Posted by: Pauline | March 12, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday March 19

2 Timothy 3:14-17

This passage is addressed to an individual, Timothy, encouraging him to remain steadfast in living out his faith in Christ, which is based on the teaching of Scripture, and these verses are often used to exhort Christians in their personal Bible reading and study. Such reading and study are important, but this passage also shows us that Timothy did not come to his knowledge of Scripture on his own, but he was taught by others.

The book of 2 Timothy is about passing on the faith to others. Timothy has received from others his knowledge of the Scriptures, and the faith traditions already developing in the early church. His responsibility is to teach others, who will likewise pass on what they have learned.

Psalm 119:33-36

Reading and hearing Scripture is central to our growth in faith, but just knowing the words is not enough. With the psalmist, we need to ask God to give us understanding, to guide us in living out His ways, and to turn our hearts to what He wants rather than our selfish desires.

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