Spirituality Feeds the Soul
The following Bible Study introduces a person to the Bible as the Word of God. The purpose of the study is to explain what the Bible is and to encourage a person to use the Bible as a standard for living.
The Word of God
- 2 Timothy 3:16-17
- "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
- "All Scripture" means the entire Bible and "God-breathed" means that these words come straight from God. Thus, the Bible can be read in its entirety as the truth and trusted to be a reliable guide for our lives.
- Hebrews 4:12-13
- "For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account."
- The word of God is, and always has been, current because it is the living word. It will never be outdated or proven false. Instead, it is a reliable tool for exposing the inner workings of a man's heart and judging his motives. If a person is open to the word of God, it will expose the sin in his life so that it can be dealt with.
- 2 Peter 1:20-21
- "Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
- There is only one interpretation of the Bible. God chose His own prophets to write the Scriptures and they did not add their own opinions. It is up to us to understand what God is saying to us, not to interpret His woreds in our own way.
- John 8:31-32
- "To the Jews who had believed him, Jesis said, 'If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
- It is not enough just to believe. We need to hold to Jesus' teaching, which is the word of God. It is the truth and will set us free from sin.
- Matthew 15:1-9
- "Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, 'Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don't wash their hands before they eat!' Jesus replied, 'And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, "Honor your father and mother" and "anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death." But you say that if a man says to his father or mother, "Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is a gift devoted to God," he is not to "honor his father" with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: "These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men."'"
- When the church was first started by the apostles of Jesus, there was no question that there was only one church. The issue then was whether or not there was only one God. In Jesus' day, people used their religious traditions to excuse themselves from taking care of their families. Today, so many traditions have grown up around the church that it is difficult for people to relate to the basic teachings about the true church found in the New Testament. If we hold to traditions that are not straight out of the Bible, we nullify the word of God, making it ineffective in our life.
- 1 Timothy 4:16
- "Watch you life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because, if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers."
- If you were on a plane that was ready to take off and the pilot came on the speaker to announce, "We can take off with either the right wing of the plane or the left wing, but not both. Which would you prefer?", everyone would of course say that both wings were essential for take off. There is no choice! It is the same with our life (how we live) and our doctrine (what we believe). If they are not in accordance, you are living a hypocritical life and will set a bad example for others.
- Acts 17:11-12
- "The Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the word with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures daily to see if what Paul said was true. Many of the Jews believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men."
- The people of Berea were considered noble by God because they (1) eagerly accepted the word of God and (2) read the Bible every day so that they could determine whether or not Paul was teaching them the truth. This is the standard for a disciple of Jesusto let the word affect your heart and to use it as a standard for determining the truth.
- John 12:47-48
- "As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day."
- The Bible has been given to us as a guidebook for living in accordance with God's will. It is like taking a college course and being given a book that contains all the answers to the final exam on the first day of class. The college course is our life and the final exam is Judgement Day, when we will stand before God to give an account of our lives.
Question to ask:
- Do I believe that the Bible is the word of God?
- Am I willing to use the Bible as the standard for my life?
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