Summary: God’s Word was given to help us get back on track and learn how to stay there.
Getting On Track and Staying There
God’s Purpose For The Bible
All Scripture is God-breathed (inspired) and is useful (profitable) for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Tim. 3:16-17 (NIV)
1- Do you ever feel like you have lost your direction?
2- There is power in purpose! (Mission - Vision!)
3- Aimlessness is probably the most costly of human traits. (Even more than laziness!)
4- God has a reason for all that He does – this certainly includes the Bible.
The Bible was given for several very clear reasons. (Help you get your life on track and stay there!)
1- Bible Was Given To Use Past Experience For Teaching. (1 Cor. 10:1-12)
(Explains How We Got/Get Off the Track!!!!)
1.) To teach us through the mistakes others have made! (Don’t re-invent the wheel spiritually)
2.) You do not have to make those mistakes again. (2 Tim 3:17)
Mt 22:29 Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. (NIV)
3.) The Bible is the Great Guidebook to life and eternity. (Character – personality – relationships)
2 TIM 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
2- The Bible Was Given To Confirm the Deity of Christ.
JOHN 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (NIV)
1.) The claims made in the Bible are unquestionable! [*See notes on Son of God]
2.) God’s Word was given to prove that Jesus was the genuine Savior of the world
Joh 5:39 You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, (NIV)
3- The Bible Was Written To Give us Knowledge of Eternal Life. (On Track!!!)
1 JOHN 5:13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. (NIV)
1.) You can know that you have eternal life!
and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 2 Tim 3:15 (NIV)
2.) You should know! [Without excuse!]
3.) You must know, if you have any hope of ever being saved!
4.) Illus. Ency card # 4403
4- The Bible Was Given To Bring Hope to Men. (Staying on Track!!!)
ROM 15:4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (NIV)
1.) If we need anything it is a little HOPE that we can make it!
2.) God is “able” to get you through!!!!
Heb 7:25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. (NIV)
3.) The greatest hope comes in the form of confidence in the return of Jesus!
TITUS 2:13 while we wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,
4.) We can have this hope because Jesus is not dead but Alive.