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Summary: The Bible and its relevance for our life

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“The new minister was asked to teach a boys’ class in the absence of the regular teacher. He decided to see what they knew, so he asked who knocked down the walls of Jericho. All the boys denied having done it, and the preacher was appalled by their ignorance. At the next deacons’ meeting he told about the experience. "Not one of them knows who knocked down the walls of Jericho," he lamented. The group was silent until finally one seasoned veteran of disputes spoke up. "Preacher, this appears to be bothering you a lot. But I’ve known all those boys since they were born and they’re good boys. If they said they didn’t know, I believe them. Let’s just take some money out of the repair and maintenance fund, fix the walls, and let it go at that.”

The Bible has been the focus of many arguments and discussions since its beginning thousands of years ago. The Bible is many things to many people. We as Christian’s must use its contents to help guide us through our Christian walk.

1. THE BIBLE IS:

• PROFITABLE FOR DOCTRINE

i. (Teaching; What is Right)

• The Bible should be our roadmap for living, a guide for life’s decisions, problems and success in the Lord

• The Bible is right for teaching Doctrine or What is Right

a. DOCTRINE: “In a general sense, whatever is taught. Hence, a principle or position in any science; whatever is laid down as true by an instructor or master. The doctrines of the gospel are the principles or truths taught by Christ and his apostles.”

• As we can see from this definition, doctrine can be laid down by virtually anyone; it is the content of the doctrine and its ability to teach the ones hearing it as to whether or not it is sound.

• Since the doctrine of the Holy Bible is what Christians and ultimately this church go by, then it is paramount that we study its teachings and follow its lead

• There have been many “doctrines” that have been taught over the years, but few that lead into the obedience of God the Creator

a. II Peter 2:1 “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”

b. Our society has been inundated with false teachings and doctrines contrary to the teachings of the Bible

II Timothy 4:3 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;”

• Cults offer a deadly alternative to the sound doctrines taught by the Bible

Matthew 22:33 “And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at this doctrine.”

• The DOCTRINE that Jesus taught is the doctrine by which we must act upon in our life

• If the Bible is profitable for doctrine or teaching what is right, then we must obey its teachings, and act upon its commissions

2. THE BIBLE IS:

• FOR REBUKING (REPROOF):

• (What is Wrong)

• Rebuke: “To chide; to reprove; to reprehend for a fault; to check by reproof”


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