Monday October 25, 2021

Monday – October 25th – 2 Timothy 2:17-18
2:17 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort,
18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some.
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:

    Hello to Monday! New week, new opportunities, new ways to bless others. We can all acknowledge that one of the primary rolls for a follower of Jesus is to share their faith with others. Our inspirational thought today is a great Monday starter and the parameters we should use when engaging in a conversation about Jesus. I must sadly confess that way too many times when witnessing, I thought I was in a debate that must be won at all costs. The more adamant opposed was the person I was talking to the harder I pressed to prove I was right, and they were wrong. Our inspirational thought reminds us that the end game is to gently win disciples that will work and walk alongside us for the advancement of the Kingdom of Heaven. To whom might God be leading toward this week for a “conversation” about Jesus?
   Our pick verses today continue Paul’s stern warnings on the danger of false teachings within or around a body of believers. Because the tenants of false teaching appeal to our sinful human nature, it can easily spread throughout an unsuspecting congregation like cancer does in the body. Paul had personally excommunicated Hymenaeus from the Ephesian congregation for this very thing, and we should believe that the same fate was leveled against Philetus. Both of these named men and others who were leading the false teaching had, in Paul’s assessment, strayed far from the truth. One area in question was the false teaching on the bodily resurrection of believers. The false teachers taught that the new life in Christ at conversion was the only “type” of resurrection promised by God. The truth is that our bodily resurrection from the dead is a non-negotiable part of orthodox Christian doctrine. The false teachings attacked the faith of the people in Ephesus, and their understanding of the truth of Jesus’ resurrection and their promised bodily resurrection. It only takes a “little” falsehood to completely derail the truth of the Gospel.
   Pastor Jim
Tuesday – October 26th – 2 Timothy 2:19
*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Location 56487). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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