Romans 11: 36 - For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.
Is your body prepared to accomplish your mission on earth?
John 5:17 - But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.
- As we follow the example of Jesus, are we prepared for this work?
- Are you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually ready? In shape?
Romans 12:1 - And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.
- Because your body is a gift, give it back to God, in response to His gift, because He gave His life for you. Follow His example.
- Yes, you will have to give up some things you want and that’s a sacrifice. But it will be a holy one. One that He accepts.
- This is true worship. Worship is to find someone worthy. To presents your whole self to God is true worship.
Bread of Life
John 6:22-37 - The next day the crowd that had stayed on the far shore saw that the disciples had taken the only boat, and they realized Jesus had not gone with them. 23 Several boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the Lord had blessed the bread and the people had eaten. 24 So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went across to Capernaum to look for him. 25 They found him on the other side of the lake and asked, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”26 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. 27 But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.” 28 They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?” 29 Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” 30 They answered, “Show us a miraculous sign if you want us to believe in you. What can you do? 31 After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! The Scriptures say, ‘Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, Moses didn’t give you bread from heaven. My Father did. And now he offers you the true bread from heaven. 33 The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 “Sir,” they said, “give us that bread every day.” 35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me. 37 However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.
- They wanted a free meal and challenged Him to do miraculous sign
- God doesn’t have to prove anything to you. He is God, whether you choose to believe in Him or not. He is seated on the throne, whether you choose to honor Him or not.
Jesus said, "I am the bread of life."
What are you feeding on? As parents we carefully monitor what our babies eat (food, media, etc). As our kids grow up, we give up. We need to monitor what our teens are eating. We need to monitor what we eat too!
People do not live by bread alone
Matthew 4:4 - But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Jesus is described in John 1 as the "Word of God"
- God has given us the scriptures so that we can find nourishment in them.
- So that we can grow. Not just spiritually but mentally and emotionally.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 - All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Thoroughly equipped—Are you prepared?
- We’re not sure where to start. Or stop for that matter.
- How much should I read?
- What should I read?
- What do I do with what I just read?
- Do I need to setup a library in my house with commentaries, bible dictionaries, concordances?
- Do I have to learn Greek and Hebrew?
…isn’t this why we pay pastors? Do I really need to do any of this at all?
If we are going to be prepared and equipped, then we must know how to approach Scripture.
Goal: The goal of bible study is to grasp the meaning of the text as God has intended. We do not create meaning out of a text; rather, we seek to find the meaning that is already there.
Not 1 Book… It’s 66 Books
1400 BC —> 68 AD = ~1600 years
40 different writers —> One Story = REDEMPTION
2 Timothy 3:16-17 - "All Scripture is God-breathed..."
Divisions: Old (39 books) & New (27 books) Testament [Testament = Covenant]
Old Testament: History of ancient Israel, and God’s covenant with them.
New Testament: History of the ancient church
The Gospels & Acts
Pentateuch (Law of Moses)
Wisdom and Poetry
Major prophets & Minor prophets
What separates the two? JESUS
STEPS: “THE INTERPRETIVE JOURNEY” BY DUVALL AND HAYS
1. Grasp the Text in their Town
What did the text mean to the biblical audience?
2. Measuring the Width of the River to Cross
What are the differences between the biblical audience and us?
3. Cross the Principlizing Bridge
What is the theological principle in this text?
- The principle should…
- be reflected in the text.
- be timeless and not tied to a specific situation.
- not be bound to one particular culture.
- correspond to the teaching of the rest of Scripture.
- be relevant to both the biblical audience and the contemporary audience.
4. Consult the Biblical Map
How does our theological principle fit with the rest of the Bible?
- Is your principle consistent with the rest of Scripture?
- Do other portions of Scripture add insight or qualification to the principal?
5. Grasping the Text in Our Town
How should individual Christians today apply the theological principle in their lives?
Jesus said rebuking those who did not believe Him, “You search the scriptures because you think that will give you eternal life. But the scriptures point to me! Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life.” John 5:39-40
The word of God leads to the Word of God (the Christ)
Ezekiel 3:1-3 - The voice said to me, “Son of man, eat what I am giving you—eat this scroll! Then go and give its message to the people of Israel.” 2 So I opened my mouth, and he fed me the scroll. 3 “Fill your stomach with this,” he said. And when I ate it, it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.
Father this is my one body I put on the whole armor of God to protect it for your work I drink deeply of the living water that you have placed in me so that I may live by the spirit. I choose to believe your word as my nourishment…
1 Corinthians 1:18 – “The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.”
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