The Church didn’t determine what Books belonged in the Bible. God is solely responsible for determining; God’s people are responsible for discovery. This is the same today. We don’t make determinations regarding the Truth…we make discoveries that lead us to see the Bible as our sole authority on life and practice. -Pastor Dave
Open: Have you ever received a letter or email from someone who played an important role in your life but you hadn’t seen in a while? How did it make you feel? How did the knowledge of the person raise the value of the letter or email?
Read: John 10:1-10; 16:12-14; Luke 24:44-45; 1 Timothy 5:18; Galatians 1:8-9; Hebrews 1:1-2; 1 Peter 1:23-25
1. How has society attempted to distort the uniqueness of the Scripture? Give specific examples of ways our culture is undercutting the authority of the Scripture: In what ways do these examples demonstrate the “thief” in John 10:10?
2. Define canonicity: What tests were used to confirm the Books that belonged in the Scriptures? Is it true the church put together the Scripture? What role did the church play? Why is canonicity so important?
3. How does canonicity remind us that our authority is not based upon the uniqueness of our feelings, but the uniqueness and authority of the Bible? In what ways do we tend to base the effect of truth on our feelings? Why is this dangerous?
4. How does having a unique, perfect, and authoritative Bible free us to live a life of discovery instead of duty to Christ?
Pray: Pray for deeper discovery in the uniqueness of the Scriptures and for protection from the enemy that wants to distort them.
Memorize/Meditate: But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. John 10:2-4