Thursday, October 22, 2015

Sermon Notes / Handout / Outline for a Sermon on 2 Timothy 3:15-17 for Bible Sunday

Look away now if you plan to be at Dallington or Warbleton on Sunday morning.

Bible Sunday 2015 – 2 Timothy 3:15-17 (page 1197)


v15 – ‘holy’, sacred, special, unique – not like any other book

v16 – All ‘God-breathed / Spirited’ – therefore true, authoritative, reliable, trustworthy / infallible / inerrant – reflects God Himself - 2 Peter 1:20-21

The Bible is God’s words to us today - Hebrews 3:7

Jesus’ attitude to the Bible - ‘It is written…’ - Matthew 22:43 - John 10:35

(Wenham, Christ and the Bible; Andrew Wilson, Unbreakable)


(see also e.g. Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 119:9)

v15 – ‘able to make us wise for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ

The Scriptures bring us to Jesus - John 5:39-40; Luke 24:25-27, 44-47

v16 – ‘all … useful’ – even the less obvious bits!

v16 – teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness

v17 – ‘so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work’ – The Sufficiency of Scripture – the Bible tells us all we need to know to be saved and live a godly life – the Bible also encourages us to think, consider creation, listen to Bible teachers & the church etc.  


Pray! Plan! Try different stuff; find what helps you; variety? Slow and fast reading; think about it; reflect; pray; pray again!

The sermon – in so far as it is faithful to the Bible, it is the Word of God - - re-read the passages – discuss

Personal Bible reading, study, memorisation -

Little and often – start with something easier e.g. a gospel;  e.g. a Psalm most days; OT, NT & Ps a day; a regular time may help you (habit)

Notebook and pen

Family / Household Bible times

1 to 1 / small group

Homegroups etc. (Ladies’ group, Good Book Club, Topics Group)

A wealth of resources for all ages - -

A good modern translation (NIV) – different versions – - e.g. ESV (more literal) Study Bible, The Message or Living Bible (paraphrases)

Bible on your mobile phone / tablet / laptop etc.

Audio Bibles – David Suchet – in car, while ironing -

Bible reading notes / study guides / commentaries

Some include the Bible text (e.g. for use on train), some undated

Scripture Union – Daily Bread, Encounter with God

Good Book Company – Explore, Engage, Ichthus File etc.

Bible reading plan / in a year - / record what you read (tick off books to ensure you read the whole over time)

Songs with the text of Scripture – versions of the Psalms -

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