THE WORD OF GOD
Memory Verse: “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).
INTRODUCTION: Apostle Paul states that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God.” Peter confirms this when he explains that “Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21). Thus, the Bible is without contradiction and contains the whole council of God.
The Bible becomes the measuring rod for all beliefs and actions. Isaiah 8:20 states, “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” The Bereans were commended for when Apostle Paul preached the Gospel to them they compared what he preached with the Word of God.
Many people seem to think that if a person is sincere it doesn’t matter whether or not he is right. The Bible admonishes us to be diligent in our study of God’s Word so as to know the truth. It warns against refusing sound doctrine and states that wrong doctrines hinder our Christian growth and can cost us our salvation. Apostle Paul wrote that a wrong concept of the resurrection had overthrown the faith of some (2 Timothy 2:18).
We all start out as babes in Christ. From there we begin our growth in two areas: spiritual maturity and knowledge. The more spiritually mature and knowledgeable we become the stronger and more stable we are. We are to grow in knowledge until we can no longer be tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine.
We also have an obligation to be able to defend the truth. Apostle Paul admonished Titus thusly: “holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching that he may be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict” (Titus 1:9, New American Standard Version).
We are not saved by doctrine or our knowledge, but once we are converted it is important that we acquire a thorough knowledge of God’s Word. We need this knowledge not only for our own protection and stability but to enable us to instruct others in the Word of God.
- What is God’s Word declared to be? John 17:17.
- Why is it still beneficial for us today? Romans15:4.
- Who directed them as they recorded these words? 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
- Is God particular regarding the accuracy of His Word? Revelation 22:18-19. Why?
- How long will God’s Word last? Matthew 5:17-18.
- What will the truth do for us? John 8:31-32.
- How important is sound doctrine? 1Timothy 4:16; Ephesians 4:14.
- Is there a danger when we lose sight of the importance of truth? Hosea 4:6.
- What are some characteristics of sound doctrine? 1Timothy 6:3; Titus 2:1-12.
- What are the benefits of knowing the truth? 1Timothy 4:13-16.
- What will knowledge of the truth enable us to do? 1 Peter 3:15.
- List some areas of the Bible you feel you are capable of explaining.