God’s Word Transforms
The goal of Scripture is to bring us into relationship with the Author and transform us into His likeness.(Ps. 119:105; Matt. 4:4; 2 Cor. 3:15-18; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; James 1:22-25 )
We encounter God in the Word, and faith is released into our lives. As we study Scripture, it empowers us who God is, who we are and how He wants us to live.(Ps. 119:105; Matt. 7:24-28; John 8:31-32; John 17:17; Rom. 10:17; Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 10:1-13; 1 Thess. 2:13; Col. 3:15-17)
The Word of God is the source of infallible authority by which we judge all insight and prophetic revelation.(Prov. 30:5-6; Matt. 22:29; John 8:31-32; Col. 1:6-9; 2 Thess. 2:13-15; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:16-21)
What does it look like?
The Bible should lead us to an ever-growing relationship with Jesus.(Job 42:5; John 1:14; John 14:6)
It is through relationship and empowerment by the Holy Spirit that we accurately experience and apply the Bible.(John 16:12-15; 2 Cor. 3:6)
A Christian becomes alive, and should be transformed, when he hears and acts on the “now” words of God”.(Rom. 10:17; Heb. 4:2; Matt. 14:27-29; Is. 55:11)
God’s promises are always “yes and amen” for the believer in Christ.(2 Cor. 1:20)
When we declare God’s words, we release Him to transform the world.(Prov. 18:21; James 3:4; Joel 3:10; Is. 54:1; Mark 4:39; Acts 3:6-7)
Reading the Word in a Holy Spirit-filled community helps guard people from deception.(John 16:12-15; 1 Cor. 2:9-11; John 4:1; Matt. 7:15; 1 Cor. 12:10)
We need to keep listening and asking God questions because God can reveal more truth over time.(Gen. 22; Gen. 18:16-33; James 1:5; Matt. 7:7-12)
We interpret the Bible through the person of Jesus.(John 1:14; John 14:9; Col. 2:9; Heb. 1:3)
We are not saying…
…God is absolutely boxed in by our current understanding of His Word.(Judges 16; John 8:1-11; Matt. 12:1-13)
…encountering God is more important than reading, studying and applying the Word.(2 Tim. 2:15; Rom. 6:13; Prov. 22:29)
…it’s impossible for a Christian to be deceived.(Gal. 3:1; 1 John 4:1)
…we shouldn’t judge or question biblical truth.(1 John 4:1; Matt. 7:15-20)
…the devil can’t use Scripture to deceive a Christian.(James 2:19; Matt. 4:1-11)
…every word in the Bible should be applied directly.(2 Cor. 3:6; Matt. 5:30)
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