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Life Verse: I Timothy 4:16 – Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere [continue] in these things for as you do this you will insure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.
Eph 1:13 - In him you also, when you heard the word of truth , the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
The word of life
Phil. 2:16 - holding fast to the word of life , so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
A source of Hope and Blessing
Psalm 130:5 - I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I hope .
Luke 11:28 - But He [Jesus] said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it! ”
A Source of Spiritual Growth
Deut 8:3 - And He humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord .
The Bible is Eternal
Isaiah 40:8 - The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever .
The Bible is Living and Timeless
2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.
Inspired = God-Breathed
The Bible is Living and Timeless
Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of the soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Always Relevant: Timeless
The Bible Cannot be Proven Wrong
2 Samuel 22:31 - As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the Lord is tested [true] ; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Tested = If you try to prove it wrong, it will end up proving you wrong; true.
What the Bible says happened in History Really Happened
1.If the Bible says that a king of Israel lived at the same time as a certain king of Assyria, then we can be confident that that is true
2.If the Bible says that the Hittites existed, then the Hittites existed.
Whatever the Bible Says About Science is Scientifically Correct.
1.The world is round – Isaiah 40:22
2.Life is in the blood – Leviticus 17:11
3.Man was created by God directly/immediately …hmmm…more on this next week…
The Bible is a Source of Healing and Protection
Psalm 107:20 - He [God] sent out his word and healed them , and delivered them from their destruction.
The Bible Allows Us to Avoid Doing What Displeases God
Psalm 119:11 - I have stored up Your word in my heart [memorized it] , that I might not sin against You.
The Bible Says that its Messages Leads to Eternal Life.
John 5:24 - Truly, truly, I [Jesus] say to you, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
People Who Reject What the Bible Says will be Punished.
Isaiah 5:24 – Therefore, as a tongue of fire consumes stubble, And dry grass collapses into the flame, So their root will become like rot and their blossom blow away as dust; For they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts, And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
Lots of fire imagery…
Rejecting God’s word will cause Him to Reject you.
1 Samuel 15:23 – [Samuel talking to king Saul] … Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has also rejected you from being king .”
God’s Words are Powerful - Creation
Psalm 33:6 - By the word of the Lord the heavens were made , and by the breath of his mouth all their host.
Let there be…
God’s Word are Powerful – Used to Defeat His Enemies
Revelation 19:15 – And from His (Jesus’s) mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may smite the nations ; and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God. The Almighty.
Word of God is commonly referred to as a sword: Hebrews 4:12, Ephesians 6:17
The Bible is a Moral Compass (Shows you Right and Wrong)
Psalm 119:9 - How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word .
God Keeps the Promises Found in His Word.
Psalm 89:34 - I [God] will not violate My covenant [most serious kind of promise] or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
Be Kind and Respectful to those Who are Trying to Teach you the Bible…
Galatians 6:6 - One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches.
People Teaching Other People the Bible Need to be Living Godly Lives.
Hebrews 13:7 - Remember your leaders , those who spoke to you the word of God . Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith .
Your spiritual leaders need to be setting a good example.
The Bible is the Source of Our Faith.
Romans 10:17 - So faith comes from hearing , and hearing through the word of Christ .
Our Shield of Faith Helps Us Avoid Believing Lies.
Ephesians 6:16 - In all circumstances take up the shield of faith , with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;
There are MANY lies being told today about God and His people…
God’s Word is Important to God.
Psalm 138:2 - I bow down toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness, for You have exalted above all things Your name and Your word.