Bible Class – “2 Timothy 3” led by Pastor John-Paul Meyer on November 15, 2020.
2 Timothy 3:1-17 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5 – THE MORAL CONDITION OF THE WORLD
1 Why do we believe that we are living in the last days, the time near the end of the world?
2 Which sins mentioned by Paul are especially common today? Why are these a peril to Christians?
6. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7 always leaning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. 9 But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.
10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
2 TIMOTHY 6-13 – THE ATTITUDE OF THE WORLD TOWARD THE CHURCH
3 What false teachers and cults have been working actively in homes and among women?
4 Why do so many people believe the ridiculous claims of false teachers and religious quacks?
5 Are Christians still persecuted today?
6 How does the world show that it hates the true believers?
7 Why is persecution a blessing to the church?
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salivation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
2 TIMOTHY 14-17 – THE SOURCE OF THE CHRISTIAN’S POWER
8 Who taught Timothy the Scriptures (2 Timothy 1:2,5)
9 How long should one continue to study the Bible? Why?
10 In what respects is the Bible different from all other books?
11 How do we know that every word in the Bible was written by divine inspiration (2 Peter 1:21; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:15; John 5:39)?
12 Why should we hold firmly to the doctrine of verbal (the very words and not just the thoughts) and plenary (each and every word) inspiration?
THE BELIEVER’S SECURITY IN AN EVIL WORLD
Why may we rely upon every statement in the Bible as absolute truth, even when it foretells what will happen in future times? We have the clearest answer to this question in our text when it makes the claim that it is the inspired Word of God. We also have a practical proof that this claim is true. The chapter that we are studying pictures conditions in the world just as they are today. The Holy Spirit showed Paul what dangers would threaten Christians as the world approached its end.
Bible Class – “2 Timothy 1-2” led by Pastor Charles Froh on November 8, 2020. 2 Timothy 1:12 – 2:26
Guard the Deposit Entrusted to You
2 Timothy 1:12 But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me. 13 Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14 By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.
15 You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16 May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains, 17 but when he arrived in Rome he searched for me earnestly and found me— 18 may the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that day!—and you well know all the service he rendered at Ephesus.
A Good Soldier of Christ Jesus
2 You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. 3 Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. 5 An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6 It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. 7 Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, 9 for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 11 The saying is trustworthy, for:
If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
12 if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;
13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.
A Worker Approved by God
14 Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 16 But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, 17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some. 19 But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”
20 Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.
22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 23 Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 25 correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
Bible Class: 2 Timothy 1:1-18 “Guard the Deposit Entrusted to You” led by Pastor Charles Froh on November 1, 2020
2 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus.
2 To Timothy, my beloved child:
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
 Furthermore, it is taught that we cannot obtain forgiveness of sin and righteousness before God through our merit, work, or satisfactions, but that we receive forgiveness of sin and become righteous before God out of grace for Christ’s sake through faith  when we believe that Christ has suffered for us and that for his sake our sin is forgiven and righteousness and eternal life are given to us.  For God will regard and reckon this faith as righteousness in his sight, as St. Paul says in Romans 3:21-26* and 4:5*
APOLOGY OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSION, ARTICLE XIII: (1531)
Therefore, the sacraments are actually baptism, the Lord’s supper, and absolution (the sacrament of repentance). For these rites have the command of God and the promise of grace, which is the essence of the New Testament.
Kolb, R. Wengert, T. J., & Arand, C. P. (2000). The Book of Concord: the confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (p. 219). Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.
FORMULA OF CONCORD, EPITOME, ARTICLE III: (1577)
 2. Accordingly, we believe, teach, and confess that our righteousness before God consists in this, that God forgives us our sins by sheer grace, without any works, merit, or worthiness of our own, in the past, at present, or in the future, that he gives us and reckons to us the righteousness of Christ’s obedience and that, because of this righteousness, we are accepted by God into grace and regarded as righteous.
1.Kolb, R., Wengert, T. J.. & Arand, C. P. (2000) The Book of Concord: the confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (pp.38-40). Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press. Also Chemnitz, Examen, 629, “The term ‘grace,’ as used in Scripture, often signifies favor, benevolence, and mercy, but sometimes is signifies the gifts which are conferred by benevolence.”
FROM THE COUNCIL OF TRENT:
“If anyone says that men are justified, either by the sole imputation of the jCstice of Christ, or by the sole remission of sins, to the exclusion of the grace and the charity which is poured forth in their hearts by the Holy Spirit and is inherent in the; or even that the grace whereby we are justified is only the favor of God: let him be anathema.”2
2 Tridentinum, Sess. VI, Canon 11:
WHY IT MATTERS TODAY
Todd A. Peperkorn, STM
October 25, 2020
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Bible Class – “Doctrine of Grace” led by Pastor Todd Peperkorn on October 18, 2020.
GRACE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
WORD: (Charis): pleasing show, charm; beauty, gracefulness; a pleasing circumstance, matter of approval.
WORDS IN ENGLISH BASED ON CHARIS: charisma, charismatic, charity
John 1:14 – And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of GRACE and truth.
Acts 4:33 – And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great GRACE was upon them all.
Acts 20:24 – But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the GRACE of God.
Acts 20:32 – And now I commend you to God and to the word of his GRACE, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
Romans 1:7 – To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: GRACE to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 3:20 – For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it – 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his GRACE as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Romans 5:15 – But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the GRACE of God and the free gift by the GRACE of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.
Romans 6:14 – For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under GRACE.
2 Corinthians 12:9 – But he said to me, “My GRACE is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Ephesisans2:8 – For by GRACE you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 4:7 – But GRACE was given to each one of us according the measure of Christ’s gift.
Bible Class – “Doctrine of Grace” led by Pastor Todd Peperkorn on October 11, 2020.
GRACE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
“But Noah found FAVOR in the eyes of the LORD.” (Gen. 6:8 ESV)
“But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him FAVOR in the sight of the keeper of the prison.” (Gen. 39:21 ESV)
“And the LORD gave the people FAVOR in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover, the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants and in the sight of the people.” (EX. 11:3 ESV)
“If you will treat me like this, kill me at once, if I find FAVOR in your sight, that I man not see my wretchedness.” (Num. 11:15 ESV)
“The king loved Esther more than all the women, and she won GRACE and favor (steadfast love) in his sight more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti (Est. 2:17 ESV)
“Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more FAVOR that he who flatters with his tongue. (Psa. 119:164 ESV)
“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of GRACE and pleas for mercy, so that, when the look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn. (Zech. 12:10 ESV)
“Behold, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have shown me great kindness in saving my life. But I cannot escape to the hills, lest the disaster overtake me and I die.” (Genesis 19:19 ESV)
“And when God caused me to wander from my father’s hose, I said to her, ‘This is the kindness you must do me: at every place to which we come say to me, “He is my brother.”” Genesis 20:13 ESV)
“but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.” (Exodus 20:6 ESV)
“But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother’s house. May the LORD deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me.” (Ruth 1:8 ESV)
Bible Class – “1 Peter 5:8-14” led by Pastor Todd Peperkorn on October 4, 2020.
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother as I regard him, I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it. 13 She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings, and so does Mark, my son. 14 Greet one another with the kiss of love.
Peace to all of you who are in Christ