A Light for my Path (Part 5) “How to Study the Bible Today?” (Psalms 119:105 & 2 Timothy 2:15)
Theme: Steps to studying the Bible any believer can follow
Introduction: Did you know that you exist to glorify God? In fact, It is the calling of every human being to glorify God. This is why we were created and why we exist. (Isa. 43: 6,7; 1 Cor. 10:310) How do we do that? We do it, by knowing Him accurately in our thoughts. We do it, by enjoying Him intensely in our emotions (as we walk with Him). And, we do it, by reflecting Him appropriately and consistently in our actions. The truth is, those who neglect this truth, forfeit the accurate knowledge of God, are turned over by God to foolish, purposeless lives and thinking. (Rom. 1:21). So, The best way for us gain the knowledge of God that will lead us to lives that glorify God, is through the study of the Bible, God’s word! There are tremendous things that await you as you take on the task and reward of reading and studying the Bible! So, “How do we study the Bible today?” I want to show you four things today that will help you correctly and productively, study the Bible today.
Conclusion: When we view the Bible as a lifeline designed to help us know God, glorify God and keep you safe through the storms of life, we’ll begin to take hold of it more seriously. Only then will we read it, interpret it, meditate on it and teach it like it is the tremendous recourse for life that it is!
My prayer is – through this study, you have regained a hunger and thirst for discovering the riches of God’s word.
That you will commit to the daily reading, studying and filling of your mind and life with God’s truth…
A Light for my Path (Part 4) “Who Can Study the Bible Today?” (Psalms 119:105 & 1 Peter 2:1, 2)
Theme: The Bible is written primarily to believers
Introduction: We live in a unique time in terms of information. Anyone can say anything. There is so much information, so many people creating it, and so many agendas behind it. (You may wondering, who is policing all of this information? The answer is nobody. And everybody. But, you, yourself, are responsible for determining what information you are consuming and what you do about it. (This is why “daily” reading, studying and obeying the Bible is so important!) The purpose of this pulpit ministry is stimulate the people in seats! I want you to read, study and obey the word of God so you can know, it, live it and share it with others! This is what Paul reminded young Timothy to do. He wrote…(2 Tim 2:2) Someone says, “Well I just find it difficult and there are too many distractions that keep me from the Bible.” let me give you some facts you need to know: First, We read and study the Bible to know “God’s voice (2 Tim. 3:16, 17; Hos 4:1, 6) (Prov. 1:20-33; Rom. 12;2; Eph. 4:23; Phil 1:9; 4:8b; Col. 1:10; 2 Pe. 3:18; 2 Tim. 3:17; Prov. 24:13- 14a) To do otherwise is to put ourselves at risk! Secondly, We read and study the Bible to live it. (Lk 11:28; Jn 14:15; 1 Jn 5:3) (Deut. 5:29; Josh. 1:8; Isa. 55:9-11; Ps. 138:2; 119:1, 2,11). So, we need to read and study the Bible to hear God’s voice and obey it…This is the most important information for us to be filled with today! And, the truth is, anyone with these six qualifications can successfully study the Bible today! (first…)
Conclusion: We live in a unique time in terms of information. But, the most important information we have at our disposal today, is the word of God. But, you have to be the right “who” to study the Bible or the “how” won’t matter. For today, let’s make sure we are one who can study the Bible today? If you are, and you will, it will be a productive and life-changing experience for you! (Will you commit to it?)
A Light for my Path (Part 3) “Finding what I need in the Bible Today” (Part 2) (Psalms 119:105)
Theme: The Bible is our source of growth, power and guidance
Introduction: One of the greatest privileges and joys of being a Christian is the blessing of being able to fill ourselves up with the Word of God. Reading, studying and obeying the word of God is the key to our relationship and walk with God and the successful Christian life. The Bible is the word of God and it is how our Lord show us who He is. The Bible is one of the clearest ways the Lord guide us and lead us to know His, will, His ways and it is a light to our path. David knew what we should know. (Ps. 139:14-17) God has a pre-recorded plan and a will for your life and the best way to know and follow that will is to read, study and obey His word! God wants us to discover the riches of His word and to live by them and to do so for our benefit.In the bible, I can find all I need for today…
Conclusion: May we take the Bible, and love it, read it and carry it in our hearts, assuring ourselves in the fact that it is the truth! If we will, the Bible will grow us, feed us, lead us and teach us all the way home to Heaven so that we can be like Apollos! (Ac. 18:24)
A Light for my Path (Part 2) “Finding what I need in the Bible Today” (Part 1) (Psalms 119:105)
Theme: The Bible is our source of Truth, happiness and victory
Introduction: What do you look to for answers? Who do you turn to for guidance? Where do you look for wisdom, answers and help? There are some people who don’t think they need any help. But, then there are some of us (I am one) who think, God wants to lead us and guide us. We believe God wants to show us, guide us lead us know His, will, His ways and His truth. And, that God wants us to live His truth and to do so for our benefit. You may be asking or thinking – “Well what is truth? Jesus prayed to the Father in John 17:17 and said, “God’s word is truth!” Me, Jesus and many others today believe “truth” has a very simple definition. “Truth is what is whatever God says is truth.” The Good news is, God has given us, who want to follow Him, a guide to truth (the Holy Spirit). And God has given us a source of truth (The Bible, which is God’s word).
Today, in the first part of a two part message, I want to share with you how you can find the truth and anything else you need in the Bible today. How is that possible? It is possible when we first recognize…
Conclusion: What do you look to for answers? Who do you turn to for guidance? Where do you look for wisdom, answers and help? There are some people who don’t think they need any help. But, for those of us (I am one) who think, God wants to lead us and guide us. We need to make a commitment to the daily reading, studying and obeying of God’s Word because it is our source of truth, joy and victory! If these are things you want in your daily life, you can make that commitment today too! Because, it is only by reading, studying and obeying the word of God, that “…we find what we need in the Bible today!”
A Light for my Path (Part 1) “Why Study the Bible Today? (Psalms 119:105 & 2 Timothy 3:16)
Theme: Discovering the reliability and authority of God’s word today
Introduction: As we begin our new sermon series, we are confronted with a question; “Why study the Bible today?” I can assure you there are a number of reasons to study the Bible today among which are; God does not intend for us to wander around in the darkness of life wondering what we are supposed to do, where we are supposed to go, and who we are supposed to be. In a dark world we have the flashlight of God’s truth to guide us, and to help us to guide others. This is why over the next five weeks, I want to spend time showing us how every Christian can read, study, dig into and get out of the Bible the riches God has given us in His word. The word of God is a tremendous resource for the believer… and today I want to give you six reasons why we should each study the Bible “God’s word” today…
Conclusion: What is the Bible to you? For today, ask the Lord to help you simply settle the issue that the Bible is the, Word of God. Accepting that by faith will be a great benefit to you because what we believe determines what we do. And we should study the Bible today!