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Sword Handlers (5 of 13)
Series: Famous Last Words
Pastor Jeff Schreve
2 Timothy 2:14-19
If you have your Bible, please turn to 2nd Timothy chapter 2. I’ve been reading a book lately that a member of our church gave me about a Navy SEAL. And one of the things that I’ve been reading about is how this guy went through all the training to be a Navy SEAL. And one of the parts of the training, as you know, is weapons training. Because, if you’re going to be in the military, if you’re going to be a Navy SEAL, especially, you have to know how to use the weapons that you are assigned. If you don’t know how to use a weapon correctly, you could injure yourself and you can injure other people that are on your team.
Now, in the Christian life, God has given us a weapon, and that weapon is His Word. In Ephesians chapter 6, when it talks about the armor of God, all the things that the Lord mentions there are defensive things: the shield of faith, and the breastplate of righteousness, and the helmet of salvation. Those are things to protect us. There’s only one offensive weapon, prayer, if you count that one, but the one that’s really mentioned is the Word of God. And it says in Ephesians 6, “…and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” So we want to speak tonight about how you handle the Word of God, because Paul told Timothy that it was very important that he be a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the Word of Truth, the Word of God, which is the sword of the Spirit. You know, the sad truth is this: So many who claim to be Christians and who come to church week after week after week, and have been members of a church for years and years and years and years, they’re not very familiar with this Book. They don’t know how to use this Book. They don’t know how to put Scripture together. As Jerry Falwell used to say, “You know, for the average Christian, a cultist, a Jehovah’s Witness, or a Mormon can come to your door using the Kin ...
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