By David Watson

Benchley, October 5, 2014

  • II Timothy 2:2
  • Explain the need to use the Bible as the standard
    • How do we know what God expects?
      • II Corinthians 5:10; John 12:47-48
      • Appeals to self
        • Yeah, but I don’t think …”
        • Answer: Paul, Acts 26:9-11; Proverbs 14:12
      • Appeals to emotion
        • Surely God won’t send a person to hell for _____.”
        • Answer: Put something absurd in the blank – what does this prove? John 12:48
      • Appeals to consensus
        • The overwhelming majority of Christians or Bible scholars believe this.”
        • Answer: But who is the judge? Matthew 7:13-14; I Corinthians 1:20
      • Appeals to tradition
        • This is a long-standing doctrine. People have followed this practice for centuries.”
        • Answer: Does continued sin become right?
          • Example: Idolatrous kinds of Israel
          • Example: Paul, Galatians 1:13-14
          • Tradition of … child abuse? … racism?
      • Appeals to the love of God and Jesus
        • God is a god of love and grace and forgiveness, not rules and condemnation.”
        • Answer: God is full of love! But what does that mean? What about Hitler? Romans 2:4-11; I John 5:3
  • Demonstrate how to use the Bible correctly
    • Context
      • Matthew 27:5; Luke 10:37; John 13:27
      • Common mistakes: Matthew 7:1; John 14:26
    • Harmony
      • Matthew 4:5-7
      • Example: My responsibility in worship. Is the Lord’s Supper the only thing? I Corinthians 11:23-34
      • Example: My responsibility in salvation. Are confession and belief the only things? Romans 10:9-10
  • Be an example of living the Bible
    • I Timothy 4:12,16
    • II Timothy 2:24-26
    • I Corinthians 9:22

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