Is the Bible for me?

How does God communicate His will to me today?
 
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe” (Hebrews 1:1-2, NIV).
  • God Spoke in Times Past
  • God Speaks Today Through His Son
 
How Does Jesus Speak Today?
 
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come” (John 16:13, NIV).
  • God’s Spirit guided the Apostles into ALL truth.
 
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26, NIV).

Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:20-21, NIV).
 
How Do We Know the Bible Reveals God’s Will?
 
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NIV).
  • God’s Will is Revealed Through His Word.
  • God’s Word is valuable for all of life’s circumstances.

How Do We Understand the Bible?
 
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth
” (2 Timothy 2:15, NIV).
  • Understanding the Bible takes some effort
  • Efforts to know God’s Word better will be rewarded.
 
Why Do We Trust the Bible?
  • We trust the Bible because it is historically accurate
  • We trust the Bible because it is consistent
  • We trust the Bible because it is scientifically accurate
 
Do We Follow the Old Testament or the New?
 
The Old Testament is valuable as a schoolmaster that points God’s people to His New Will in Christ.Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith” (Galatians 3:24, NIV).

The Old Testament was valuable as a tool to bring us to faith in Christ.But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster” (Galatians 3:25, NIV).

The Old Testament was done away with when Jesus died on the cross.having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross?” (Colossians 2:14, NIV).
 
How Does the Bible Help Me Understand God’s Will?
 
The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb. By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward” (Psalm 19:7-11, NIV).
  • God’s Word is perfect.
  • God’s Word is enduring.
  • Knowledge of God’s Word brings reward.
 
What Does Knowing What the Bible Teaches Do for Me?
 
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe” (1 Thess. 2:13, NIV).
  • The Bible Contains the Word of God.
  • God’s Word is at work in the lives of believers.

“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17, NIV).