CALL TO WORSHIP:
Leader: Ascribe to the Lord glory and honour.
Come and worship the Lord in holy splendour.
People: To the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
be all honour and glory, now and forever. Amen.
MEDITATION: How to study the Bible. Kevin
What does the book say?
What do we hold in our hands when we read the holy Scriptures? Is it just words of wisdom, of love, or of conduct. Maybe it's just another book. Is it relevant for us today?
What exactly is this book?
Today I would like to Touch on a few significant elements concerning, the Bible.
(A) it's important in the life of the believer.
(B) Why and how we should study it
(C) What effect does it have on the life of a believer when we read it, or when we don't.
No 1 Rule,,,has 4 Parts with one binding agent.
1 what does it say?
2 what does it mean?
3 what does it mean for me?
4 how can I make it meaningful to others?
And binding agent is,,, context, context, context!
Here are a few scripture vs concerning the Scriptures.
1 Ps 119:105. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
2 Ps 119:11. Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I may not sin against the.
3 Heb 4:12. For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two edge sword piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, a both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
4 2 Tim 3:16-17. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and, for training in righteousness. So that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
5 1 Pet 1:25. "But the word of the Lord endures forever".And this is the word which was preached to you.
6 2 Pet 1:20-21. But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
7 Jn 14:23-24. Jesus answered and said to him, "if anyone loves Me he will keep my word, andMy Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words, and the word which you hear Is not Mine, but the
Father Who sent me.
8 2 Tim 1:13. Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
9 2 Tim 2:15. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a Workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately dividing the word of truth.
And finally, our Lord Jesus, the Christ. Is the Living Word!
(A) Lk 4:21.... And he began to say to them, "today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."
(B) Jn 1:1-5.... In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
To conclude, 1st Peter chapter 3 verse 15
But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defence to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence,