Friday, January 25, 2008

Some Thoughts from 2 Timothy

In February we're going to start studying 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus in the Sunday morning Bible class I teach. Tonight I've been working on the study guides. When I write a study guide, I divide them up a lesson per chapter. At the top of the page in each lesson I list a key verse in the chapter that states one of the main points.

After I finished 2 Timothy, I noticed a pattern in the verses I had chosen. 2 Timothy 1:13, 2:15, 3:16, and 4:2.

What are we to do?
"Retain the standard of sound words" (1:13). Hold fast the pattern and live by it, no matter what the cost.

How do we do this?
"Be diligent (study, KJV) to present yourself approved to God...accurately handling the word of truth" (2:15). Study the word. That is our standard. We cannot retain the standard if we are not familiar with it.

Why should we do this?
"All Scripture is inspired by God" (3:16). Why bother following the Bible and not some other standard? Because the Bible is the only book that is from God. Nothing can compare with it.

What should we do with it?
"Preach the word" (4:2). Do not hide the truth. Do not insert your opinions or those of others. Simply preach the pure, unadulterated word of God.

These instructions were written to the evangelist Timothy. But all Christians can learn from this. Hold to, practice, study, preach and teach the word because it is in fact from God. The more we work at these things, the more we will please Him.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

New Website

About a month ago I started working on a new website to post sermon outlines and ideas. I went back and posted most of my sermon outlines from the last few years. Eventually I'm going to make my own template for it, but I'm using a free template for now. The content is there though, so you can check it out.

DIY Sermon Outlines

I will not be posting full outlines, only the main points and passages. You are free to use any of the outlines, but you will have to fill them out yourself and make them your own. (Hence the reason for the name.)

I hope you might find this new site helpful in some way.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

His Name is John

Luke records that an angel appeared to Zacharias, a priest serving in the temple. The angel told Zacharias, "your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John" (Luke 1:13). The angel went on to tell Zacharias that this child would grow up and be the forerunner of the Messiah, as prophesied by Malachi (Luke 1:17; Malachi 4:5-6). Zacharias did not immediately believe the angel, so he was struck with silence until the time the child was born (Luke 1:20).

After the child was born, their neighbors and relatives gathered to rejoice over the birth (Luke 1:57-58). The question came up about what to name the child. The friends and family suggested naming him Zacharias, after his father (Luke 1:59). Elizabeth said, "No indeed; but he shall be called John" (Luke 1:60). The others, however, could not see any reason to name the child John, and essentially questioned Elizabeth's decision (Luke 1:61).

Then they asked Zacharias. Since he still could not speak, he wrote, "His name is John" (Luke 1:63). Luke then records, "at once his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak in praise of God" (Luke 1:64).

Zacharias' statement was worded in a way to show that this was already determined. Not, 'he will be called John,' but 'he is John.' Before and while others were discussing possible names, the child's name was John. Why? That was God's will. No suggestion from anyone else could change what God said.

This must be our attitude in all things relating to our service to God and response to His word. When God's word instructs us to do something, we should determine that that is what we will do, even before the situation arrives that requires us to act and regardless of what others think.

Right is right. Sin is sin. No amount of deliberation will change that. "His name is John." That is what God determined. That is the way it is.

Monday, January 7, 2008

BOTC - January 2008

The new issue of Banner of the Cross is now online and contains the following articles:

Emphasizing Jesus Christ by Andy Sochor
The Establishment of the Kingdom by Andy Sochor

Banner of the Cross

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

PBT - January 2008

The January issue of Plain Bible Teaching is now online with the following articles:

Another Jesus by Andy Sochor
Put On the Full Armor of God by Andy Sochor
Measures of a Sound Church by Andy Sochor
Non-Denominationalism by Andy Sochor

You can read the new articles by clicking on the link below. I hope you may find the new material helpful to you.

Plain Bible Teaching
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