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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

"The Word of God: First Principles Series" with Sergio Arguello


The Word of God

What rules do you live your life by?

2 Timothy 3:1-6-17
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

  • ·      The Bible is to be applied to our lives


Hebrews 4:12-13
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. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
  • ·      The Word is relevant today
  • ·      Like a sword, it cuts out sin


2 Peter 1:20-21

20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
  • ·      Like a pencil is used to write, men were used to get the will of God written down. A pencil by itself has no will of its own.

 

John 8:31-32

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.”
·      Intellectual belief is not enough, you must hold to his teachings
·      “Hold” in the verse is much stronger. It is more of a life-saving hold
·      Sincerity does not equal the truth. People can be sincerely wrong. Religious people can be wrong. Our hearts can also change from moment to moment.

 

Matthew 15:1-9

15 Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”
Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
“‘These people honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain;
    their teachings are merely human rules.’”

·      A command of God takes precedence over the tradition of man
·      People may live by tradition rather than the Word of God
·      Worship by tradition can be worship in vain if it nullifies the Word of God

1 Timothy 4:16

16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
·      Life is the way we live. Doctrine is the Word of God. Which is more important?
·      Like the wings on a plane, both are equally important
·      Why is this important? It is a matter of salvation

Acts 17:10-12

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. 12 As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.
·      In Thessalonica, the brothers were chased out of town
·      In contrast, in Berea, the Word was received with greater eagerness
·      Like the Bereans, we have to check what religious leaders are saying.
·      The Berean Challenge: Read and study the bible every day. Write down notes for every sermon. Value God’s Word.

 

James 1:22-25

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.
·      The Word of God helps show us where we really at before God. It shows us what we need to be working on.

John 12:48

48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day.
·      We are not the judge. God is the judge.
·      Judgment is not based on feelings, traditions, or personal convictions. The Word of God is what will judge us.
·      Why study the Bible?

Decision: Will you live by the Bible, or will you continue to live by traditions, feelings, opinions, etc. 

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