Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Bible Study on the Church - Part 2

Who has poured God's Word into your life? How have you been affected by those people in deeper ways than other people who have poured into your life, such as school teachers or authors? Is there a difference? Why is there such a difference?

2 Peter 1:12-21 and 2 Timothy 3:16 claim that Scripture is the Word of God. Why is this distinction important in separating the Bible from other writings such as Greek mythology or personal experiences?

Look at 2 Timothy 3:16 again. Who is the author of Scripture? Do you believe that "All Scripture is breathed out by God"?

What authority does Scripture have in our lives if we do not believe in the divine inspiration of it? How does the very basis of Christianity crumble without a belief in Scripture's divine inspiration?

Do you really believe the Bible? Think carefully about your answer. Most of us would say, "Absolutely, I believe the Bible.", but for many Christians, our belief in the Bible isn't much more than an intellectual assent. Although an intellectual understanding of the Bible is important, it cannot really be called belief. Belief is not measured by the intellect; it is measured by obedience. If you were judged not by your words but by your commitment to do what the Bible says would your answer change?

Consider the following areas of life and write a couple of Biblical truths about each one.
  • Money:
  • The Lost:
  • Sin
  • Discipleship:
  • The Church:

The Bible has been described as a roadmap for the Christian life, a guidebook to you for living, and a love letter to you. Are these descriptions accurate? Why or why not?

The Bible can certainly be a roadmap, a guidebook, and a love letter, but to think primarily about the Bible in this way misses the true reason for God's Word. There is a fundamental problem in the way that most of us have heard the Bible described. If we are not careful we place the focus on ourselves and make us the main subject of the Bible. The Bible is not about us. The focus or the main Subject of the Bible is always about God and as we read and study God's Word the Scripture reveals to us who God is, and as God is revealed to us we begin to discover His guidance and His love for us. Does seeing the Bible primarily about God and not you, change the way you read it? How?

Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and Hebrews 4:12-13. Which phrase that is used to describe Scripture stands out to you? What does it mean to say the Bible is living and active?

As you look at and hear about churches in North America do you believe that they hold a high regard for God's Word? Is Scripture the focus and what draws people to their worship services or are they depending on other means to gather the people? What are some of those other means?

What if you came to church next Sunday and there was no sound system, no praise team, no padded pews, no large screens and no climate-controlled building, but you did have the Word of God? How would you react? Would God's Word be enough to hold your attention? Would the Scripture be enough for the average Christian in North America? What if the context was different? What if you were in a country that has outlawed Christianity and imprisoned or even tortured those who caught worshipping God? What if you were gathering with believers in this context would the Bible be enough? Should context matter?

Read Matthew 4:1-4. What does the response of Jesus reveal about the sufficiency of God's Word?

Read Acts 6:1-7. How do you see this church being centered on the Word of God?

If the Bible is vital for the life of a church, why do you think so many churches aren't centered on it?

Would you say that your church is centered on God's Word? Why or why not?

How do we often ignore God's teaching because we do not take His Word seriously? How do we often discount God's teaching because of our own experiences and selfish desires that do not line up with His Word?

The Word of God is the only thing God has promised to bless in growing you into Christ's image. How do you think your life would be different if you poured yourself into knowing and serving God's Word in a deeper way?

What actions can we take to make the Word a part of our daily lives? How can we show the world that God's Word is central to our walk with Him?
(Question by Pastor Ricky LeMons - Trinity Baptist Church)

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