Thursday, January 28, 2010

Core Beliefs

The Bible

Bible: Scriptures Author
The author of the Bible was God - written by men under divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Breathed out by God or God breathed. Romans 3:2 calls Scripture the "Oracles of God".

2 Peter 1:21 - "for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God."

2 Timothy 3:16 - "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;"
(See also: Jeremiah 36:1-2; Ezekiel 1:3; Revelation 1:1, 1:10-11, 14:13).

Bible: Scriptures Trustworthiness
God proved Himself trustworthy in His dealings with the Israelites (1 Kings 8:56), so also He will prove Himself trustworthy in His dealings with us. What He has said, He will do.

Isaiah 55:11 - "So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it."
(See also: Ezekiel 12:25)

Bible: Scriptures Endurance
The Word has endured all things and will for eternity. The Word will endure forever (Literally - FOREVER). Because God Himself is eternal, that which He speaks never changes. Because the Bible is that which God has spoken, its truths are eternal.

Isaiah 40:8 - "The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever."
(See also: Psalm 119:89; Matthew 24:35; 1 Peter 1:25).

Bible: Scriptures Intended Use
All Scripture is relevant. All answers to life's situations and guidance through life's seasons can be found in Scripture. ALL! All things that pertain to God - His attributes - His character - All are found in Scripture. God has revealed Himself through it.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 - "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."

Emphasis added: 2 Timothy 3:16 & 17 – "All (Old Testament AND New Testament) Scripture is inspired by God (God breathed) and profitable for teaching (when we lack knowledge), for reproof (when we sin), for correction (when we err), for training in righteousness (when, spiritually, we are out of shape); so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."

The Word of God is sharp and precise, equipped for surgery, cutting deep into the sinners soul.

Hebrews 4:12 - "For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart."

Bible: Scriptures Importance in Your Life
How intentional are you in your studying of God's Word? How important is it to you?

1 Peter 2:2 - "like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation"

In this passage the words '"long for" come from the Greek verb epipatheo, which means strong desire, a craving, a longing, a compelling desire!

The same verb is used in the Psalm 42:1 - "As the deer pants after the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, oh God."

In the Book of James, we are called to be doers of the Word.

James 1:21-25 - "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. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

How can we be 'doers' of anything, if we have not knowledge of what we must do? Seek His face this day. Ask God to ignite a fervent desire and thirst for His Word.

In Christ,

Saved by Grace

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