Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Receiving God's Word

Here is the outline of the introductory lesson to the Foundations Bible Institute course that I'm teaching on Tuesday evenings at South Church.

Introduction (9/16/14)
Receiving God’s Word

We are to use God’s Word(s) for the purpose(s) for which it was given. (Not more; not less.)
-- 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Psalm 119; Deut. 10:12-13; Jer. 9:23-24; John 17:3

God’s Word is communication from Him designed to create and guide our relationship with Him.
-- John 17:3, 6, 17,20-21; Psalm 1; 19:7-11; Matt. 28:18-19; Col. 1:28; 3:16; contrast John 5:39; Matt. 23:1-5a (ff.), 23-24

We are to be clear on where we find God’s Word (how does He speak His Word to us?) Heb. 1:1-2 ; 2:1-4 (contrast Jer. 23:25-32; 2 Thess. 2:1-3a)

The Word of God is continually addressing us, as teaching, promise/warning and command.
The right responses are belief, trust and obedience.

Satan counteracts God’s working to save and sanctify us by undermining our confidence in God’s Word. (cp. Gen. 3 and Matt. 4)

The Word of God must be rightly heard and understood (and thus rightly interpreted and taught) to do its saving work. 2 Tim. 2: 15-17a ; 2 Pet. 3:16

Christ gave to the church pastor-teachers to guide believers in their understanding of God’s Word. Eph. 4:7-16; Acts 20:25-32; Titus 1:5, 9. Acts 2:42ff.; Col. 3:16

(Consider the phenomenon of ‘unsupervised’ parachurch Christianity, e.g., Christian radio); James 3:1

Summary application: Matt. 7:24-29; Jas. 1:22-25
Related resources:
“Truth and Power” by J.I. Packer http://www.ccel.us/packer.toc.html
“Taking God at His Word” by Kevin DeYoung

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