Bible Overview :: Session One :: A Personal Relationship with God

Bible Overview: Understanding the Message of the Bible

Session One – A Personal Relationship with God

Session Two – God’s Covenant with His People

Session Three – The Messiah and His Kingdom

Session Four – The Church in Action

Session One: Basic Reading Option:

Acts 7 – Overview of the Hebrew Scriptures

Also see – http://www.ericbryant.org/2013/05/26/discover-your-purpose-renew-your-mind-serve-humbly-love-actively/

Read the verses below (from Hebrews 4:12 through Matthew 22)

Hard Core Reading Option:

  • Genesis 1-3, Revelation 21-22
  • Deuteronomy 5:1-6:7; Matthew 5-7
  • Memorize Gen. 12:1-3; Matthew 22:37-39
  • Read the verses below (from Hebrews 4:12 through Matthew 22)
  • Journal your responses to the Application Questions

Credibility of the Bible:

Written by men and women over the course of 2,000 years, 66 books, an anthology, Dead Sea Scrolls showed reliability of OT, thousands of copies of NT, eyewitnesses when it was written, more proof of its authenticity than Shakespeare.

Applying the Bible to life is key! 

  • When in doubt, use Scriptures to interpret Scriptures.
  • Consider context.
  • The law is the basis of the Old Covenant, but it isn’t binding on Christians in the New Covenant except where specifically renewed. (How to Read the Bible For All It’s Worth by Fee and Stuart)

“The Bible is a portal into God’s presence!” – Erwin McManus

Purpose of the Bible

Hebrews 4:12 

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” 

2 Timothy 3:16-17

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

God’s Love for All People

Genesis 1:26-27

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Genesis 12:1-3

1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation; and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Revelation 5:9, 21:24

And they [the angels] sang a new song [to Jesus], saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.”

Exodus 34:6-7 

6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”

A Peculiar People: Set Apart and Sent Out

Exodus 19:5-6

5 “‘… Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6 you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”

1 Peter 2:9-10 

9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Leviticus 20:7-8

7 “‘Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the Lord your God. 8 Keep my decrees and follow them. I am the Lord, who makes you holy….”

Deuteronomy 6:5-7a

5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. 

Matthew 22:34-40

34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Biblical principle: the law is the basis of the Old Covenant, but it isn’t binding on Christians in the New Covenant except where specifically renewed. (How to Read the Bible For All It’s Worth by Fee and Stuart)

Application:

We are chosen and blessed to be a blessing. 

How are you blessing your family, neighbors, co-workers, and friends? How can you bless them this week?

We are set apart in our behavior and sent out in our relationships. 

What needs to change for you to live a life that honors God? 

 

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