For the past week, I have been in Argentina teaching the series, “Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth,” at the Bible Institute in Cordoba. When we planned our conference, we expected for 40 to 45 people to be in attendance. 93 people attended the conference! To God be the glory! This week’s teachings have been focused on “Why, How, When, and Results of 2 Timothy 2:15.” 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to prove thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.”
2 Timothy was the final letter of Paul’s life, and one of his 3 pastoral letters: 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus. In the letter, Paul’s purpose is to encourage his apprentice, Timothy, in his faith and ministry, as well as asking Timothy to come to Rome to provide Paul with company (2 Timothy 1:4, 4:9, 21), and bring his parchment and cloaks (2 Timothy 4:13). In chapter 2, as a part of Paul’s encouragement, he presents the believer in seven characters: a son in verse 1, a soldier in verse 3, an athlete in verse 5, a husbandman in verse 6, a workman in verse 15, a vessel in verse 21, and a servant in verse 24. In our studies and teachings we are focusing on the presentation of the believer as a workman. We have concentrated on the study of the Bible, or “the Word of Truth,” and how to properly observe the right divisions within the Bible, in order to understand its deeper meanings. We have also discussed the reward in becoming a “workman that needeth not be ashamed.” In discussing these rewards we have drawn guidance from the verse Hebrews 11:6, which says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” With God’s blessings, we hope these teachings will prepare the students at the Bible Institute in Cordoba to truly engage in their study of the Bible, earnestly seeking God through their prayer and study. We pray that this experience enables our students to become better spiritual leaders in their churches and communities!
Kingdom Building Together,