Resources For Studying 2 Timothy

We desire to be a place where we can gather to encounter the person of Jesus through the transforming study of His Word, and to that end the vast majority of our sermons are verse-by-verse studies through whole books of the Bible. Last Sunday we began a seven week study of the book of 2 Timothy, and in order to glean as much from this amazing book as possible we want to share some additional resources. Our ultimate authority should always be the written Word of God, but secondary literature can help to expand our knowledge and understanding of what was written. This will fuel our love of the Bible when we devote time to comprehend it better. Below is a compiled list of resources about the book of 2 Timothy.

  • As an overview of the book of 2 Timothy, The Bible Project has a great video, you can watch here.
  • Additionally, Nancy Guthrie talks with John Currie about how to teach the book of 2 Timothy in a podcast interview. She also provides additional written resources on 2 Timothy.
  • John Stott wrote an amazing commentary on 2 Timothy and I would highly encourage you to spend some time reading it! You can purchase it here

Let’s all be in prayer for our church that this study would be used by the Holy Spirit to grow our affection for God and His Word, and enable us to better proclaim His truth to our neighbors!

Resources for Studying Malachi

We desire to be a place where we can gather to encounter the person of Jesus through the transforming study of His Word, and to that end the vast majority of our sermons are verse-by-verse studies through whole books of the Bible. On May 19th we will begin a seven week study of the book of Malachi, and in order to glean as much from this amazing book as possible we want to share some additional resources. Our ultimate authority should always be the written Word of God, the Bible, but secondary literature can help to expand our knowledge and understanding of what was written. This will fuel our love of the Bible when we devote time to comprehend it better. Below is a compiled list of secondary literature about the book of Malachi that speaks to this fascinating prophetic book.

  • As an overview of the book of Malachi, The Bible Project has a great video, you can watch here.
  • Additionally, Nancy Guthrie talks with Lee Gatiss about how to teach the book of Malachi in a podcast interview. She also provides additional audio and written resources on Malachi.
  • Peter Adam wrote an amazing commentary on Malachi and I would highly encourage you to spend some time reading it! You can purchase it here.

Let’s all be in prayer for our church that this study would be used by the Holy Spirit to grow our affection for God and His Word, and enable us to better proclaim His truth to our neighbors!

Can I Lose My Salvation?

This past Sunday we discussed the controversial topic of whether or not a Christian can lose their salvation. This topic has been controversial enough in the history of the church that I thought it may be helpful to reiterate some thoughts on the subject here.  First, however, whenever we discuss an issue that godly Christians disagree on it’s always helpful to clarify that, while important, our answer to this question does not determine our standing before God.  Even if someone thinks we can walk away from our salvation (something I disagree with), we should still agree that that salvation comes from faith in the atoning work of Jesus and resting in His grace, not earning His favor.

However, that summary of the Gospel is a good place to start this discussion.  The precise reason why I have a problem with the idea of a Christian apostatizing (losing their salvation) is because it places the emphasis on the wrong person. Even asking what can I do to lose my salvation shows a poor understanding of the Gospel’s message that we are saved based on what Jesus has done for us. If salvation were based off of us doing enough good things to earn God’s love then certainly we could do enough bad things to lose His love. Or to give a more nuanced explanation, if salvation were based off of me choosing Jesus, certainly I could also choose apostasy as well.  As the verses below should clarify, though, the beauty of the Gospel is seen in that while we were still sinners Jesus died for us (Romans 5:8), or even more poignantly, while we were dead in our sins God chose us for salvation (Ephesians 1:4, 2:5).

As we saw on Sunday, the passage of Hebrews that is often used to argue that Christians can lose their salvation in fact teaches nothing of the kind (Hebrews 5:11-6:12).  Rather, it warns us that being a part of a local church or claiming a religious affiliation does not mean we have submitted ourselves to the lordship of Jesus.  A discussion of eternal security (the doctrine that states true Christians will not apostatize) should not bring apathy or passivity with our faith, rather it should cause us to ask ourselves if we have truly submitted our lives to Jesus or are we merely playing with religion?  If we have truly been transformed by the Gospel and have put our faith in Jesus then we should not fret or be anxious about losing our salvation, but instead rest in the loving grip of our Savior.

So, I’d encourage you to spend some time reflecting on these passages of Scripture. Not as “proof-texts” to align with a theological agenda, but as affirmations that our confidence in salvation rests not in our ability to persevere, but in God’s promise to preserve His children.

Jn. 6:37-40,
All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day (Is Jesus prone to losing things? Absolutely not! So rest in His grip).

Jn. 10:27-29,
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. (No one can cause us to lose our salvation, and “no one” includes you, is your will stronger than God’s grip?)

Jn 17:24,
Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world (Hebrews has shown us Jesus, as our priest, is interceding in heaven on our behalf. Will our High Priest’s prayer go unanswered?).

Rom. 8:29-31,
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us (The same number chosen by God will also reach the end state of glorification, so we should rest in His favor)?

Rom 8:38-39,
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (If nothing can separate us from His love nothing can separate us from His salvation).

