Sunday, September 25, 2022
Sunday Morning Worship (9:30 AM)
Sermon Text: 2 Timothy 2:16-19
 But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,  and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus,  who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some.  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.” (ESV)
This Sunday we will be continuing our study through the book of 2 Timothy. Here Paul tells Timothy to avoid or shun false teaching in the church, as it leads to more and more ungodliness. He points out the dangers of such teaching (and the dangers of it spreading if not dealt with) by likening it to “gangrene.”
And Paul even names names, so that both Timothy and the rest of the church might be better able to avoid such false teaching. The presence of such false teachings and swerving from the truth are not new to us; in truth such things have troubled the church from the very beginning, even in Paul’s day.
And, lest Timothy or anyone else in the church be overly disturbed or dismayed over the apostasy of false teachers and the effect of the spread of their gangrene-like heresies (i.e. the upsetting of the faith of some), Paul gives words of comfort and assurance by speaking of the “firm foundation” of God -that He knows those who are His (and has known them from all eternity), and will lose none of those for whom Christ died. Not only that, but our duty as professing Christians (i.e. all those who ‘name the name of the Lord’ – v.19) is to “depart from iniquity.” By this we demonstrate the reality of a true and living faith in Jesus Christ.
We hope that you will join us for worship this Sunday! If you are unable to join us in-person, you can watch the live-stream of the service on our church’s YouTube channel (starting @ 9:30 AM PST): RVPC Sunday Morning Live-Stream
Sunday Night Bible Study (6 PM)
This Sunday night we will be looking at what Shorter Catechism Q/A 35 and (more importantly) the Scriptures have to teach us about the work of God’s grace in sanctification. We hope that you can join us for this time of study and prayer!