What's the Point? - Part 2 [Notes]

Many in our society today have concluded the church is no longer relevant. They reason that they can turn to other organizations to meet their relational needs, and they can determine their own morality and values by "looking inward." So why bother with the church? Simply, Jesus is excited about building His church, and God's people continue to be the light of the world. What we do and how we are different from the world makes the church essential to a society that is slipping further away from God.

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Today's Takeaway // We can trust that God's Word is true.
God’s words were given through men superintended by the Holy Spirit so that their writings are without error. This fact was virtually taken for granted by the Jews.
– A.D. Litfin
The instruction of the Lord is perfect, renewing one’s life; the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise. The precepts of the Lord are right, making the heart glad; the command of the Lord is radiant, making the eyes light up. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are reliable and altogether righteous. They are more desirable than gold—than an abundance of pure gold; and sweeter than honey, which comes from the honeycomb. In addition, Your servant is warned by them; there is great reward in keeping them.
– Psalm 19:7-11 (HCSB)
1) What does the Bible say about itself?
All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
– 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (HCSB)
Also, regard the patience of our Lord as an opportunity for salvation, just as our dear brother Paul has written to you according to the wisdom given to him. He speaks about these things in all his letters in which there are some matters that are hard to understand. The untaught and unstable twist them to their own destruction, as they also do with the rest of the Scriptures.
– 2 Peter 3:15-16 (HCSB)
2) What did Jesus believe about the Bible?
“Don’t assume that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For I assure you: Until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or one stroke of a letter will pass from the law until all things are accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches people to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
– Matthew 5:17-19 (HCSB)
1) What does the Bible say about itself?
2) What did Jesus believe about the Bible?
3) What does fulfilled prophecy reveal about the Bible?
This is what the Lord, the King of Israel and its Redeemer, the Lord of Hosts, says: I am the first and I am the last. There is no God but Me. Who, like Me, can announce the future? Let him say so and make a case before Me, since I have established an ancient people. Let these gods declare the coming things, and what will take place.
– Isaiah 44:6-7 (HCSB)
Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah; One will come from you to be ruler over Israel for Me.His origin is from antiquity, from eternity.
– Micah 5:2
For dogs have surrounded me; a gang of evildoers has closed in on me; they pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people look and stare at me. They divided my garments among themselves, and they cast lots for my clothing.
– Psalm 22:16-18 (HCSB)
But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds. We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way; and the Lord has punished Him for the iniquity of us all.
– Isaiah 53:5-6 (HCSB)
For You will not abandon me to Sheol; You will not allow Your Faithful One to see decay.
– Psalm 16:10 (HCSB)
1) What does the Bible say about itself?
2) What did Jesus believe about the Bible?
3) What does fulfilled prophecy reveal about the Bible?
4) What does the continuity of the Bible suggest about its Source?
5) What conclusions can we draw from the supernatural effect God’s Word has on people?
For the Word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart.
– Hebrews 4:12 (HCSB)

Discussion Questions //

  1. Where do you think most people get their beliefs on important subjects such as God, sin, heaven and hell, love, etc.?
  2. Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and 2 Timothy 2:15. Do you believe that the culture has changed in terms of its view that the Bible is the Word of God? Explain your answer.
  3. What do you think will happen if our values, beliefs and morals are no longer based upon what is taught in the Bible?
  4. Read Hebrews 4:12 and Ephesians 6:17. Why do you personally believe the Bible is the Word of God? How have you observed the power of God’s Word in your life?
  5. What are some things we can do to encourage people to spend more time reading or studying the Bible?

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