Sustained by God’s Word during Persecution
Rev. David Appold pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Paducah, KY, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study 2 Timothy 3:10-17.
Paul has given Timothy something infinitely greater than the vices that will be manifest in the last days. He has given Timothy the truth teaching of God’s Word, which begets sanctification in the Christian’s life. Paul’s faith, patience, and steadfastness have all served as an example to Timothy, and they have led to Paul’s suffering and persecution. God uses these gifts to show the truth of His Word in all circumstances, for Paul, for Timothy, for pastors, and for every Christian. The sufferings that Paul endured in Asia Minor are well-known examples of this for Timothy. Therefore, he must continue in the Scriptures that he has learned from childhood and has continued to learn from Paul. Because the Scriptures have God as their author, they are inerrant and infallible, able to deliver wisdom for faith in Jesus Christ and to equip the pastor and all Christians for every good work.
“The Word is Trustworthy” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the three pastoral epistles: 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus. These three letters are named after their recipients, two young pastors in the Christian Church. St. Paul gives instruction to these two men concerning the doctrine and life of the congregations where they are given to serve. In these epistles, the Apostle teaches both pastors and congregations of all times and places that the sound doctrine from God’s Word is faithful to save sinners in Christ Jesus.