Josh continues walking through 2 Timothy and calls us back to the simplicity of the gospel of Jesus. We are to be in the process of helping form the culture around us but only through what is happening in us. Our efforts to "be missional" will be limited if we're not open to Jesus working in us. Jesus speaks to us through the Bible which is more than a book. Can the Bible correct us? Can it rebuke us? Can we be encouraged by it? If we will continue in Christ, we won't run from correction or rebuke, and His encouragement will breathe life. The worship journey for this week: "Continue in Christ." 2 Timothy 1:6, 8, 2:1, 8, 3:14-4:5; Romans 15:4; Jeremiah 31:31-34.
Josh shared a quote from AJ Jacobs and Peter Holmes: "Studying the Bible is not like wrestling. It is more like wrestling itself. This opponent of mine is sometimes beautiful, sometimes cruel, sometimes ancient, sometimes crazily relevant. I can't get a handle on it. I'm outmatched. God's word does not return unto God void. The Bible does not need a disclaimer to say it is fiction. Rather, it needs a warning to those who would read it. It is so true that it will read you. Do not just read it alone. You are outmatched. As we read it, we discover all about how we are outmatched by the love and grace of God who has given us His word and given us His Son, that we might know life eternal here and now and forever more."