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Sunday, 26 February 2017

Spirit Inspired Truth

2 Peter 1:19-21

Pastor Jeremy Helmuth

The BIBLE 

Have you ever wondered why so many people place their eternal trust in the Bible?  What makes the Bible different from any other book?  Why should we use the Bible as a guide book for our daily life? 

  • The Holy Spirit produced a God-inspired guide.    

The MYSTERY Revealed

Even though prophets and angels are limited in their understanding of God’s plan, the Holy Spirit has always known the future and eventually gives complete revelation to God’s plan of salvation. 

  • Prophets searched for when and how our salvation would come.
  • Angels long to understand grace-filled salvation.     

LIVING OUT the MYSTERY

Once we realize how great of a salvation God has given to us and that we can find clearly the will of God in the pages of the Bible, we should live in the following manner. 

  • Be willing to wholeheartedly follow God’s word.
  • Shine God’s word into a dark area in your life.

Discussion Questions

Getting Started

1. Have you noticed that the Bible has been under attack by people in the church more than outsiders in the last few years?  In our postmodern age (where absolute truth is questioned), many churches are starting to question the inspiration of the Bible.  Why is it important to our faith that we believe the Bible is filled with God’s actual words?  

Digging Deeper

2. In Luke 4:17-21, Jesus quoted Isaiah 61 and called it Scripture, proving that the Old Testament was considered God’s word.  In 1 Timothy 5:18, Paul quoted Luke 10:7, showing us that by the time he was writing that letter, at least a portion of the New Testament was considered Scripture.  In 2 Peter 3:15-16, Peter placed Paul’s writings on the same level as Old Testament writings.  Discuss the importance of these verses and how they prove the validity of a God-inspired Bible. 

3. Discuss how the Bible is profitable for us (2 Timothy 3:16-17).  The purpose of inspiration is to teach, reprove, correct, restore and train in righteousness.  Study each word in v. 17.

4. When Jesus was tempted, He stated that humans live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4 quotes Deuteronomy 8:3).  Not “some words”, but “every word.”  Do you believe that every word of the Bible is inspired by God?  Why is it important to believe in “every” word? 

Applying the Bible

5. Commit to reading the Bible each day for 30 days.  Also, think about how you can apply it to your life during the same day. 

6. If you are struggling with a dark area in your life, find a Bible verse and shine that verse on your sin.  Apply it and watch it convict, heal and ultimately restore you to new life.  

 

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