The Bible – learning about a God you cannot see.
First impressions count. Have you ever met someone where your first impression was completely wrong?
Have you ever given someone a bad first impression? How did you fix that?
A look at the Bible
“Yes, woe upon you, Pharisees, and you other religious leaders—hypocrites! For you tithe down to the last mint leaf in your garden, but ignore the important things—justice and mercy and faith. Yes, you should tithe, but you shouldn’t leave the more important things undone.”
Jesus speaking in Matthew 23:23-24 in the Bible
"Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…"
Jesus speaking in Matthew 5:44
"Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man…"
Jesus speaking in Matthew 7:24
Why do you think God decided to give us a book?
In the first verse above Jesus condemned some of the religious leaders. From looking at the verses, what do you think they were doing wrong?
In the second verse above we have one of Jesus' most radical teachings. How easy do you think this is? How important do you think this is?
How do you think God wants us to respond to what he says in the Bible?
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”
James, Jesus’ brother, writing in James 1:22-24 in the Bible.
What is your response to the Bible at this point?
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How can you tell a true follower of God?
Jesus in Matthew 7:21-24
Dear God, thank you for giving us the Bible so we can know what you are like. Please help me to read this book, and to understand the different parts of it, so I can know what you are really like. Help me also to live out your teachings.
It is easy to overlook the pain and needs of others. Help me to see the needs that people around me have. Show me how I can help them.
In Jesus' name I ask