Discipleship Lesson 4: The BibleDecember 20, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Posted in Discipleship Lessons | 90 Comments
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We have the revealed WORD OF GOD. Therefore, as Christians, we must let its principles guide our lives.
I. What does the Bible do for a lost person?
It is active in his salvation.
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
I Peter 1:23
The Word of God is active in bringing about the new birth.
For by grace are ye saved through faith…
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
There is an emphasis on the Word of God in the Gospel:
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
I Corinthians 15:1-4, emphasis added
Believing what the Bible says about the Gospel is necessary for salvation.
II. What does the Bible do for a saved person?
A. It is the Owner’s manual. If we don’t follow the Owner’s and the Manufacturer’s plans, we won’t “work” – we won’t be successful Christians.
NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
B. It equips us for service.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
II Timothy 3:16-17
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
C. It sustains us.
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
I Peter 2:2
How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
I Corinthians 3:2
D. It cleans us.
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
E. It makes us pleasing to God.
Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
III. Is the Bible ever wrong?
No, it is a “more sure word,” even than the audible voice of God.
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
II Peter 1:16-21
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
IV. What is the best way to study the Bible?
Compare Scripture with Scripture – not our own intellect or experiences.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
I Corinthians 2:9-16
A. Was the Bible created by men or by God?
It was created by God. It contains 66 books, 39 in the Old Testament, and 27 in the New Testament. God used over 40 human instruments in writing it, but it fits together perfectly because the Holy Spirit is the real Author. It was written over a time span of 2000 years. It is totally accurate in history, prophecy, and life application. It contains no contradictions.
B. Is the Bible too hard for a Christian to understand?
No, it is not. However, there are difficult passages, and one of the key things for a Christian to remember is to live what you do understand, and God will reveal to you in His time what you do not yet understand.
C. Is there any value in memorizing Scriptures?
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
VI. Memory Verses
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
II Peter 1:21
BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
II Timothy 3:16