Basics: What is the Bible?

Basics: What is the Bible

What is the Bible?

The Authority of the Bible

2 Timothy 3:16, all scripture is breathed out by God.
How were God’s Words recorded
Sometimes God spoke directly to the author, who simply recorded what he heard (Revelation 2:1, 8, 12)
Interviews and research (Luke 1:1-3)
The Holy Spirit brought to mind things that Jesus taught (John 14:26) But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
The words of scripture are more than simply true; they are truth itself.
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. (John 17:17)

The Clarity of Scripture

Although some passages may at first seem difficult to grasp, the Bible is written in such a way that all things necessary to become a Christian, live as a Christian, and grow as a Christian are clear.
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; (Psalm 19:7)

The Necessity of Scripture

Necessary for salvation:

2 Timothy 3:15, The sacred writings are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Necessary for sanctification:

Matthew 4:4, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Necessary for knowing God’s Will

Deuteronomy 29:29, that we may do all the words of this law.
The Sufficiency of Scripture, All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

What Changes Thursday?

Why is it important that the Bible be the basis for our beliefs?
Will the Bible answer every question we bring to it? Why or why not?
what is one issue that the Bible speaks clearly on? What is one issue that the Bible does not speak clearly on? How does this affect the emphasis you should place on these issues?