2 Timothy 3:10-15
Talks for Growing Christians
Persecutions and False Teaching will Continue, But God is in Control
2 Timothy 3:10-15
Lesson Number 14
- The Bible does not teach a prosperity gospel.
- The Bible is God’s S.O.P. for man’s salvation.
- Can we say, “Follow my example”?
- Let’s not forget our Christian heritage.
- List the characteristics of Paul’s ministry as contrasted to those of false teachers.
- In which portion of Scripture are the characteristics of false teachers found?
- Where can you read about the persecutions Paul endured at Antioch, Iconium and Lystra?
- What is the “prosperity gospel”? Does the Bible teach this?
- How can a Christian avoid persecution?
- What does S.O.P. stand for? Give an example of how this is applied biblically.
- Doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions
- 2 Timothy 3:6-9
- Acts 13 and 14 and 2 Corinthians 11:23-38
- It is the idea that God expects you to be prosperous, and to have few problems and no persecution. The Bible definitely does not teach this. See Acts 14:22 and John 16:33.
- By being a secret Christian and hiding his faith
- S.O.P. means Standard Operating Procedure. For any job or mission, S.O.P. gives you all of the regulations and requirements for that mission. The Bible is God’s S.O.P. for man’s salvation. A biblical example is given in 2 Timothy 3:15.
- Can you discern the difference between true teachers and false teachers, and between true doctrine and false teaching? This is vital to your spiritual health and growth. Re-read the contrasts between true teachers and their teaching (2 Timothy 3:10-11) and false teachers and their teaching (2 Timothy 3.6-9).
- Are you aware of the preaching of a prosperity gospel? How do you respond to it such a “gospel”? What is the biblical view?
- Is there a Paul in your life (someone whose teaching you can trust, and someone you can follow as an example)? Are you a Paul to someone? Have you shown appreciation to those who have been responsible for your Christian heritage?
- “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12
- “Continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of.” 2 Timothy 3:14
- “From childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:15