Can We Have Confidence in the Bible? | Aug. 13, 2017
Christianity is a faith based upon Revelation, or the belief that God has made Himself known. One of the primary ways in which God has revealed Himself is through the very words recorded in the 66 books of the Old and the New Testaments. Not all of those texts are without difficulties in verifying. In spite of that, II Tim. 3:16 declares, "All Scripture is breathed out by God..."
- Rate your level of confidence (1=unsure - 10=confident) that the words in the Bible are the very words of God, recorded in the style and personality of human authors, but guided directly by God the Spirit.
- What influences your level of confidence?
- In what ways has our confidence in the Bible been challenged? In what ways has it been strengthened?
- What are some things that might strengthen our confidence in the Bible?
II Tim. 3:16-17 points out, the breathed out words of God are profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness.
- Since the Bible is profitable for teaching, in what ways do we allow the Bible to teach us?
- Since the Bible is profitable for reproof, in what ways can we utilize the Bible to confirm the truth about Jesus?
- Since the Bible is profitable for correction, in what ways has the Bible corrected us?
- Since the Bible is profitable for instruction in righteousness, in what ways can we utilize the Bible for guidance and direction?