2 Timothy 3:16-17

Context is key! One of the reasons that the bible is misinterpreted and misused is because people read verses out of context. Context helps us draw out the original meaning of a verse instead of adding in our own meaning.

These verses are from a letter that the Apostle Paul wrote to a young disciple named Timothy. He’s helping Timothy to become a faithful Christian leader who rightly handles the word of God. Now that we have the context, let’s see what we can learn from Paul’s wise teaching to Timothy.

  • What does it mean that “all scripture is breathed out by God?” (No, it doesn’t mean that God has funky breath!)
  • Do you believe that the bible is God’s perfect, inspired word? (See 2 Peter 1:20)
  • Why do you believe or why don’t you believe? Is there anything that you have a hard time believing?
  • How could you use the bible for “teaching, reproof, correcting, and training in righteousness?
  • How can devotion to God’s word make you ready for anything?

This passage clearly tells us that the bible is to be used. Charles Spurgeon famously said, “A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.” Using the bible will change your life!