and tomorrow we will be looking at how we grow from the doctrines we have studied and heard. In today's verse we see Paul telling Timothy to retain the standard. This standard is the Bible. In other words, God has given us His Word and we adhere to it. As we adhere to this Word we are indeed retaining the standard. The only way we can know the standard is by reading the Bible. Beloved, let me challenge you to spend time daily in God's Word. The more time you invest in the Bible, the more you will know the Father. The second aspect to this growing from the doctrines we have studied and heard is actually listen to preaching. Paul told Timothy to retain the standard of words which he had heard from Paul. We in the 21st century are some of the most fortunate individuals of all time. The reason we are so fortunate is because of technology. Every week there are literally hundreds of thousands of sermons uploaded onto the Internet. As a result, we can literally be fed from godly men and women every day. I personally listen to Alastair Begg every single day Monday through Friday. His words inspire me and challenge me, and I hope I am a better Christian as a result of his teaching. Beloved, let me encourage you to also listen to godly preaching on the radio, or through podcasts, or actually in worship services. There is no excuse to not be hearing solid biblical exposition in our modern day technological society. My prayer is your faith will indeed grow as you learn the doctrines from the Scriptures. May there truly be godly men and women in your life to speak words of truth to you from the Scriptures. I then pray you will also be one who speaks words of life into other people. May God be brought glory because of your faithfulness.

1. Do you daily spend time in the Bible?
2. How often do you listen to solid biblical exposition of the Bible?

Prayer: Father, thank You for giving me Your Word, the Bible.  Thank You for equipping so many godly men and women who have preached the Bible in such a fashion as to help me understand Your Word even better.  May I be found faithful to Your Word and as a communicator for Your glory.  Amen.

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