What is the Bible? Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth 66 books of eye witness accounts, specific prophesy, instruction, etc. written by different divinely inspired writers in different regions over thousands of years
What is the Bible? 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 servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
What is the Bible? NOT a “cleverly invented” story (2 Peter 1:16) “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’sowninterpretation. 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.” (2 Peter 1:20-21)
The Bible *Tells us: who God is who we are how we should live how we can get to Heaven *…or so I’m telling you. How will you know if you don’t read for yourself?!
The Bible Should you read it? If so, why? If not, why not?
The Bible Should you read it? YES! Why? 5 REASONS!
Why I Should Read The Bible Reason 1 LIFE IS A TEST, theBibleisthe STUDY GUIDE ONE chance to pass… and you DON’T want to fail *SERIOUSLY, how do you know if you’re on the path to Heaven!?! Many paths to take, only 1 leads to Life (Matt. 7:14). The Bible guides.
Why I Should Read The Bible Another way of looking at it… YOU’RE AT WAR! Battle not against FLESH and BLOOD, but supernatural POWERS and SPIRITS (Ephesians 6:12) The devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10) He is like a roaring lion looking to devour. (1 Peter 5:8) The World is full of the Enemy’s death traps! The Bible has the battle plan for victory!
Why I Should Read The Bible Reason 2 If you’re at war, you need an EPIC weapon The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit (Ephes. 6:17) Jesus used it to fight off Satan! (Matthew 4:1-11) Defenseless against Satan without the Word!
Why I Should Read The Bible Reason 3 Avoid spiritual starvation… YOU NEED TO EAT! “Man does not live on Bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4, Deut. 8:3) Starved people are WEAK or DEAD!
Why I Should Read The Bible Reason 4 Keeps you from sin! “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (*Psalm 119:11) “…How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.” (*Psalm 119:9) *Psalm 119 is long, but the writer speaks a lot about the importance of God’s Word.
Why I Should Read The Bible Reason 5 Build Faith Faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Rom. 10:17) More Bible = More Faith *College professors LOVE breaking spiritually weak, faith lacking students
The Bible What happens if I don’t read it? More vulnerable to enemy attacks Spiritually weak More distant from Christ Less faith Less blessed
The Bible Ok… I read the Bible daily, now what?
The Bible Ok… I read the Bible daily, now what? APPLY IT! “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22) Bible Math (Matthew 7:24-27) Hear_Word+ Do_Word= STRONG_Foundation=) Hear_Word- Do_Word= WEAK_Foundation=(
The Bible Closing scriptures: James 1:23-25 “Anyone who listens to the wordbutdoes notdo what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, notforgettingwhat he has heard, but doingit—he will be blessed in what he does.”
Other relevant scriptures Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is alive 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.” Psalm 18:30 “As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.” Deuteronomy 11:18, God tells us: “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.”
Other relevant scriptures Luke 1:37 “For no word from God will ever fail.” Luke 11:28 “…Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” Luke 9:26 “Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”
Other relevant scriptures John 15:7 “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 17:17 “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth” 2 Timothy 2:15 “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
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