THE BIBLE: Preview of Encounter week June 24th-27th

The usefulness of God’s Word in our lives.

The Bible is essential for man to explore because it teaches who we really are, who we really need and who we should really be. Now, depending on how you respond to the Gospel determines the usefulness of the Gospel in your life.  “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile (Romans 1:16).”  If we accept what Jesus has done it is salvation, if we don’t the gospel is foolishness.   The Bible is useful because it teaches us…

  1. Who we really are.  We are sinners who deserve to be punished for our sins.  God is a just judge who like any just judge punishes the evildoer, the one in the wrong.  Whether we like it or not, we are the one in the wrong.
  2. Who we really need is Jesus.  Jesus took the penalty of our sins on the cross.  Jesus transferred the wrath that should be for us to His son, who was sinless and able to be a pleasing sacrifice to cover for the sins of the entire world.  This transaction saves all who put their faith in Christ.  We were saved by Jesus from our sinful inheritance and destruction.   With new identity, with a new life comes now a new way of living.
  3. Who we really should be.  The Bible teaches us who His Children are and how they should live.   Who we really should be is entirely found in Jesus.  The Bible points us to salvation in Jesus who justifies us, no longer are we condemned because of our sins.  Jesus’ death on the cross, corrected what sin had corrupted.    Then we have the Spirit of God and the scriptures to guide us into holy, righteous and proper living.  Living good lives isn’t the answer because man’s definition of morals is not always God’s definition of holy living.  Holy living is whatever our Holy God says is good.  The Bible teaches and encourages the holiness and purity that God desires in us.  We are not made holy by reading the Bible but by applying it.  So, what purifies us is the work of Christ on the cross, but what teaches us how to worship and serve God with our lives is applying the truth of God’s Word to our lives (John 17).  Knowledge of the Bible teaches us how to live, but applying or obeying what we read is how we live as we are supposed to.  God teaches us through His word how we ought to conduct ourselves in every manner, including how we live with the Spirit of God, not against Him.

We live in a world that does not know how to live for God nor does it encourage it.  But, no fear my friends, we have the Bible which points us to Salvation in Christ and instructs us in Holy living as a child 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.

(This is just a sample of what our direction is for this week.)

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