• How is your Bible reading going? What have you been learning?


  • Establish the scriptures as the standard for our lives


  • Greatest selling book in history
  • 66 books (39 in Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament)
  • Written over period of about 1500 years
  • Written by 40+ authors with various backgrounds (shepherd, fisherman, king, doctor, theologian, tax collector, etc.)
  • Contains dozens of prophecies that have been fulfilled
  • Historically accurate


2 TIMOTHY 3:14-17

  • Wise for salvation – The Bible teaches us how to find salvation.
  • God-breathed – The Bible is from God himself, communicated through chosen men (Paul, John, Luke, etc.).
  • Equipped for every good work – Scripture should be used to teach, correct, rebuke and train us in every aspect of our life: marriage, parenting, righteousness, decision-making, relationships, etc.

Q: How do I apply the scriptures?


2 PETER 1:12-21

  • We must accurately understand the word!
  • The words are all true. The story is no myth!
  • The Word was certain about Jesus, we must hold fast to it until we understand it.
  • If the prophets weren’t to interpret scripture, neither should we! We translate what God is saying into our lives. The Holy Spirit inspired the prophets with exactly what to say, we just need to follow it! 

Q: How might we “interpret” vs. translate?


HEBREWS 4:12-13

  • Alive and active – The Bible applies to our lives today as it did when written.
  • It judges – The Word reveals our heart, our motivations, and our attitudes.
  • Uncovered and laid bare – God can see everything in our hearts.


MATTHEW 15:1-9

  • Rules taught by men – Many grow up learning and practicing religious tradition, some which contradict scripture (they are “in vain”).
  • Scripture first – Following scripture is more important than honouring tradition.
  • Hearts are far from me – God wants our hearts, not just lip service. Insisting on following traditions that break God’s commands show that our hearts are far from him.

Be careful of any religious traditions that supersede the word of God! Do I have any?

JOHN 8:31-32

  • Hold to Jesus’ teachings – We are expect to “abide” in Jesus teachings.
  • Truth will set you free – Jesus’ teachings are a source of truth and freedom.

Our belief is not enough alone. We must not only believe what he says but obey it! The Bible must be our standard for everything in life. How would that look?

JOHN 12:47-50

  • I did not come to judge the world – Jesus came to bring hope, grace, and God’s word to a lost world.
  • There is a judge for the one who does not accept my words – We are allowed to make our decisions now. Judgment will come at the last day. Jesus’ words will be the standard.
  • The Father commanded me to say – Jesus’ words are God’s words. They speak in unison.
  • His command leads to eternal life – The hope in following God’s word is salvation.

We will all stand before God in judgment. The good news is he has already given us all we need to know through the Word. The Word that brings life when we hold on to it will also condemn if we fail to. It is vital that we read the Word and live out lives according to its standard.

ACTS 17:10-11

  • Q: What qualities listed here made the Bereans noble?
  • Eagerness – They were eager to hear God’s word.
  • Examined daily – they looked thoroughly at scripture daily.
  • Pursuit of truth – They did not just accept what the religious leaders were saying; they checked the scriptures themselves.


  • Be eager to learn
  • Examine God’s Word daily
  • Search for truth


  • Q: Accept the Bible as the standard for your life?
  • Q: Humbly let the Bible expose your heart and make necessary changes?
  • Q: Eagerly study God’s word everyday?


  • Start reading the gospel of John


Additional Scriptures

Isaiah 66:1-2

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Matthew 7:24-27

17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

Romans 10:17

22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.a]”>[a] 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For,

“All people are like grass,
    and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25     but the word of the Lord endures forever.”b]”>[b]

And this is the word that was preached to you.

1 Peter 1:22-25

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14

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