You must keep to what you have been taught and know to be true; remember who your teachers were, and how, ever since you were a child, you have known the holy scriptures – from these you can learn the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
All scripture is inspired by God and can profitably be used for teaching, for refuting error, for guiding people’s lives and teaching them to be holy. This is how the man who is dedicated to God becomes fully equipped and ready for any good work.
Before God and before Christ Jesus who is to be judge of the living and the dead, I put this duty to you, in the name of his Appearing and of his kingdom: proclaim the message and, welcome or unwelcome, insist on it. Refute falsehood, correct error, call to obedience – but do all with patience and with the intention of teaching.
2 Timothy 3:14-4:2
Our learning may begin with scripture, or learning begun elsewhere may be honed by scripture – by the sacramental encounter with the living Lord who is present to us in the words, and stories, and guidance and books of scripture.
What we learn we are to share – not as our knowledge, our understanding, but as work in progress enabled by the living Lord. And as we share we are to receive, fresh perspectives on what we know learnt from the experiences of others; on what we misunderstand from the experiences of others.
What we live by and what we are constantly to learn is to be with Christ and to be as Christ.
Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits which you have given us,
for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us.
Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day.
A Prayer of St Richard of Chichester (1197-1253)
St Andrew’s Church, Wroxeter, Shropshire. (c) 2016, Allen Morris.