Phil 1:6,
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (Does God quit before the job is done? If He saved you He will continue to work in you).

2 Thess. 3:3,
But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one (Did He let His guard down and let Satan slip in with out Jesus noticing? Of course not!).

Heb. 13:5b,
for he has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you (Did God change His mind?).

1 Pet 1:3-5,
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (God is protecting your salvation in heaven, surely He will sustain our salvation here on earth).

1 Jn. 2:19,
They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us (When someone does walk away from the church it is a sign that they were never truly a Christian, not that they lost their salvation).

Jude 21, 24-25,
Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life…Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen (His worthiness of praise is tied to His ability to protect us in salvation, if we can lose salvation He isn’t worthy of praise).

Sola Scriptura: Definitions and Bible References

Last week we kicked off our study on the doctrines of the Reformation with the topic of Sola Scriptura, or Scripture Alone. We saw that as humans we all appeal to an ultimate authority for our understanding of what truth is, therefore our task is to make sure we are appealing to the correct authority! Some of the different authorities Christians submit to include:

  • Institutional Authority: Those in power have the ability to define truth.
  • Individual Autonomy: No one except the individual has the ability to define truth.
  • Hopeless Agnosticism: Truth may indeed exist, but we have no way of knowing for sure what it is.

The Roman Catholic Church has historically appealed to their institutional authority as the ultimate arbiter of truth, while modern evangelicals have often wrongly interpreted Sola Scriptura to be a license for individual autonomy (Often seen with the refrain, “Me and my Bible is all I need.”), totally void of any reliance on tradition or the historic Christian creeds. These differing approaches have left such a wide chasm that many in our day are now feeling the pull of hopeless agnosticism.

Contrary to these three approaches is the Reformation principle of Sola Scriptura, which can be defined the belief that:

The Bible alone is our authority (not Institutional Authority), we study it in the context of community and historic orthodoxy (not Individual Autonomy) where we find truth (not Hopeless Agnosticism).

Out of this doctrine four principles regarding Scripture can further be affirmed, leading us to say, Scripture is:

  • Authoritative: It carries God’s authority and accomplishes His will.
    • Isaiah 55:10-11, Nehemiah 8:1-9, Acts 17:11.
  • Clear: The truths God has chosen to reveal can be understood through reading the Bible honestly.
    • Deuteronomy 29:29, Luke 16:29-31.
  • Sufficient: The Bible reveals all we need to know in order to follow and obey, particularly when understood correctly within the Church community.
    • 2 Peter 1:3, 1 Timothy 3:15, 2 Peter 3:16-17.
  • Necessary: No other writings reveal the Word of Life.
    • 2 Timothy 4:3, Isaiah 55:8-9, John 6:68, Psalm 119, Romans 10:13-15.

One of the great treasures of the Protestant Reformation was its emphasis on Scripture and the fact that it led to the translation and propagation of the Word of God into many different languages. With this being the case, may we be a people who study God’s Word, look to it as our authority, and share the Good News it communicates with all those we meet!

Women of the Word: Fall Bible Study

Ladies, please join us at one of our five Women of the Word home groups this fall as we dive into a study of Psalm 107 together. We will be using Lauren Chandler’s Steadfast Love curriculum to guide our 8 weeks. The studies will run from September 6th-October 28th. The semester cost is $25 and checks can be made out to missio Dei: Falcon, memo: Women of the Word.

To sign up for one of the groups click here.

Don’t forget to stop by our table on Sunday, August 27th, and September 3rd where you can pick up your book, register, pay, and just hang out with some amazing women! We look forward to a transforming journeying together!!!

 

Wednesday

Leader: Louise Bettelli

Co-Leader: Julie Cucco

Location: Falcon

Childcare Provided

 

Wednesday

Leader: Kellie Schultz

Co-Leader: Jessica Renaud

Location: Falcon

Childcare Provided

 

Thursday

Leader: Cathy Ziel

Co-Leaders: Jenessa Davis and Debi Newton

Location: Colorado Springs/Cottonwood Creek

Childcare Provided

 

Friday

Leader: Angie Swanson

Co-Leaders: Katy Marshall and Mekenzie Thompson

Location: Colorado Springs/Cordera

Childcare Provided

 

Saturday

Leader: Hannah Wiggers

Co-Leader: Karen Henderson

Location: Monument

No childcare

Bible Study Tools

This morning in church we kicked off our summer teaching series, focusing on “why we do what we do” as Christians. This first sermon was on the Bible and why it is important for us to affirm that Scripture “is God’s Word, it is true, and it is given out of His love.”

Throughout this series we hope to engage the practice we talk about on Sunday morning throughout the week. So, this first week we are encouraging everyone to spend some time each morning and evening studying a portion of Psalm 119. Here are some resources to that end:

  • If you missed the message this morning you can listen to it here.
  • A copy of the Bible study methods handout can be dowloaded here.
  • And a daily reading plan for Psalm 119 can be dowloaded here.

Please pray that this intentional focus on God’s Word would be a fruitful exercise for our church.