Sunday, 15 May 2016

The Source of Truth

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Pastor Jeremy Helmuth

The Bible: GOD-BREATHED

What is so special about the Bible? It is not just the thoughts of a man, like most religions. The Bible is a supernatural book because:

The Bible contains God’s actual words to us.

“BELIEVING” the BIBLE

The Bible is useful for:

  1. Teaching (positive: “you should believe this…”)
  2. Rebuking (negative: “you should stop thinking this way…”)

“LIVING” the BIBLE

The Bible is useful for:

  1. Training (positive: “you should do this…”)
  2. Correcting (negative: “you should stop doing that…”)

Next time you wonder how to act…

The Bible says that God is love and truth.


Discussion Questions

Getting Started

1. How would you respond to someone who asks you why the Bible should be the source of truth for them? What sets the Bible apart from any other religious book? Do you know of any fulfilled prophecies that are convincing?

Digging Deeper

2. Often the NT affirms the inspiration of the OT by attributing OT quotations to God Himself. Compare these OT passages with their NT counterparts (Genesis 2:24…Matthew 19:4-5; Psalm 2:1-2…Acts 4:25-26; Isaiah 55:3…Acts 13:34; Psalm 16:10…Acts 13:35; Psalm 95:7-11…Hebrews 3:7-11. How might you respond to someone who says that the Bible is merely the words of devout religious men?

3. Did the Bible originate from the Holy Spirit or humans (2 Peter 1:20-21)? Why is this an important distinction?

4. God gave wisdom to Paul to write much of the New Testament (2 Peter 3:15-16). Some of Paul’s letters are hard to understand, and therefore must be read with the help of the Holy Spirit and godly men and women who have been taught how to interpret Scripture. Do you ask God to illuminate your mind as you read the Bible?

Applying the Bible

5. When is the last time you have allowed the Bible to rebuke you? Have you ever read a verse and realized that your thinking needed to change in a certain area? Are you humble enough to change when you read the truth?

6. Will you submit to the correction of the Bible? Are you involved in something right now that needs to stop? Decide to turn around today.