12 year old Jesus in the temple
Luke 2 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.
Reading the Bible is not as straightforward as most books!
Old book, different culture or better cultures!
Not 1, but 66 books!
History, poetry, Law, songs, parables, prophecies, letters, doctrine/theology
Old and New Testament?
The first writings date from ca. 1400 BC and the last from 95 AD
Bible is not ordered in chronological way. Reading from cover to cover will be a very confusing experience!
In your prayer time, in small group you are reading and studying the Bible.
Not always an easy task.
Give you some principles to help you study it in a fruitful way.
1.What is the most important thing we can say about the Bible?
John 5:39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me…
Luke 24:25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
The Bible, all the different books, are all about Jesus.
Every books reveals something about Jesus in a more or a lesser way.
Bible is Salvation History, tells us of Gods plan and his acting in history to save the world through His Son Jesus
Read the Bible as a story about Jesus!
Many biblereading plans to help you with that
Many books to help you to read the Bible as a story
2. Everyone who has done Bible study with other christians has got some memories of how it all ended up in long discussions and people arguing over who was right or wrong…
Apostle Paul had lots of experience with that and in his instructions to his disciple, Timothy, he writes:
1 Tim. 1 As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, 4 nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith.5 The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, 7 desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.
speculation rather than stewardship
What is stewardship? “the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care”
What has been given into our care? The Gospel of Jesus Christ! Eternal Life!
Next time you have the urge to drift off in a discussion, remember what has been entrusted to you!
3. Equipped for every good work…
2 Tim. 2:1 You, [Timothy] however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me.12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom[a] you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God[b] may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Discipleship-context! – you have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life…
…the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
input = read scripture
output = good work
equipped = trained, having the necessary tools to do your job
good works? hospitality, care for the poor, share the gospel, be friendly, heal the sick,
I want to finish with a story Jesus told about Bible study…
Mat. 7:24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
There is a house. There is a foundation. What exactly was the foundation again? Can you remember?
Most people say “Jesus”, but Jesus said: hear and DO!
Everyone is building a house, but not everyone has got a solid foundation under their house!
Difference is DO!
When we DO something it means we believe it.
Heal the sick – loads of reports of Jesus healing people, we are his followers!
“You are my friends when you do the things I command you.”
Our aim of reading and studying the Bible should be a transformed life: What can I DO with this?
Our life is changing When we DO things differently than we did them before.
There is always an application!