In the 1970’s and 1980’s there was an ad that ran for a brokerage firm that said, “When E.F. Hutton talks…people listen.” May the same be true for us as it relates to the God of the universe! He has spoken, may He find us listening. Chris McClarney and Hollyn sing of this in the song “I’m Listening.”
Let’s discuss the ways God speaks and be reminded of the importance of His written words in our lives.
On this week’s episode I discuss:
- Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
- Utilize an outside resource
- Read in context
- Using Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology to guide our discussion on the different forms of the Word of God
- That the Word of God is Jesus – John 1:1-14
- That God’s decrees are words of God that cause something to happen like “let there be light” in Genesis 1
- How God would sometimes speak directly to people – Genesis 2, Exodus 20, Matthew 3
- That God would speak through His prophets – Jeremiah 1:4-9
- That we have God’s words in written form
- God wrote them with His own finger – Exodus 31:18
- Moses wrote down words of the law – Deuteronomy 31:9-13
- Joshua wrote down words as the people entered the promised land – Joshua 24:26
- Jesus told his disciples that the Holy Spirit would bring back to their minds all that happened – John 14:26, John 16:12-13
- “The opportunity for repeated inspection of words that are written down permits careful study and discussion, which leads to better understanding and more complete obedience,” says Wayne Grudem
- A matter of further explanation from Peter – 2 Peter 1:16-21
- The 4 questions concerning the word of God out of the Westminster Longer Catechism
- Wayne Grudem’s question, “Do you think you would pay more attention if God spoke to you from heaven or through the voice of a living prophet than if he spoke to you from the written Words of Scripture?” – Luke 16:19-31
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This Week’s Challenge
Read the story Jesus tells in Luke 16 about the rich man and the poor man named Lazarus. Ponder the ultimate lesson that it teaches. Look up and examine the Scriptural proof texts for questions 3 through 6 of The Westminster Larger Catechism. Consider why it is profitable for us to study God’s words as written in the Bible. Don’t just read God’s words, really listen to them and let them change your life.