In God We Trust? – Can I Really Trust the Bible?

(Message 1) Can I really trust the Bible? Many of us grew up accepting the perspective our parents or teachers provided on the Bible. In this message, we look at five reasons we can have confidence in the Bible. #GCInGodWeTrust

In God We Trust? (series topics):

  1. Can I really trust the Bible?
  2. Can I really trust God?
  3. Can I really trust the church?
  4. Can I really trust prayer?

 

Our Core Value: “We don’t pick and choose.” (see more values)

  • Biblical Authority

 

The Bible Can Be Trusted Because:

  1. It’s inspired by God
  2. It’s historically reliable
  3. It’s scientifically reliable
  4. It’s supernatural
  5. God loves us

 

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Key Scripture:

2 Peter 1:20-21 (NLT)

 20 Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, 21 or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.

2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT)

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

Psalm 28:7 (NLT)

7 The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart.

He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.  I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

Ephesians 4:14 (NLT)

14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.

Matthew 24:35 (NLT)

35 Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • What are some of the things in which we commonly put our trust, but maybe shouldn’t or don’t even realize we’re doing it?

Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.

  • Read 2 Peter 1:20-21.  According to this passage how did the Bible gain its authority.  Discuss the phrase “God wrote the Bible and man held the pen.”
  • Read 2 Timothy 3:16.  What does the phrase “inspired by God” mean?  What does the Bible do in our lives when we submit to its authority?
  • What is the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls and how do they verify the prophecy and accuracy of the Bible?

Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.

  • At Generations Church we use the phrase “Biblical Authority” to describe how we make decisions and determine right from wrong.  Is the Bible the primary authority for your life?  If not, what is?
  • Pastor Troy mentioned the discovery of the Hittites and the day of circumcision as examples of the Bible being historically and scientifically accurate.  Can you think of any other examples in history or science where the Bible has proven to be accurate?
  • Can you recall a time when the words of the Bible supernaturally changed your life?
  • Why do you trust the Bible? If you don’t trust the Bible, what’s your biggest reason for not trusting it?  Can our small group answer any questions or help you resolve your doubts?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being “I’m an atheist” and 10 being “I completely trust God with every fiber of my being,” how much do you trust God?  If your number isn’t 10, what’s keeping you from trusting God completely?

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Cultivate trust in God by reading His Word every day.  A chapter per day read through the book of John (for 21 days) was recommended by Pastor Troy.  There are other great options such as reading plans in the Bible app or a daily devotional guide such as Our Daily Bread.

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • Father, thank you for giving us the truth of your revealed Word.  Please guide us and give us discernment, and help us to put our trust in you and the Holy Bible.  In Jesus’ mighty name.  -Amen

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