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Sunday July 14th
The Bible Made Simple 

Welcome to The Journey Church. I'm Pastor Paris Pasch.

Last week we covered ”Do You Know The Real Jesus?”.  God’s instruction was for us to refuse to tolerate the facsimiles often presented in religious circles.  Be a Bible student, period.

 

This week is also about clarity and truth.  I want to ask you; Have you ever heard someone say that the Bible is a very hard book to read?  I have heard that many times in my Christian walk as a form of excuse for never attempting to read it.  Today I want to give a recipe or pathway to a simplified approach to the Bible.  My message is entitled “The Bible Made Simple”

 

I want to first make a case for the validity of the Bible as our focus tool.

 

2 Timothy 3:14–17 (NIV) But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God  may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 

But what do we do with the really hard stuff you ask?

 

2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV) Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

 

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV 1900) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 

So, are you studying, handling and dividing the word of truth?  Are you doing your best?

Watch this overview of the Bible from the "bibleproject.com"

Click on the links below to get started.

What Is The Bible

The Story Of The Bible

I hope this helps you get the big picture.  Some who have read the Bible many times couldn’t be as simple as that video, but let me go over it again for the sake of helping you remember.  The Bible is actually a compilation of 66 books.  The books are written by individual human authors who were all inspired by God the Holy Spirit to tell one story.  Because of this, the source then becomes beyond human wisdom or insight.  It is divinely penned to give us understanding about how we and the world around us began and then how we rebelled against God, in part due to our willingness to allow a deceiver to contradict God’s voice. 

 

Although God created human beings in His image to live joyfully in His presence, in humble submission to His gracious authority, the deceiver had such an impact, that almost every human being after Adam was evil and God had to destroy the majority of His creation through a cleansing flood in order to save a very few, namely Noah’s family from eternal condemnation.  You see, if righteousness were to be completely destroyed then humanity would be lost forever.

 

The Bible chronicles the history of mankind and carefully guides us toward the simple revelation that there was just no way back to a holy God through our own human efforts and so we needed a divine savior or holy rescuer. 

 

Moses, the deliverer of God’s people from human bondage, is attributed as writing the first 5 books of the Bible called the Pentateuch.  The next 12 books are historical books, telling of the life and times of the Israelites, God’s chosen people.  They start with Joshua who followed Moses and then leadership was found in people identified as Judges, followed by leaders called kings, like David.  Next comes the 5 poetry and wisdom books like Psalms and Proverbs.  Following these were 17 books written by spiritual messengers called prophets, who could hear God’s voice and would share what they heard with the kings and leadership, often to be rejected by them.

 

Then came 400 years of flat out silence on God’s part, as humanity fell further and further away from God’s plan.  God had been announcing He was going to rescue humanity through a messiah, however humanity got fully confused about what this rescuer would be like, so God the Father sent Jesus His son into the earth so that humanity could see God in the flesh. Jesus as God would restrict himself to only human ability fully dependent on God the Holy Spirit’s power to operate on the earth. The 4 Gospels are the real life story of Jesus 33 years physically on the planet, God in person.  Please read and reread the gospels until you meet Jesus personally.

 

While Jesus was still alive He told His followers that God The Holy Spirit would be sent to us as an onboard version of Himself.  After the innocent Jesus gave His life for all our sins and was crucified, God the Father then resurrected Him from the dead.  The book following the gospels is known as Acts or the Acts of God the Holy Spirit working through what came to be known as The Church of Jesus Christ.  Following Acts we read the 13 Epistles (letters) written by the Apostle Paul which are simply the communication of Church leaders about how they were doing and what they needed to shore up.  There are also 8 general epistles written by other significant church fathers such as James and John.  The end of the Bible is The Revelation of the final state of the church of Christ and how it all comes to a big finale under God’s full control.

 

One of our dearest church members Mike M introduced to our church “The Story of God” a book written to describe Jesus being present in the whole 66 books of the Bible.  This book is in our church library.

 

So how do you study the Bible?  Many teachers would instruct, as I do, that new students/disciples would do best to start with meeting the real person of Christ by reading the Gospels and investigating the personhood of Jesus.  Then when you study the Old Testament you have Jesus as the rescuer needed and announced and when you study Acts and the Epistles you have Jesus the one who rescued, empowered and revealed.  Remember you are reading God’s word to humanity written by men inspired by God Himself.

 

2 Peter 1:20–21 (NIV)  Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

 

Is memorization important?  Memorization is simply getting to know what the Bible says to a degree that you can verbalize and repeat it.  The Bible was not first written with chapters and verses so knowing the address of a verse is simply about ease of use.  You are all called by God to plagiarize His words as often as possible.  However remember that the Bible is there to reveal God as real and knowable not simply to write about Him.

 

John 5:39–40 (NIV) You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

 

Now the church of Jesus Christ has been commissioned by God to take the news of Christ’s work to the world. Empowered by God the Holy Spirit, the church calls all people everywhere to repent of sin and to trust in Christ alone for our forgiveness. Repentance and faith starts our relationship and restores our relationship with God which results in a life of ongoing transformation.

Is the Bible enough?

The Bible is complete in that it contains everything we need to know and nothing that we can live without.  It cannot hold all of the insight of God, but it holds all that we require.

2 Peter 1:3–4 (NIV) His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

 

John 21:25 (NIV)  Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

 

So even though the divine God is all knowing and unfathomable we can know Him through His written word.  The Bible promises that Jesus Christ will return to this earth as the conquering King. Only those who live in repentant faith in Christ will escape God’s judgment and live joyfully in God’s presence for all eternity. God’s message is the same to all of us: repent and believe by faith, before it is too late. Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, and you will be saved. Romans 10:9

Let it be known that the Bible is a revelation only understood through God the Holy Spirit, unregenerate people cannot understand it?  Only though Him can we effectively assimilate God’s word and reject this world’s lies?

 

1 Corinthians 1:18 (NIV) For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

 

I was speaking with a man recently who is a friend of mine and dying a slow medical death.  He said he has little to do but wait to pass away, but he has chosen to read through His Bible as he awaits eternity.  He has read his bible many times in the past, but now is reading it as if for the first time, listening and learning more than ever before.  He is running toward God and so is gleaning insight he never saw when he used to simply read his bible, all because he is intentional about learning.  He stated that he could easily quit and simply give up, but instead he has chosen to learn more about His soon to meet savior.

 

The Bible is deep, profound and supernatural but is also readable, consumable and palatable.  I hope the I have made the Bible seem more simple and that you have a truer sense that it is essential reading and more importantly it is life.

 

If you’ve been looking for relief from your own bad decisions then choose to follow Jesus for the first time or even if you are returning to Christ this morning.  Admit, Believe, Confess

Next week Pastor Paris will discuss who the Holy Spirit is and who He is not

 

      Message Questions

 

  1. Is the Bible helpful for daily living?  How do we know this?

  2. How many books make up the Bible?

  3. Is the Bible written by one author? (trick question)

  4. How does Pastor Paris describe the most effective approach to Bible reading?

  5. Why is the Bible enough?

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