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Strengthening Your Walk – Lesson 1: The Importance of the Word

Scripture Text: John 1:1-14

Memory Verse: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”  John 1:1

Lesson Aim: To highlight the importance and power of the Word in the life of the believer.

The memory verse speaks of the “Word” that was in the beginning, that was with and that was God. The Word embodies the personage, character, plan, and eternal purpose of God which will never fail, for it is the very expression of God Himself. John 1:14 also states that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus is the Word and Colossians 2:9 describes Him as being the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

The Word is the same as God and is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The Word is creative, self- fulfilling, powerful, true, inerrant, infallible, complete, and life-giving. It is trustworthy and sure. God’s Word is settled forever in heaven. Earth and heaven may pass away, but the Word of God will never pass away (Luke 21:33).

God’s power is in His Word and the Spirit of God is the breath of God. It is impossible to speak without breathing. Therefore, all creation is the result of the Word of God going forth through His Spirit (God’s breath).

The Word is the consistent, absolute standard by which all other expressions, concepts, revelations, doctrines, decrees, preaching or teachings, and prophecies are measured. The Word reveals God and portrays His eternal principles and ordinances.

No angel, no human, no devil, or any other power in the whole universe can keep the Word from eternally being and becoming all it proclaims.

The Word must be the sole source and foundation of our beliefs. Our success in overcoming depends on the Word because the Word is a mighty weapon of warfare. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

Members of the Body of Christ should value the Holy Bible because it contains the substantive record of the Word of God. We should cherish it and hide it in our hearts to avoid sinning against God. In addition, we should memorize the Word and audibly declare and live by it.

Interact with God’s Word:

  1. Why is the Word of God so important? Psalm 119:140, 160; 138:2; John 1:1, 14; Hebrews 1:1-2; Luke 4:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  2. Identify 11 outstanding functions or attributes of the Word of God in the following scriptures: Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 30:5; Jeremiah 23:29; John 17:17; Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12
  3. What did Jesus say about the words He spoke? Matthew 7:24-25; 24:35; John 6:63
  4. Discuss the following New Testament Scriptures, i.e., how their fulfillment requires the believer to practice memorization, meditation, confession and profession of the  Word  of    John  15:7;  Mark 11:23-24; James 5:15; 1 John 5:14
  5. Why is Bible reading and study so important? 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Timothy 4:12-16