Establishing the scriptures as the standard for our lives.
To establish the scriptures as the standard for our lives.
Key Scripture (2 Timothy 3:14-17 NIV): 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
What does it mean for scripture to be “God-breathed”?
Do you believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God?
marriage, parenting, work, finances, decision-making, relationships, etc.
Do you see the Bible as relevant and useful to you?
Key Scripture (James 1:21-25 NIV): 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
Question: What is the function of a mirror and how does this apply to our spiritual lives?
Key Scripture (Matthew 15:1-9 NIV): 1 Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, 2 “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”
3 Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ 5 But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ 6 they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. 7 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: 8 “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 9 They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’”
Important Takeaway: Many of us have grown up learning and practicing religious traditions, some of which may
contradict scripture, Jesus says we are worshipping “in vain.”
for hearts that value his commands over man-made traditions.
Question: How might tradition come between us and doing the will of God?
Key Scripture (Acts 17:10-11 NIV): 10 As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
Question: What qualities listed in this passage indicate that the Bereans were noble?
they checked the scriptures themselves.
Key Scripture (1 Timothy 4:16 NIV): 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
Important Takeaway: God cares about our life (how we live and the choices we make) and our doctrine (what we believe). So we need to pay careful attention to both.
Key Scripture (John 8:31-32 NIV): 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Important Takeaway: Holding to his teachings goes beyond mere obedience – it is to “abide” or “remain” or “continue” in his word. We hold God’s word close to our hearts and live our lives immersed in it.