Dr. Oscar T. Moses
Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church of Chicago
W.A.R. Bible Study
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
“The Urgency of Now” – Bible Lesson #5
THE UNGODLY IDENTIFIED
2 Timothy 3:8-12
The goal in this lesson is to educate the membership on biblical truth concerning the worlds behavioral identity towards Christians and God’s expectations for the church in the last days.
Paul has made it clear in the previous verses that in the “last days” before Jesus returns there would be unbecoming behavior that would emerge in the church. In the previous verses Paul identifies ungodly behavior in the world and church. This is interesting for although these behaviors would emerge there is no hint that the Christian should abandon the church. Hypocrites are everywhere. The true Christians must endure the behaviors that surface in a godly manner. There will be false teachers that will continuously surface to dispute what has been established in God’s Word and to attack and accuse those who hold fast to it.
However, Paul encourages the church that the efforts of these false prophets will not be successful in the end. He uses his own life persecutionsto confirm his authenticity as a true teacher of God and concludes these verses with a promise that we don’t like to hear: “All that live godly in Christ shall suffer persecution.”
Vs. 8– Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.According to Jewish tradition, these were the two magicians in Pharaoh’s court who attempted to duplicate Moses’ miracles (Exodus 7:11; 9:11). Paul names the two magicians who were nameless in the Exodus account. The legend of these men must have been passed on. The point is, false teachers will oppose the truth as these two magicians opposed Moses. There minds are corrupted. Paul was making reference to false teachers who were perverting the Church with false doctrine and questioning the authority of Paul.
Vs. 9 – But they shall proceed no farther—Such teaching and teachers shall never be able ultimately to prevail against the truth.Their folly shall be manifest—False doctrine cannot prevail long where the sacred Scriptures are read and studied.
Vs. 10– Thou hast fully known my doctrine— Paul’s teaching was known and those whom he taught were capable of judging between him and the false teachers. They could easily discern the difference between false and true doctrines.
Vs. 11– Persecutions—which came unto me at Antioch—Antioch is where the Jews stirred up the devout and honorable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts; but they shook of the dust of their feet against them, and came to Iconium.
Vs. 12– All that will live godly in Christ shall suffer persecution — Christianity will stand in opposition to the world. Those who make a decision to live for God, study the scriptures and attend church will be reviled.
Group Discussion Questions
- As a member of a local church name 3 reasons why it is essential to study what you have been taught by the pastor?
- Why is group bible study important?
- How does the following scripture refer to verse 9? (1 Peter 1:24-25)
- Why is it important to know what your pastor believes in scripture?
- How does the Holy Spirit help Christians discern when false doctrine is being taught? Give an example.
- What are the dangers of not knowing the scriptures?
- How will the godly suffer in the last days?
- How will church people play a role in the persecution of the godly?
- How do the following verses apply to verse 12? (John 15:18, 1 Peter 4:12-14, Matthew 5:44, and 1 Peter 3:14.)
- Name 3 ways families in MHMBC can study the scriptures together that will educate each other?
- What creative approach can MHMBC take towards a more meaningful bible study of the scriptures?
- How does Acts 17:10-11 encourage the church to study God’s Word?
- How can the church support those who are being persecuted for living godly in third world countries?
- Individual question: Give an example of how you have been persecuted for trying to live godly?
Dr. Oscar T. Moses
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