The Bible is not merely God-given, it is not merely God-blessed, it is not merely Spirit-energized, it is God-breathed. This means that the Bible doesn’t merely lead us to belief in Christ or to behave like Christ, it is the Word of God with the authority to lead us to become like Christ. -Pastor Dave
Open: Describe a time you struggled with authority: How do you see a similar struggle in our culture toward the authority of Scripture?
Read: 2 Timothy 3-4; 2 Peter 1:20-21, 2:1-3
1. Why does current culture struggle so much with the authority of God’s Word? In what specific ways do you see the authority of Scripture undermined? What misconceptions do you believe play a part in the downgrading of the Bible?
2. In 2 Timothy 3, Paul encourages young Timothy to continue in what he had learned from childhood (3:14-15). How does this statement extend farther than merely remembering content? In other words, how is Paul trying to remind Timothy of the authority of God’ Word in his own life?
3. Define inspiration: Does inspiration subtract from the personality and skill of the author? What did the process of inspiration look like? How does inspiration demonstrate God’s authority through the Scriptures? How does the Bible prove itself as God’s authority?
4. If the Scriptures are the means by which God preserves our faith and conforms us to the likeness of Christ, then they are absolutely essential for our eternal well-being. Why, then, would we ever neglect the study of Scripture? How does knowing that the words of Scripture are the words of God give you confidence?
Pray: Pray for a submissive heart toward the authority of Scripture in your life
Memorize/Meditate: All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17