Believe Series – Session 13 – Bible Study
What is hidden in your heart ?
George Methodist Church
8am and 10 am
With Peter Veysie
29th April 2018
Psalm 119: 9 -24
Key idea: I study the Bible to know God and His truth and to find direction for my daily life.
Key Verse : For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow, it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
The clip from Wayne Cordeiro
New years resolutions to read the Word.
Did anyone commit to a New Years resolution of reading through the Bible in a year? This is a pretty popular resolution in Christian circles (along with the usual losing weight, getting in shape, quit smoking/drinking, get organized, etc.).
Last week Reuben talked about prayer being our communication link with God, if we follow Jesus’
examples we would pray in the morning and evening and in between. We would pray with an
intense purpose. He reminded you that prayer is not transactional but rather relational and gave you a tool which I gave to him from a mentor who gave it to me – ACTS.
Bible study is where we find God’s direction for our lives.
Completely understanding the Bible, like prayer, can take a lifetime (or many life times) to fully comprehend, understand, appreciate, articulate, apply… There are so many books written on the Bible, commentaries and apps from Youversion to Bible In One Year to eSword etc…. Across the country as we sit here, there are preachers and teachers talking about the Bible.
Tozer quote from the Pursuit of God.
“Christian theology teaches the doctrine of prevenient grace, which, briefly stated, means that before a man can seek God, God must first have sought the man. Before a sinful man can think a right thought of God, there must have been a work of enlightenment done within him. Imperfect it may be, but a true work nonetheless, and the secret cause of all desiring and seeking and praying which may follow. We pursue it is by this prevenient drawing that God takes from us every vestige of credit for the act of coming. The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him. We have almost forgotten that God is a person and, as such, can be cultivated as any person can. It is inherent in personality to be able to know other personalities, but full knowledge of one personality by another cannot be achieved in one encounter. It is only after long and loving mental intercourse that the full possibilities of both can be explored. All social intercourse between human beings is a response of personality to personality, grading upward from the most casual brush between man and man to the fullest, most intimate communion of which the human soul is capable. The moment the Spirit has quickened us to life in regeneration our whole being senses its kinship to God and leaps up in joyous recognition. That is the heavenly birth without which we cannot see the kingdom of God. It is, however, not an end but an inception, for now begins the glorious pursuit, the heart’s happy exploration of the infinite riches of the Godhead. That is where we begin, I say, but where we stop no man has yet discovered, for there is in the awful and mysterious depths of the Triune God neither limit nor end”.
So where do we begin? What does the Bible say about itself?
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
If the word of God’s is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword – why is it so hard to read ? Why do we struggle trying to understand what it says? Can this ancient book be relevant today ? Can the Bible help me with my daily struggles and provide me with clear direction in my life?
Let’s be honest, sometimes we all find ourselves struggling when we read the Bible… sometimes we come away with more questions than answers. There are passages that even the “great” theologians debate back and forth concerning the actual meaning, how then can I understand it?
What should we do? Start with prayer (remember God wants to hear from you, be honest and truthful, tell him your struggles with reading the Bible, ask for guidance and wisdom).
Remember a key memorization passage from lesson 4?
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
If the Bible is God breathed, then all of it is important – from the first word in
Genesis to the last word in Revelation. Many times we like cherry picking certain passages and disregarding others – this is true in today’s culture and in our churches. If we are going to truly understand what God wants for us then all Scripture should be explored.
In the Old Testament God instructed the Israelites to teach the law (the law is referring to the first 5 books in the Bible).
Deuteronomy 31:9-13 Then Moses wrote this law and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi, who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and to all the elders of Israel. And Moses commanded them, “At the end of every seven years, at the set time in the year of release, at the Feast of Booths, when all Israel comes to appear before the LORD your God at the place that he will choose, you shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing. Assemble the people, men, women, and little ones, and the sojourner within your towns, that they may hear and learn to fear the LORD your God, and be careful to do all the words of this law, and that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as you live in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.”
The Feast of Booths is a Jewish celebration remembering God’s deliverance and provision from Egypt. During the 8 day celebration the Israelites would live in booths or tabernacles made of tree branches (kind of like camping). Clear instructions were given to read, learn and live the law given by God.
Psalm 119: 9 -24 (Hebrew poetry) talks all about God’s word – here are some reasons why it’s important to read the Bible:
- Stay on the path – live according to the Word. Vs 9
- Seek the Lord with all of your heart – reading with head and heart. Vs 10
- Hide the word in your heart so that you will not sin against the Lord. hear, receive meditate. Verse 11. The trigger in our minds that allows us to remain faithful.
- Teach me your ways – show me your ways that I may walk in them. Vs 12
- With your lips recount the word – learn it and repeat it until you know it. Vs 13
- Delight in the Word Vs 14
- Meditate vs 15
- Open my eyes to see. Scripture Debbie
- Let your soul become consumed with a desire for God. Vs 20
- Let the Word be your counsellor vs 24.
Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
If we are doing the BELIEVE series with a goal of thinking, acting and believing like Jesus – then
here are some examples of things that Jesus did with Scripture:
In the New Testament Jesus quoted Scripture when he was tempted by the devil… see Luke
Jesus quotes or references Scripture many times (good reason to memorize