DISCIPLESHIP LESSON 5

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Lesson Five: The Word of God 

 
What is the significance of the Bible in my life? 
 
We are greatly privileged to have an absolute written authority from God Himself – the Bible. Apart from the scriptures we would not know who Jesus Christ is or what He has accomplished on our behalf. The Bible not only reveals the way of salvation, it provides an absolutely authoritative standard by which we’re to govern every detail of our lives. It is impossible to live the Christian life and grow spiritually apart from the influence of that Book. This lesson is intended to give you a basic knowledge of what you possess in the word of God and how its truths should serve to guide your every day life.  

 
      I.      The Very Words of God are Pure and Absolutely Reliable 
 
            A.     The word of God is given by inspiration of God (2 Timothy 3:15-17, Proverbs 30:5-6). 

           B.     The words of scripture have been preserved to every generation (Psalm 12:6-7, 119:160, Matthew 24:35, Isaiah 40:8).  

            This is very important. The inspired words of God were not destroyed thousands of years ago when the originals ceased to exist.  

            The words of God are perfectly preserved in the King James Bible.  

                  a.      The KJB comes from the right ancient manuscripts – from Antioch where believers were first called Christians (Acts 11:26). 

                  b.      The KJB is the Bible of the Reformation and every major revival in modern church history (Revelation 3:8).  

                  c.      The distribution of the KJB has exceeded one-billion copies and has been translated in to over 300 foreign languages. 

                  d.      There are over 200 modern English Bible versions on the market and none has been the source of a real national revival.  

           C.     The words of scripture are never to be altered or removed by men (Deuteronomy 4:2, Proverbs 30:5-6, Revelation 22:18-19).  

           D.    The written word of God is even “more sure” than an audible voice from heaven (2 Peter 1:16-21).  

 
 This means that all doctrines and experiences must be judged by the infallible standard of the Bible.  

 
    II.         The Bible is the Greatest Book Ever Written 
 
            A.     It is unified. Though the Bible is like a library (with 66 books) it is still one Book. It was penned by 40 different writers over a period of
                     about 2,000 years, and yet it never contradicts itself.  

           B.     It is prophetically accurate. One of the greatest proofs of inspiration is fulfilled prophecy (Isaiah 46:10). From the rise and fall of
                    kingdoms, to the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, no other book on earth is able to tell the future with absolute accuracy and
                    one hundred percent fulfillment.  

           C.     It is scientifically accurate. Science is just catching up to the Bible in many ways. The Bible speaks of “the circle of the earth” (Isaiah 40:22),
                     which hangs “upon nothing” (Job 26:7). It speaks of underwater sea currents (Psalm 8:8), wind currents and the water cycle (Ecclesiastes 1:6-7),
                     and even the Second Law of Thermodynamic (Hebrews 1:10-12). All of these things were written in scripture thousands of years before they were
                     discovered by “modern science”.  

           D.    It is historically accurate. It has been said that every time another piece of dirt is moved in the Middle East they discover some new way
                    in which the Bible is true. The world-wide flood of Noah’s day is attested to in some 250 ancient world histories. Many of the cities and locations
                    named in the Bible have only recently been discovered by archeologists.  

            E.    It is indestructible. No book has ever been so hated and yet so widely distributed. Roman Caesars and Communist Dictators have sought
                    to destroy it and scholars have attempted to discredit it, but to no avail. It is the most widely published book in the earth’s history.  

    III.       The Word of God is Active in Salvation 
 
             A.     It is the agency of the new birth (1 Peter 1:23, James 1:18, 21).  

            B.     It is the source of true faith (Romans 10:17).  

            C.     It is the vehicle of the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).  

 Apart from the scriptures we wouldn’t even know who Jesus Christ is. In order for a man to be saved he must believe what the Bible says about his sin
 and God’s Son.  

 
     IV.       The Word of God Provides the Believer with Nourishment, Scripture is often likened to food (Job 23:12, Jeremiah 15:16). As you can see below
                 the Bible provides every believer with a well-balanced spiritual diet.  

            A.     Water (Isaiah 55:10-11, Ephesians 5:26) 

            B.     Bread (Luke 4:4) 

            C.     Milk (1 Peter 2:2) 

            D.    Meat (1 Corinthians 3:1-2, Hebrews 5:13-14) 

            E.    Apples (Proverbs 7:2, 25:11) 

            F.     Honey (Psalm 119:103) 

            G.    Vegetables (Psalm 78:24) 

 
      V.      The Word of God Cleanses the Believer  

              It has been aptly said that “That Book will keep you from sin, or your sin will keep you from that Book.” The word of God is an essential
              cleansing agent in which we should wash regularly (John 15:3, 17:17, Psalm 119:9, 11).  

 
      VI.       The Word of God Must Be Spiritually Discerned 
 
                 Reading the Bible is not like reading a textbook or a newspaper. The Bible is a spiritual book (John 6:63). This means it must be 
                 spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:9-16).  

             A.     The Holy Spirit is our teacher and guide in Bible study (John 14:26, 16:13-15, 1 John 2:27). None but the author of any given
                      work is perfectly qualified to interpret its content.  

            B.     The Bible is a self-defining, self-interpreting book. We discover its meaning by comparing scripture with scripture (1 Corinthians 2:13).  

            C.     The other foremost key to Bible study is to obey the word (John 7:17).  

 
       VII.      The Word of God Must Be Applied Personally  
 
              A.     God did not give us the Bible just to fill our heads with knowledge (1 Corinthians 8:1). The word of God is intended to make 
                       us godly (1 Timothy 3:16-17).  

              B.     Understanding everything is not what is primarily important. There are some things you may not be prepared to understand (John 16:12).
                       Be patient; God will show you these things when you are ready. The most important thing to remember is to put into practice what you do 
                       understand (James 1:22-25).