These lessons are from Dave Thurston who passed away on June 26th, 2015.  Dave had a great ministry here at Metro; teaching Sunday School and providing lessons in our “Food For Thought” column on this web site.  He will be greatly missed, and we will continue to publish his lessons here.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” The Word of God, the Holy Scriptures are Divine Revelation of God’s Person and Character. Divinely inspired and supernaturally preserved to this day. The benefits from a close relationship with the Written Word and the Living Word is ” profitable” (v.16) which means beneficial, useful, full of profit, advantageous. Used just 3 times in Scripture. 1 Timothy 4:8 “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” Titus 3:8 “This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.”  The profit of the Holy Scriptures proves the equipping of the saints for ministry.

 In II Timothy 3:16 Paul gives the profit of the Scriptures to the man of God: “That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.  To be furnished is to equip throughly, to be complete and equipped for the faith.  Scripture is all we need to fit us for God’s service. 2 Peter 1:3 “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:” Scripture brings about saving faith.  2 Timothy 3:15 “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”  Scripture shows us our condition, condemnation and how to obtain conversion through the crucified and risen Savior. I Corinthians 15:3-4  “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures”

One of the most dramatic examples of the Bible’s divine ability to transform men and women involved the famous mutiny on the “Bounty.” Following their rebellion against the notorious Captain Bligh, nine mutineers, along with the Tahitian men and women who accompanied them, found their way to Pitcairn Island, a tiny dot in the South Pacific only two miles long and a mile wide. Ten years later, drink and fighting had left only one man alive–John Adams. Eleven women and 23 children made up the rest of the Island’s population. So far this is the familiar story made famous in the book and motion picture. But the rest of the story is even more remarkable. About this time, Adams came across the “Bounty’s” Bible in the bottom of an old chest. He began to read it, and the divine power of God’s Word reached into the heart of that hardened murderer on a tiny volcanic speck in the vast Pacific Ocean–and changed his life forever. The peace and love that Adams found in the Bible entirely replaced the old life of quarreling, brawling, and liquor. He began to teach the children from the Bible until every person on the island had experienced the same amazing change that he had found. Today, with a population of slightly less than 100, nearly every person on Pitcairn Island is a Christian.

The Bible shows us a serving faith: as II Timothy 2:15 shows, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. We are commanded to study the Bible. Study means to be diligent, labor.  It takes effort.  Someone has well said: “It is not so much how many times you go through the Bible but how much of the Bible goes through you. If we take the time to “study” the Word we will be able to “rightly divide the Word”  To rightly divide means to “make a straight cut.” In other words, we will obtain a correct understanding of the Word of God and this prepares us to be a “workman”, that is, a “servant” who will not be put to shame in the face of the enemy! As we study the Bible, we will learn about the Wonder of God, the Work of God, the Will of God, and the Ways of God! We will receive a theological education that will enable us to serve the Lord without shame! The Bible teaches us about the Person, Promises, Prophecies, Plan and Proof of God.

The Scripture Equips us for the fightEphesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” When Paul described the armor of the believer, he only mentioned one offensive weapon: The sword of the Spirit, or the Word of God. The word sword comes from the Greek word “rhema”. It refers to what was called the “Roman short sword”. It was much like a dagger. This short sword was on the belt of every Roman Legionnaire. They carried wherever they went and used it in many tasks from preparing their food to hand to hand combat. It is interesting that Paul should use this word for the Bible. In some other places, the word “logos” is used. The word “logos” refers to “the whole Word of God”. It is the same word used in John 1:1, where Jesus is called the Word of God. The word “rhema” refers to a “specific word”. Think of it like this, the “logos” or the whole Bible brings to mind the idea of a complete armory. In that armory, there are weapons of every description. When a battle arises, we should be able to walk into that armory and select the perfect “rhema” or specific sword we need to fight that particular battle. This is just what Jesus did on the Mount of Temptation, Matt. 4:1-11. Three times Jesus was tempted and three times Jesus walked into the great armory of the Word of God, entered the Deuteronomy room and walked out with the perfect sword with which He could stick the devil! (Ill. “It is written”, Matt. 4:4, 7, 10.) Of course, before you can do this, you must be familiar with where the right swords are located within the armory! This means that you need to study the armory and familiarize yourself with placement of all the swords. Then when temptations and trials come, you can walk into the armory and find the perfect weapon for the day of your battle! Do not even try to fight the battle in your oun strength will only bring failure, as I Corinthians 10:12 tells us, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

Our battles are fought with the Sword of the Spirit-Matthew 4:11 “Then the devil leaveth Him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto Him.”  Note: Believers are commanded to ” stand” Ephesians 6:11-18 and we remember that the battle is the Lord’s-I Samuel 17:47 “And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and He will give you into our hands.”

The Scripture Enables us to grow spiritually. It has power to make one wise. If we get the ” seed” of the Word of God within our heart, God will water it and it will yield fruit, you will not have to struggle to grow you will grow.

2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”  Timothy was told that the man of God is furnished for EVERY good work.  We find in the Scriptures doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness.  (Ill. Martin Luther’s Bible study method: “I study my Bible like I gather apples. First, I shake the whole tree that the ripest may fall. Then I shake each limb, and when I have shaken each limb, I shake each branch and every twig. Then I look under every leaf. I search the Bible as a whole like shaking the whole tree. Then I shake every limb–study book after book. Then I shake every branch, giving attention to the chapters. Then I shake every twig, or a careful study of the paragraphs and sentences and words and their meanings.” Doctrine [ v.16] – We are enlightened through Scripture teaching ministry. Doctrine meaning is a thing taught, instruction.Same Greek word used in Romans 12:7 “Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;” The body of truth we believe and practice. Scripture teaches us all the fundamentals of faith and instructs us in the deep things of God. Doctrine tells us which road to take. Reproof – Chastening ministry –  to be convicted – The Scriptures will put you to the test, like a set of scales and balances will put your life to the test to see where you  fall short.Comes from the word translated ” evidence” ( Hebrews 11:1) In both cases refers to ” convincing evidence”. We need reproof when we get off track. Correction – to restore to an upright or correct state. Scripture not only teaches us what is wrong but teaches us how to fix it. Proverbs 28:13 “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”  I John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  Correction tells us how to get back on track. Instruction in Righteousness .  Instruction that aims at increasing virtue. Tells what is wrong with your life, how to fix what is wrong with your life and then tells how to live so as not to be found wrong the next time. The Scriptures read, believed and lived out will cause us to be more like our Lord Jesus Christ, God’s ultimate will for our lives. Romans 8:29 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”  God uses many tools to shape our lives such as adversity and chastisement but His main tool is the Bible, His Holy Word.

Study the Bible to be wise     Believe the Bible to be safe

                                    Practice the Bible to be holy