We’re in a new series called “Foundations” which builds off of Jesus’ metaphor in Matt 7: “A house built on sand will never be able to stand BUT a house that’s built on the rock will never be able to fall.”
Begin in prayer, welcoming the Holy Spirit, inviting Him to lead, guide, and convict. Then, reflect on the sermon. What were some highlights? Was anything particularly helpful, convicting, or confusing?
Examine the Word
- Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and 2 Peter 1:21
- Read John 17:17 and Isaiah 40:8
- How do we know that the Word of God is reliable, inspired, and infallible?
- The Gospels are based upon eye-witness evidence, including the Resurrection of Jesus. How does this help us know our faith, though supernatural, is grounded in the actual events of human history?
- Explain the doctrine of inspiration. Why is it good news that Scripture is “God-breathed”?
- Not only does God’s Word claim to be “truth,” Jesus himself claims to be “truth.” What is the relationship between the Word of God (Scripture) and the Word of God (Jesus)?
- God’s Word does many things, including illuminating God’s character, revealing sin, convicting us of ways we need to change, nourishing us with truth, encouraging us to endure, filling us with hope for Jesus’ return, etc. Pick one of these “actions” and describe how you see God working through His Word in your personal life.
- What has stopped you in the past from regularly engaging with God’s Word? How did you face those barriers and how can you encourage others to do the same?
- Pray: ‘Deepen my conviction about your Word.’ Take time out of every day to ask God to give you a hunger and a thirst for Him and His truth as divulged in Scripture. Pray for your friends, your family, your small group, your church to have a passionate desire to know God’s Word.
- Read: Pick 2-10 verses and read them 4 days/week. This will get you into the regular rhythm of understanding His Word, knowing Him, and worshipping Him. Over time, you can move to larger portions of Scripture. Sometimes, though, less is more.
For Family Discussions
- Talk about the sermon together. What did you learn that was new? Were there any parts that were confusing?
- Go to https://bibleproject.com/explore/video/the-story-of-the-bible/ and pick out several videos to watch together. Dialogue about the Bible, why it’s important, how it works both as the words of humans and the words of God, what its overarching story is, etc.
Published on 02-06-2022 @ 2:39 PM CDT