On Sunday, July 25, 2021, Teaching Pastor Bruce Hess’ message is “Treasure the Scripture!” from our sermon series “Be Diligent to Grow”. Below are some questions for your personal or group reflection.
1. Bruce began by pointing out that we have a natural human tendency to stray from God’s truth. He mentioned how virtually all seminaries were founded with a solid belief in the Scripture and how historically most departed from that position within 50 years. Why is that? What contributes to that?
2. Bruce also mentioned that he can trace a similar drift from God’s truth in his family line. Have you witnessed such a drift in your family line or with some individuals you have known? Elaborate on why and how that may have happened.
3. Psalm 119 emphasizes that Scripture is 1) the way of blessing (vs.1-2); 2) a source of strength (vs. 28b); 3) a treasury of wisdom and counsel (vs. 24, 98-100); and 4) never outdated (vs. 89,160). Reflect and share some times when Scripture has proven to be that in your life. Why do people develop the perspective that Scripture is at times outdated?
4. Verse 19 tells us that Scripture is like a lamp shining in a dark (murky, dingy) place. What makes our world, our culture, murky and dingy?
5. Bottom line, why is Scripture a reliable lamp in this murky world?
6. Based on our study (from 2nd Peter 1 and 2 Timothy 3), describe the process of how the apostles and prophets came to write Scripture. Cite some phrases from those passages.
7. In 2 Timothy 3:16 Paul states that the Scripture is profitable for four things. Note them and explain what each means. What is the ultimate aim (hint: note vs. 17).
8. Take some time to pray and thank God for the wonderful provision of His Word.