Study the Bible

Posted by Jim Murphy on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 @ 9:33 AM

Many of know that we should read the Bible because “it’s the right thing to do.” However, few of us actually do it. Why? There are at least two main reasons. The first is that while we have been taught that it is important, many of us don’t really know why. The second is that when we sit down to actually study Scripture on our own, we have no idea what we're supposed to do. This week we try to help students in both areas.

TENSION


REALITY: Sin messes up the way we think, the way we feel, and the way we live.
TRUTH: Submitting to God’s Word restores the way we THINK, FEEL, and LIVE.

TEXT

Psalm 119:9-16

TEACHING

  1. Submitting to God’s Word restores the way we THINK
    (PRAY IT - Preparation & READ IT – Observation) 
Ps. 119:9–11
    When believers submit to God’s Word, they understand God’s desires for their lives. They are able to use His Word as a guard to make sure that their actions are in line with God’s standards. The writer of this psalm confessed aloud that he desired to never leave God’s commands but wanted to seek Him with his whole heart. This writer knew that without God’s Word, he had no guidelines to live in a way that was pleasing to God. In fact, he treasured God’s Word so much that he spent time and energy memorizing and meditating on it. He demonstrated his love for God when he devoted his life to His Word.
  2. Submitting to God’s Word restores the way we FEEL
    (KNOW IT – Interpretation) 
Ps. 119:12–15
    There is a contrast between what the world looks toward for contentment (such as “great riches” in v. 14) and what the Christian looks toward (the Lord Himself). Knowing God’s Word produces joy because when believers know God’s Word, they also come to know and deepen their relationship with Him. Therefore, even in times of struggle, His children find contentment in God alone, no matter what their circumstances are.
  3. Submitting to God’s Word restores the way we LIVE
    (DO IT – Life Application)
 Ps. 119:16
    The psalmist described his time in the Word as a “delight” (v. 16) that results in rejoicing (v. 14) and praise (v. 12). He declared that he would not forget God’s Word because he would not neglect it in his life. Consistently spending time in God’s Word will result in a heart that wants to obey God freely, not in begrudging submission. When God’s children drift away from spending time in His Word, they are not focused on Him, and their actions reflect an attitude of complacency and sinfulness.

HOPE: Submitting to God’s Word restores the way we THINK, FEEL, and LIVE.

SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS

  1. What is the acronym and what are the four steps that go with that acronym?
  2. Why is it so easy to disregard studying God’s Word when we get busy?
  3. What are some ways that you can begin to hide God’s Word in your heart?
  4. How can you begin to develop a habit of studying God’s Word?
  5. What are some tools that can help you to read and study God’s Word on a consistent basis?

Conversations at Home

Don't give up on finding a rhythm of study in your own life. It's so much easier to let the busy-ness of each day's schedule to replace your own reading of the word. Fight for it. Choose it. Don't give up and don't get down on yourself. A good friend once told me, "Success is simply starting over for the hundredth time." One great way to engage the word is to do it with your teen. We're sending home a resource for daily readings of the Word. Pick a track and go through it with your teen. Our Sunday morning classes (grades 6-9) all give students journals with daily readings. Do it together just before bed time in their room. The best conversations will come out at that time.

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These posts are from the weekly lessons at Wednesday night FUEL. They are designed to share with you an outline of the content of our discussions, the small group questions, and ideas for conversations at home. Feel free to use these for your own conversations or lessons.

Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy, Associate Pastor, NextGen MinistriesAssociate Pastor NextGen Ministries

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