Why Study the Bible? (Powerful)

post by Sean Perron photo by Sam Hearn

post by Sean Perron | photo by Sam Hearn

Week 2: The Bible’s Power (Parent’s Notes)

  • The Bible should never be boring.
    • Luke 24:32
    • We would pour over a love letter that our “significant other” sent us. Why? The person sending us the letter is valuable to us.
  • “To disobey Scripture is to disobey God.” – Wayne Grudem
    • 1 Timothy 3:16 – Breathed out by God.
    • To believe the Bible incorrectly is to believe something about God that is false.
      • Acts 17:11
  • Readying the Bible allows us to encounter God personally.
    • This is not done to check a box (Nielson, Bible Study, p. 27)
    • Luke 5:8
    • Isaiah 6
  • We must place all of our lives under the authority of the Bible.
    • “We don’t stand over it; we allow the Bible to rule and guide our lives and hearts.” (Nielson, p.28)
    • “To disbelieve God himself is to place yourself as a higher authority with a deeper, more developed understanding on a topic or topics than God himself.” – Grudem
    • Luke 9:26
    • The Bible is Powerful.
      • Hebrews 11:3
      • Isaiah 55:8-11
  • God can cut through the hardest heart using the Scriptures
    • Hebrews 4:12-13
      • The Word is Living
      • The Word penetrates
      • The Word discerns the thoughts
      • The Word exposes
      • When we read the Bible with an open heart, it changes us.
  • “The Words of Scripture can move you to a place of faith in Jesus in which your eternal status before God changes; you go from being under God’s wrath and deserving hell to being a child of God, heading to heaven.”
  • This is why we gather here at youth – to know the God of the Bible.

Small Group Questions:

  1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how interested are you in the Bible are you?
  2. Has God been convicting you about anything in your life recently? Is there any teaching in the Bible that you are struggling to submit your life to?
  3. Do you encounter God through the Bible personally? If so, how often and what do you do during your devotional times?
  4. Do you know someone (yourself, a friend or family member) who has a hard heart towards the Bible? Close by praying for that person specifically.
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