My sermon notes for Sunday morning, July 4th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:45 on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistavonpark/ We also provide the services through YouTube on our website by Sunday afternoon at www.fbcap.net
2 Timothy 3:16–17
We are continuing from where Pastor Brett preached last week.
We say we are people of the Bible… BUT ARE WE REALLY.
Do we really trust the Bible as the Word of God?
If we did it would seem we would live our life a little different.
It would seem we would conduct our church life a little different.
SCRIPTURE IS TRUE
All Scripture is breathed out by God
It is God’s perfect Word.
The Word of God
Inspiration (supernatural influence of the Holy Spirit)
From God and About God
The Bible was written by the Holy Spirit through Human Personality
2 Peter 1:20-21 –  And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,  knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.  For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (ESV)
God is truth – Deut. 32:4
Jesus is truth – John 14:6
The Spirit is truth – 1 John 5:6
The Word is truth – John 17:17
SCRIPTURE IS PROFITABLE
and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness
It changes our mind, heart, and life.
Useful, beneficial, advantageous
The sufficiency of Scripture
Meet all the spiritual needs of His people
Teaching – Doctrine. What is right.
What God wants me to know… that is true
Reproof – Discernment. What is not right
What God wants me to know… that is not true
Correction – Direction. How to get right
How God wants to me to live
Training – Discipline. How to live right
How God wants me to live for
NOTICE…the Bible is not a mere rule book. The Bible is the means by which I can
LIVE A LIFE THAT IS PLEASING TO HIM
LIVE A LIFE THAT GLORIFIES HIM
LIVE A LIFE OF OBEDIENCE AND BLESSING
THEREFORE, WE MUST BE PEOPLE THAT:
Cherish the Bible – First thing is to just love God’s Word.
Trust in it
Read the Bible – Second, we read it.
Think upon the Bible – Third, we allow the Word of God to consume our thoughts.
Meditate on it
Memorize it – Write it out and reflect upon the Word
Dig Deeper into the Bible – Fourth, we grow in our knowledge and understanding of the Word.
Theological References Books
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SCRIPTURE IS ESSENTIAL
that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work
The Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience, although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable; yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God and his will which is necessary unto salvation. Therefore it pleased the Lord at sundry times and in divers manners to reveal himself, and to declare that his will unto his church; and afterward for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan, and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing; which maketh the Holy Scriptures to be most necessary, those former ways of God’s revealing his will unto his people being now ceased.
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction (1); that it has God for its author, salvation for its end (2), and truth without any mixture of error for its matter (3); that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us (4); and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union (5), and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried (6).
6. 1 John 4:1; Isa. 8:20; 1 Thess. 5:21; 2 Cor. 8:5; Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:6; Jude 3:5; Eph. 6:17; Psa. 119:59-60; Phil. 1:9-11
1858 – Abstract of Principles – The founding doctrinal statement of the first Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience.
Baptist Faith & Message 1925
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and religious opinions should be tried.
Luke 16:29-31; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; Eph. 2:20; Heb. 1:1; 2 Peter 1:19-21; John 16:13-15; Matt. 22:29-31; Psalm 19:7-10;
Baptist Faith & Message 1963
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is the record of God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. It reveals the principles by which God judges us; and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ.
Ex. 24:4; Deut. 4:1-2; 17:19; Josh. 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isa. 34:16; 40:8; Jer. 15:16; 36; Matt. 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Rom. 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; Heb. 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.
The Baptist Faith and Message – 2000
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.
My sermon notes for Sunday morning, June 20th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:45 on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistavonpark/ We also provide the services through YouTube on our website by Sunday afternoon at www.fbcap.net
2 Timothy 3:1–9
Paul reminding Timothy that he and the church are living in the last days.
The last days are difficult because they are full of people who have never trusted in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior
Living Faithfully in an Unfaithful World
The Peril of Apostacy in the Church
AS WE LIVE IN THESE DAYS WE MUST REMEMBER
WE WILL FACE DIFFICULTY – v. 1
 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty
From the time of Pentecost (When the Spirit came upon the Church) to the time of His return.
They were living in the last days
We are living in the last days
The times will be difficult
Hard to bear, painful.
WE LIVE AMONG LOST PEOPLE – vv. 2-5
 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,  heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good,  treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,  having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people
WHY THE WORLD IS SO DIFFICULT TO LIVE IN
We live in a fallen world
Living in a constant tension with what is RIGHT and what is WRONG
FOR PEOPLE WILL BE
With fallen people…people with no hope
People living without the Grace of God upon their life
People do what they do because of WHO THEY ARE…either alive or dead.
Dead and Desperate
People living in lostness:
lovers of self
lovers of money
disobedient to their parents
not loving good
swollen with conceit
lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God
They are lost and do what they do because of WHO THEY ARE. DEAD IN THEIR TRESPASSES AND SIN.
YET Some claim to be saved… BUT
having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power
Appearance – Silhouette. No Substance.
looks and lips are deceiving
Examine their doctrine, character, and followers
Great way to determine the Biblical health of a pastor (and his church)
What is his doctrine – How does he live his life – What time of Christ followers does the ministry produce
Avoid such people
Avoid, Expose, and Oppose
2 Timothy 2:23–25 –  Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.  And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,  correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, (ESV)
OBVIOUSLY, we are to be developing relationships with people so that we can share the Gospel. This is open rebellion to the Gospel with no desire to change.
WE MUST NEVER COMPROMISE THE FAITH– vv. 6-9
 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions,  always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. vv. 6-7
There can be a danger to compromise the faith to the reach the world for Christ… this is terrible idea. Remember in the Gospels…Jesus was a stickler for truth.
The dangers of compromise
Creep into the household – stealth. With purpose
Capture the weak (lack of understanding… immature in the faith)
Always learning and never able to arrive at truth
Open to the things of the word, yet ignore the truth of Scripture.
SO PREVALENT TODAY
Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men. – vv. 8-9
Jannes and Jambres
Magicians who served Pharaoh at the time of Moses
They imitated the miracles of God
Oppose the Truth (God’s Truth)
John 17:17 – Sanctify them in truth; your word is truth.
1 Tim. 2:4 – who desires for all people to be saved and come to the knowledge of truth.
2 Tim. 2:25 – See above
They will not get very far
It is usually a limited following and appeal
What is not true will not continue
REMEMBER… GOD HAS ALREADY WON!!!!!
We are at war
Be awake and aware
Know your doctrine
Do not be afraid
Patiently and passionate endure
People need Jesus and the hope found in the Gospel