Continue in What you have Learned

As for you, continue in the things you have learned and about which you have become convinced. You know from whom you learned them 15 and that from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, and for training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:14-16 EHV)

When you go to school your teachers try to convince you that what you are learning is worth the effort. Every high school math teacher has claimed that what they teach will be used all the time when they get older. However, most students see through the charade! Sure, some professions use calculus quite often, but the far majority of people rarely draw on their advanced math skills they learned in high school or college.

The devil tries to convince us that what we have learned about God’s Word is the same thing. Many mistakenly think that once they get confirmed they are done learning the Word; that they know all there is to know so why bother studying any longer. Or they think that what they have learned isn’t really applicable in their everyday lives. Whatever the excuse the devil uses this to drive a wedge between believers and their God.

In the verses above Paul urges Timothy to continue in what he has learned. There are two main reasons why Timothy should continue in what he was taught—we’ll start with the last reason first. In verse 16 we see that all Scripture is God’s breathed. That means that all Scripture has been inspired by God. God has led the writers of the Bible to write the Words that they did. Peter writes in his second letter, Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.  For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. The Bible isn’t a collection of the thoughts and writings of men, we can rightfully refer to the Bible as God’s Word since God led the writers of the Bible to write what they did. And since the Bible is God’s Word it is without error, mistake, lie, or deception. It is true and right in everything that it says.

There are many other blessings that we receive through the holy Scriptures—Paul lists some of them above. It is useful for so many things. But the second major reason why we need to remain in what we have learned is because it makes us wise for salvation through faith in Jesus. It is in Scripture alone that we learn about what Christ has done for us, how he saved us by his sacrifice on the cross and his resurrection from the dead. It is through the gospel found in the words of Scripture that the Holy Spirit works. He only works through the gospel to bring us to faith and keep us in that one true faith. Without being fed by the Holy Spirit through the gospel our faith becomes weaker and weaker until it dies completely. That is why it’s so important to remain in the Word—for without it our faith does and so we will eternally. But with the gospel we are graciously saved by our Lord through the salvation won for us by Jesus Christ!

The Holy Scriptures are unlike any other subject. These are the very Words of God—what he has decided to reveal to us, his children. These are the Words of eternal life, through which he saves us. We pray that you would continue in his Word, feeding your faith everyday through devotions, Bible Study, and worship so the Holy Spirit may continue to work faith into your heart until you are called to his glorious side.

— Pastor Frey  

Church News

Voters’ Meeting

Last week at our Annual Congregational Meeting, among other things, elections were held. In those elections, Scott Mahnke was elected as the new council secretary and Jason Presteen was elected as a new trustee. Both of these men will be installed February 3rd and will begin their duties shortly. We’d like to thank Thomas Appelt (secretary) and Nick Cleven (Trustee) for their three years of service in work to the Lord.

Also at last night’s meeting, the voters’ approved sending possible to changes to our constitution and By-laws to the District’s Constitution committee for review and approval. If approved these changes would be ratified by our voters in April. The changes were suggested in order to keep our by-laws up-to-date with our current practices. If you have any questions or comments, or would like to see a complete copy of our Constitution and By-laws and to see the changes suggested, please speak to one of the Pastors.

Streaming our Services Online 

With the update in our recording and audio equipment we now have the capabilities of streaming our services online. We tried a test-run the last two weekends and we are happy with how it turned out for the most part (there are a few audio issues that are almost resolved). Our plan right now unless things change is to stream our 8:00am service each Sunday and other services throughout the year. Look for a link on our Facebook page as well in the near future an embeded video on our website. Each service can also be watched live on our youtube channel (linked below) during and after each service. We hope that this is a great blessing to some of our shut-ins, to our members who are away on vacation and unable to worship with us, and others through the world so that they too can hear the message of God’s grace. We thank the Lord that he has given us this opportunity to share the gospel in this way! We are eager to hear your feedback.