By Charles West
Editor’s Note: The “International Bible Lesson Commentary” was used as a primary source for these lessons.
Be True To Your Christian Heritage
Purpose: To exhort us to thank God for our legacy of faith by em
Bible Lesson: 2
Key Verse: “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, live in you.” — 2
Paul wrote his second letter to Paul four to seven years after his first letter. Challenges that faced
The threats to the church at
Even though there were changing circumstances at the churches, Paul had his own concerns, such as being imprisoned. Unlike before when he was in prison, Paul’s experience this time was like a house arrest. .
Although imprisoned, Paul never failed to praise the Lord and offer up a period of being thankful for what he had. He expressed feelings toward his spiritual heritage, what it meant to him and how it carried him through his time of depression and grief. He taught that we must look to God for purpose and to guide us past things that blind us to God’s teaching and our spiritual heritage. Each day, Paul prayed for God to be with
Paul hoped to improve
Paul wrote to tell
Our salvation was planned by God before the creation of the earth, and He knew He was going to send Jesus Christ to save us from our sins. By destroying death, He made life available to all who believe and give their lives to Jesus. We are saved by grace. As God taught
Paul considered himself a teacher of the gospel and an apostle. He also considered himself a herald. He carried the word to God’s people. This was an honor and a big responsibility for him.
First, Paul was not referring to some creed or dogma. He said memorizing scripture was a good habit. Paul said that many cult members learn scripture in order to lead their followers away from the truth. They also take the opportunity to lead followers into false teaching.
Second, Paul wasn’t referring to traditions or rituals that we have. Sometimes they can get used so much we stop paying attention to what we are saying or doing.
Third, Paul was not talking about Jewish laws. So many times we use traditions so much that the true meaning becomes like empty shells.
We can take Paul’s teachings and Jesus Christ with us as we go through our lives. We must understand that we need a strong relationship with Him to get through each day. It is up to us to tell others about the never-ending love and of Jesus Christ and what He has done for us.
What is your Christian heritage and how you will live it? Live for Jesus Christ and have Him as your Lord and Savior.
Develop Christian Character
Purpose: To show that holy living requires a righteous, faithful, loving and peaceful devotion to God’s truth.
Bible Lesson: 2
Key Verse: “Shun youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” — 2
God wants all His people to be strong in faith and courage. He wants his children to have good character as we labor for Christ. The Lord hasn’t only called us to endure hardships for Him but to witness for Him. We must go out into the world and tell others of His love and saving grace.
Some of the believers in
When facing evil desires, we should run to the Lord and take refuge in Him. Our main goal should be to serve Him. If a person’s evil ways are not changed, they are like garbage in an empty can. But if they follow the Lord’s way and do His will, they are a changed person. So, we can be as an empty can and serve the world and its false teaching or we can follow the Lord and have life. When facing evil desires we must turn to the Lord and run to Him. Paul told
The church had been founded on solid doctrine and God’s grace had been tainted with deception. When we give ourselves to the Lord, we should have good character and follow his guidance. As when give ourselves to God we are to dedicate ourselves to Him and tell others about His love for us.
Follow A Good
Purpose: To explain why mentoring is valuable in the cultivation of the Christian life.
Bible Lesson: 2
Key Verse: But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from who you learned it.” — 2
Paul alerted his co-worker at
People thought a godly life would be easier. Paul, as righteous as he was, could not avoid trials. In fact, he thought some of his problems stemmed from the godly life he was living. Christianity is not a religion of escape. It’s not a way to avoid hardships and difficulty. Those who follow Christ will face opposition. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble.” Jesus also said, “but take heart, I have overcome the world.”
The apostle revealed that as the second advent of Christ drew near, the downward moral spiral of humankind would intensify. Evil people and charlatans would go from bad to worse. They would continue to deceive others and, in turn, would deceive themselves.
The Holy Bible is a learning tool as well as a guide for our lives. Paul declared that all scripture was God’s word. The scripture can be used for teaching, correction and training in the faith. Those who submit to scripture will be dedicated to God. Paul said that the people who are dedicated to the Bible also would be followers of God. There is no substitute for the scriptures when it comes to learning the ways of the Lord. We insult God when we don’t study the scripture. If each of us gets filled with His word, our lives will be better. God’s Word will spill out of us as we tell others about Him. Our witness will let His Word go out into the word and others will come to know Jesus Christ. There is no one that can carry us to that safe harbor. Reading the Bible helps our growth in Jesus Christ.
Some people listened to
Some would be shown their sin before they repented, that’s correcting. Still others needed to be reprimanded, that’s rebuking.
Others who obeyed God received encouragement. In accepting all five charges,
Paul explained to his followers that Jesus’ return draws near and they must repent and be ready. They turned their ears away and only wanted to hear false teachers. Some searched for teachers who taught the truth. Others rejected the truth. They rejected the truth for legends.
Paul must have expected that his life on earth was coming to an end. He hoped that
Paul knew that his final reward would be waiting for him. Paul said, “I have kept the faith,” and he kept it until he died. It was as if that Paul was set free from a world of troubles and a life of sin. He wanted to get everything in order before he died.
Live the Truth, Teach the Truth
Purpose: To show how our good works are “an ornament to the doctrine of God our Savior.”
Bible Lesson: Titus 2
Key Verse: “Show yourself in all respects a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity and sound speech that cannot be censured.” — Titus 2:7-8a
Titus was a Gentile believer who served as Paul’s emissary to the church at
At times during Paul’s ministry, he and Titus would go to
Paul wanted Titus to
Paul turned his teaching to the family. First, he went into the responsibilities of the parents. They were to work together to make a stable home and lead the children to God. The children must obey their parents. Paul also reminded the parents to respect the children. This was an Old Testament teaching, but Paul wanted to remind everyone of this.
Verses 7-8 tell us that we should be examples by doing what is right for everyone. Titus wanted to be a good example to those he met. His ministry was to be free from tainted motives and the desire to become materially rich. As he reached out to others, he was to be earnest and sincere. Titus would reinforce the truths of the gospel and give them a greater impact. Despite some peoples efforts to discredit the gospel they couldn’t because of Titus’ belief and actions.
While the Good News was being taught, it drew people who found it to very attractive, especially the slaves. Christian salves had to do what their masters demanded. Instead of fussing with their masters, Christian slaves were to show their fidelity. Their faith was genuine, and they lived like Christians and tried to live a life like Jesus Christ. They lived trustworthy, productive and wholesome lives. Christian slaves were living proof that God was a stronger power. The fact that the slaves could receive the power of God’s grace and be forgiven of their sins showed that anyone could receive it regardless of their class.
Paul emphasized that God offers his plan of salvation to all mankind. Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ was not limited to one group.
When we receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior we also receive transformation. When people are worldly they reflect rebellion world. It is also in direct odds with the Creator. When we experience God’s grace, we live a life that is consistent with the way the Lord intended.
The goal is to live a life that springs from the expectation that Christ will return. Christians are to look forward to Christ’s glorious and joyful return. Waiting for this day can seem unbearable. After all, the world is full of wickedness that seems to advance unhindered. But when Christ returns, he will put an end to all forms of evil. Because they are purified by the blood of Christ, believers are to be special people eager to do what is right for Jesus Christ. By their loving kindness and actions, Christians provide a
Paul reminded Titus that he was not to let anyone intimidate him because of the authority he was given. Instead he was to use the scriptures to gently correct those who claim to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.