2 Thessalonians 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
The previous generation has handed down to the present generation some wonderful traditions. Those most precious are directly found in scripture while others are closely associated with scriptural principles. Paul admonished believers at Thessalonica to “hold” these types of traditions. Likewise, believers today should diligently continue in godly traditions. Those that are directly taken from scripture are a given, but there are others that are also important. No Bible verse specifically states believers should attend a midweek worship service, but it is certainly a scriptural tradition (Hebrews 10:25). In like manner, no Bible verse indicates that the early church held Sunday School, yet it is a very scriptural tradition (2 Timothy 2:15).
- (For children): Read 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. Even though the Bible does not say how often we take the Lord’s Supper, it was a tradition Paul “received” from God and “delivered” to the Corinthians which they were supposed to follow. We should maintain such traditions.
- (For everyone): What are some traditions you hold dear that can be found in scripture? What are some scriptural traditions you hold that might not be specifically commanded in scripture?
- What determines whether or not a tradition crosses the line into the realm of unscriptural? How can one protect himself from believing such traditions?
- Thank the Lord for scriptural traditions.
- Ask God for strength to hold the right traditions.
SONG: I AM RESOLVED
Quotes from the next volume
(VOLUME 4, WEEK 49)
Subject: Truth (con’t)
If man rejects the initial ray of truth from the Lord, the Lord is not bound to give any additional light.
A nation should rather choose to find themselves without food and water than to endure a famine of truth.
Initially, men might think that truth binds men, but a man enlightened by the truth knows nothing could be farther from the truth.