Week 36: God-breathed

Week 36: God Breathed

Today’s Text: Second Timothy 3-4

Key Text: Second Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

I like that phrase “God-breathed” don’t you?

It speaks to me of the creative, life-giving work of the Holy Spirit; of how Scripture is so much more than old, dead words on parchment from years ago. Scripture is, as some might say of the Constitution, a “living document” which in some ways is timeless and ageless.

It also reminds me that God is always intimately involved in the issues of our day to day living.

The Bible is not meant to me a book which occupies an honored space on the bookshelf or coffee table, but which is never opened and studied.

All my Bibles are well-marked with this color ink or that; passages circled, underlined; pages marked by a handful of different bookmarks.

Scripture is something to be studied, read, prayed over, and absorbed into our daily decisions.

Otherwise, it might as well be put behind a glass case – something to be admired and venerated – but never really used.

I believe God gave us Scripture as a gift – to be cherished – but most of all, to be applied in very real, practical ways.

Then, as this passage says, we will be women and men who are “thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Surely we can’t do much better than that.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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