Solo on Sola Scripture 29 Mar

(Message 2) Where do you go when you want to hear from God? Church? A religious friend? Nature? What happens when you’re stuck at home? Did you know that you can hear from God on your own? It’s simple but it means being quiet enough to listen. Join us Pastor Troy helps us learn how to go solo on “sola scriptura” (the Bible alone). #CoronavirusSurvivalGuide

Two important principles:

  1. All scripture is inspired
  2. Scripture is our teacher and our guide

 

How to study the Bible for yourself:

  1. Start with the why
  2. Begin with a set time everyday
  3. Start with a goal and a plan
  4. Never lose sight of the primary goal

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Start reading.

2 Timothy 3:16 NLT

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.

Psalms 119:11 

I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. 

Matthew 24:35 NLT
Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.

1 Timothy 4:8-10 NLT
Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it. This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers.

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • Do you feel the same way as Troy and Clay when it comes to getting your money’s worth at an “all you can eat” buffet? Share your thoughts on this.
  • Have you ever approached the Bible like a buffet?

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

  • Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17. What does the phrase “all scripture is inspired by God” mean to you? What does the Bible equip us to do? How does it equip us to do it?
  • Why is it so important for a Christian to read and think about (meditate on) the Bible every day?
  • Read 1 Timothy 4:8-10. Troy stated that physical training is good but Godliness is better and it takes discipline and hard work. Do you have a tough time reading the Bible each day? What makes it difficult for you? What would make it easier and possible for you to do? How can you make that happen?
  • What did Troy say is the primary goal of daily Bible reading?

Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.

  • How do you think using scripture as a guide is helpful in your daily life? Can you share a time when God used his word to keep you from sin or guide you in some decision?
  • Share about a time when God’s Word encouraged you. How did this impact you and your faith?
  • What is the biggest revelation you have ever gotten when reading the Bible?
  • Why is being in the Bible every day important, but especially during times of crisis in our world?
  • Does the Bible intimidate you? If yes, do you have a mentor in the faith to whom you can go for help? If you don’t, talk with your Small Group leader about a next step.

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

  • If you already read your Bible daily, are there ways you can improve your time? If you aren’t reading your Bible daily, get a plan in place. There are great apps out there for Bible reading and devotionals. The YouVersion app is one and also Our Daily Bread has an app for your phone.

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • Father, thank You for your Word that it is not just something that we read, but that it is something we can apply to our daily lives. Help us to develop a deeper passion for reading your word and to apply it to our lives. Amen.

Start digging. For further study.

Speaker

Troy Knight

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