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Summary: The Bible is intended to be easily understood by the reader.

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Story about understanding the Bible

Turn to 2 Timothy 2:15 This morning we continue our series on

the Bible. We used the term text (ICON/VIDEO) because it speaks of

the ancient text while at the same time speaking of our contemporary

times. In week 1, we discussed the Why? (ICON/3 IMAGES). Why do

we have the Bible? What is it’s purpose? God gave us the Bible

because He had a story to tell, a story of who He is, of His great love for

us, and His wonderful plan for us. Last week we answered the question

How? (ICON/5 IMAGES). 4 principles impact how we got the Bible:

INSPIRATION (ICON/STATEMENT): GOD USED HUMANS TO WRITE

HIS WORD, BUT HE SUPERINTENDED THE PROCESS TO ENSURE

THAT THEY WROTE, WORD FOR WORD, HIS MESSAGE TO US

WITHOUT ANY MIXTURE OF ERROR. We’ll expand on this next week

when we discuss the reliability of the ancient text.

Now this morning we turn our attention to the question: How can

I understand the Bible? (? ICON). I hear that a lot: “Pastor, when I read

the Bible I don’t really understand it.” (2 TIMOTHY ICON/VERSE) 2

TIMOTHY 2:15 “DO YOUR BEST TO PRESENT YOURSELF TO GOD

AS ONE APPROVED, A WORKMAN WHO DOES NOT NEED TO BE

ASHAMED AND WHO CORRECTLY HANDLES THE WORD OF

TRUTH.”

This verse points out some important information for us. Each of

us is building something with our lives. What are you building? Is your

life one that God approves of? The key of course, is in how you handle

the word of God. Jesus said that when we build our lives on His word,

we withstand the storms of life. When we build our lives with and on the

word of God, we bring pleasure to Him.

Now, let me ask you a critical question this morning: Are you

doing your BEST to present yourself to God? Can you correctly and

effectively handle the Word of God? Listen: if you can’t, if you won’t-

don’t call yourself a Christ-follower. If the only intake of God’s word is

what you take in here on Sunday morning, I don’t know what you are, but

you’re not a Christ-follower. Jesus said in John 15, “If you abide in Me

and in my word, you’ll bear fruit, you’ll have your prayers answered,

you’ll be my disciples, my followers.”

Being a studier of the word is not some kind of extra option you

have. Christ-followers are folks who know, understand, and correctly

handle the word of God.

So, having said all of that, many of you struggle with how to get

started; how to study and understand the Bible. So this morning we’re

going to give you some basic tools to help you. 3 tools to help you this

morning:

TOOL #1 OUR INTERPRETER IS THE HOLY SPIRIT JOHN 14:23-

26 JESUS REPLIED, “IF ANYONE LOVES ME, HE WILL OBEY MY

TEACHING. MY FATHER WILL LOVE HIM, AND WE WILL COME TO

HIM AND MAKE OUR HOME WITH HIM. HE WHO DOES NOT LOVE

ME WILL NOT OBEY MY TEACHING. THESE WORDS YOU HEAR

ARE NOT MY OWN; THEY BELONG TO THE FATHER WHO SENT

ME. ALL THIS I HAVE SPOKEN WHILE STILL WITH YOU. BUT THE

COUNSELOR, THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHOM THE FATHER WILL SEND


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