FRIDAY — The Bible—Informs us and then transforms us!
Big Point: When we prioritize the Bible as truth in our lives, God transforms us in ways we could never imagine!
Here is a devotional by Pastor Rick Warren, author of “Purpose Driven Life”: “I was once asked what the best translation of the Bible was. My answer: ‘When you translate it into your life.’ That’s what Bible study is all about. If you’re not translating God’s Word into your life, then you’re not studying the Bible the way God intended.”
God gave us the Bible to transform us, not simply inform us. It should give us a bigger heart, not a bigger head. In the Book of James, we’re told, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22, NIV) In other words, God wants our beliefs turned into behavior.
God makes his purpose for the Bible even more explicit in 2 Timothy 3:16-17: “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
The purpose of the Bible is more than just showing us what is wrong in our lives or how we should live; God gave us His Word to radically transform our lives.
The Bible describes itself in different ways. For example, it calls itself a hammer, a sword, and a scalpel. All of these tools are designed to make radical changes. God intends for the Bible to dramatically change our lives.
The Bible also describes God’s truth as milk, water, bread, and meat. What do all those things have in common? If you don’t eat or drink them regularly, you’ll die. We were never meant to live without the Bible.
READ and THINK…What does the Bible say?
Write down your favorite Bible verse in the space below (or recite it aloud):
What is it about that verse that inspires you? How does it challenge you?
LIVE…What will you do now?
Think about what you’ve read and hopefully learned during this week’s Bible study and answer the following questions:
What have you learned about the Bible this week or what do you think you should learn more about?
What verse has had the most impact on you and why?
Knowing that our knowledge of the Bible is literally a matter of spiritual life or death, have you been challenged to think or relate differently to the Bible? If so, in what ways?
The Bottom Line: When you summarize the Bible to its essential points, it becomes less about rules and specific ways to live and more about a call to love and to be in a loving relationship with God and others. CedarCreek’s mission statement embodies the essence of the Bible – To Love Jesus, Serve Others and Tell the World about Christ.
PRAY…God, what do you want me to know & do?
Our hope is that this week’s study has not only informed, but challenged you to amp up your time and attention to the Bible—no matter where you are spiritually. Think about what you’ve studied this week and thank God for what He has revealed to you. Ask Him to help you remain accountable to reading His Word.
Great book & web resources for Bible study:
- www.livingitout.tv—We publish this study every week so that you can learn more about the Bible in order to apply it to your life!
- Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell—This benchmark resource is a top recommended source for those who want to know more about the Bible history, how the Bible was written, Biblical artifacts and so much more!
- New Christian LifeGroups (NCLG)—The best way to learn about the Bible is to learn with others. Stop by the Groups Wall at your campus and join one!
- Bible Essentials I & II—This is our online class available through CedarCreek.tv. Learn all about the Bible and learn to apply it to your life.
- www.gotquestions.org—An easy-to-use website for basic Bible questions.
- www.preceptaustin.org—A mega-site providing access to dozens of online Bible commentaries, word studies and research.
- www.Biblegateway.com—We love Biblegateway! It’s an easy-to-use site with a variety of Bible study aids.
- www.youversion.com—The largest online Bible resource in the world!
Additional Resource: Here is a great resource on the authority of the Bible. This one is pretty in-depth, so buckle up!
- Ladies, do you know that God sees you as Fabulous? … And we do too! This year’s theme, “It’s Women’s Work,” will prove to be just as wonderful as last year’s event. Except you don’t want to wait to register as tons of tickets have already been sold and there are a limited number of seats. Register by going to cedarcreek.tv under the “get connected” tab.
- Your Home Matters! Do you realize that what happens in your home matters to God? We have a HomeMatters resource area at every CedarCreek Campus. It’s been newly updated with great information!
- Got a Group? Are you in connected in a group? Do you have a community of Christ-followers that support and encourage your spiritual growth? We have hundreds of groups available: LifeGroups, LifeSupport, MOMentum and high school groups. Stop by the Groups Wall at your campus for more information.
- Fusion Camp–Each summer, hundreds of middle school students enjoy an incredible week of fun, friendship, worship and Bible study at Camp Michindoh. Registration is open now, but don’t delay because spots usually fill up. Questions? Contact the church office at 419.661.8661.
Living It Out: April 2012
“Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life.Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?'”
John 11:25-26 (NLT)
Living It Out
It is the dream of CedarCreek that everyone who calls this their church home will be reading and studying the same topics, both individually and in groups. Each week, join with thousands of others at CedarCreek Church in applying God’s Word, the Bible, into your daily life. Our hope is that while we learn and grow together, as individuals and as a church, we will collectively live out the weekend message.
Living It Out resources, such as the Daily Bible Study, Daily Bible Reading Plan, Discussion Questions and Scripture Memory Verses are designed to help us embrace a missional mindset…a mindset that compels us to love Jesus, serve others and tell the world about Christ.
Living It Out: Daily Bible Study…Daily Bible study activities to reflect on the weekend message
Living It Out: Daily Bible Reading Plan…Read through the Bible in 1 year—Old and New Testament will alternate month to month.
Living It Out: Discussion Questions…Weekly questions to discuss with others
Living It Out: Scripture Memory…Memorize one Bible verse per month
All of these resources are also available electronically at www.livingitout.tv, where you can subscribe to have any or all of them emailed to you as they are updated.
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Living It Out: Daily Bible Reading Plan scriptures are listed for each day. By completing each of the daily readings, you will read the entire Old Testament in 1 year. These readings are separate from the Daily Bible Study.
Evidence that Demands a Verdict
By Josh McDowell
Answers in Genesis.org
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