We all have philosophical & practical places to which we return; in part to assure ourselves that in fact we are still on course. And even if the declared origin is my own thinking, I return to my thoughts to check myself. It is equally true that most of us have a detectable set of values that we subscribe to personally – even if you’re not religious.
It is in these ways that Process Church will strive to approach the Scriptures. Our goal will be to recognize the Bible as understandable & approachable and its principles transferable to modernity. In its pages are people… people who messed up… people who lived well… people. We will study these people and their lives in order to see ourselves, but most importantly to see the God who interacted with them and us.
This week along with the general idea of why we value the Bible, we’ll explore part of a letter that Paul wrote to one of his students named Timothy. 2 Timothy 3:16-17. He is writing to remind him of the primacy of Scripture. Let’s answer these questions to see why we define Scripture As Source…
1. What aversions do you think we (or others) may have to looking to the Bible as the source of all things?
2. What are some appropriate ways to help people deal with their aversions?
3. Have you ever heard the term “Bible Thumper”? How was it used?
4. Why is it easy to manipulate the words of Scripture?
5. What are steps we can take to make every attempt to hear what the text is really saying?
6. What does it mean that “all Scripture is inspired by God” – v.16?
7. How does Scripture teach us what is true?
8. How does Scripture make us realize what is wrong in our lives?
9. How does Scripture correct us when we are wrong?
10. How does Scripture teach us to do what is right?
11. How does God use Scripture to prepare and equip his people to do every good work?
12. Which one(s) of the previously discussed speak to you most? And why?
For some extra insights follow the link to this commentary… 2 Timothy 3:16-17.