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Correct Explanations

Paul tells Timothy to “be a good worker.” Part of being a good worker means you do not “need to be ashamed.” Why? Because you are walking closely with God and teaching the Word as He desires. There is no shame in teaching the word of truth correctly. Note the second part, correctly explains the word of truth. The Word needs to be explained correctly. This is more of a challenge.

We cannot understand everything we read in the Bible. Our mind cannot grasp it all. Thankfully the Spirit continues to reveal to us, to teach us more. As we walk closely with Jesus, as we serve Him, as we worship Him, as we read His Word, we glean more. Doing life with Jesus is a journey. Along the way, we grow. We learn. We begin to mature and understand more. This allows for more correct explanations.

Don’t be afraid to share the Truth. Don’t be afraid to share God’s Word. Understand that there will be moments when you don’t understand His Word. Don’t pretend. Don’t hesitate to share because you do not grasp every word in the Bible. Be sure to provide correct explanations when possible. If there is something you cannot grasp, seek help. Pray about it. Be okay with admitting you don’t know. If someone asks you something and you don’t have the answer, look for it together. Understand there are some things you may not understand until God calls you home.

“Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive His approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15 [NLT]

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Ephesians Study: Our Cornerstone

[Ephesians 2:11-23]

Psalm 118:22 – stone rejected by the builders has become the head of the corner

Verse 12 —   At one time we were                               Through Christ we are

Separated                                                                 Brought Near

Without hope                                                          With Peace

  • Fellow citizens with the saints – Members of the household of God
  • Built on Foundation of Apostles & Prophets
  • Christ – Cornerstone – whole structure joined together into Holy Temple in the Lord – We are living stones to be united to & built up by the Cornerstone

 

Christ is a stumbling block to those without faith

Isaiah 8:14 – And he will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. [ESV]

Parable of the Wicked Tenants – Matthew 21:42, Mark 12:10, Luke 20:17

 

Christ is security to those who believe

Acts 4:11 – Built together into dwelling place for God by the Spirit – completeness & unity

Matthew 7:24-27 – built house on the Rock – hear words & act upon them – firm foundation

Isaiah 28:16 – Therefore the Lord GOD said: “Look, I have laid a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; the one who believes will be unshakable. [HCSB] — Firm, Unshakable, Reliable

1 Peter 2:6 – those who trust in Him will never be put to shame – no shame

 

Follow up questions:

Read Isaiah 28:16. This verse describes the foundation of Christ as firm, unshakable, and reliable.

Take time to consider in your life…

  • How has Christ been firm?
  • How has Christ been unshakable?
  • How has Christ been reliable?

Read Psalm 118:22. This verse speaks of a stone that is rejected by the builders becoming the head of the corner, the Cornerstone. The Cornerstone holds in place all of the other stones. Consider what you have used to build up your house. Examine the pieces you used to build. Is Jesus the Cornerstone? What are some of the pieces you have been using to build? What do you need to do to get back to your foundation of Christ and allow Christ to be your Cornerstone?

Read Acts 4:11. Peter makes it clear that this cornerstone is Jesus Christ who was rejected by the Jewish leaders and crucified. If the stone is precious and sure to be laid as a cornerstone, why would it be rejected by the builders? Why did the Jewish leaders not accept Him? What can we learn from this?

Read 1 Peter 2:6. This verse says those who trust in the Lord will not be put to shame. When have you felt shame in life? Why did you feel this shame? Why does the Bible promise that we will not be put to shame? How can you live this out?

This is one part of a 12-week Sermon Series and Bible Study focused on Ephesians. The 12 weeks include:

1- Sons and Daughters

2- Immeasurable Greatness

3- God’s Workmanship

4- Our Cornerstone

5- Least of the Saints

6- Love of Christ

7- Abundantly More

8- Unity of the Body

9- Anger Management

10- Exposed by the Light

11- Submission

12- Prepared for Battle