Biblical Authority


Sermon Notes & Group Questions

Psalm 119:103 – “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”

2 Timothy 3:16 – “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 Peter 1:21 – “For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

1 Corinthians 2:13 – “This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.”

John 3:34-35 – “For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand.”

Matthew 28:18 – “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

Matthew 28:19-20 – “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Acts 1:8 – “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

1 Corinthians 2:4-5 – “My speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”

1 Thessalonians 2:13 – “And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.”

1 Timothy 4:1-5 – “The Spirit makes it clear that as time goes on, some are going to give up on the faith and chase after demonic illusions put forth by professional liars. These liars have lied so well and for so long that they’ve lost their capacity for truth. They will tell you not to get married. They’ll tell you not to eat this or that food—perfectly good food God created to be eaten heartily and with thanksgiving by believers who know better! Everything God created is good, and to be received with thanks. Nothing is to be sneered at and thrown out. God’s Word and our prayers make every item in creation holy.”

Romans 15:4 – “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

Proverbs 30:4-5 – “Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name? Surely you know! Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.”

2 Corinthians 1:20 – “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.”

Isaiah 40:8 – “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever…”

Notes:

Q1: In our churches believers vary wildly in their use of the Bible. Some read it daily, some consider it regularly; many others open it only on Sundays (and often then it is on the screen for them to read). How would you describe your use of the Bible?

Q2: By 350 AD there were 5,664 Greek manuscripts and another 16,000 manuscript copies of the New Testament in different languages. (More than 30 times the amount and in less than half the time of any other book in antiquity.) That’s staggering in regard to the scholarly considerations for the authenticity of a book’s origins. How does that affect the way you view the value of the Bible?

Read 2 Peter 1:21

Q3: The bible was given to the world to teach it about the ways of God. Many of those ways (and events) were taught in the Bible before they even happened. We call that prophesy. There are 332 prophecies given before Christ was born that would be fulfilled in his life. The probability that Jesus of Nazareth would fulfill even 8 of those is 1 in 10 to the 17th power. The purpose of prophesy is not to help us believe that the Bible is reliable, it’s to teach us what God wants us to know about His plan of redemption. Nonetheless, does prophesy give you confidence in the teachings the Bible gives about life and redemption; if so, in what way?

Read John 3:34-35, Matthew 28:18-20

Q4: God gave his authority to Jesus to proclaim God’s plan to mankind. And Jesus then gave it to us (Matthew 28). NT Wright wrote we exercise this authority, “By soaking ourselves in scripture, in the power and strength and leading of the Spirit, in order that we may then speak freshly and with authority to the world of this same creator God.” Why do you think “soaking in the scripture” gives us greater authority as we share the things of God?

Read Romans 15:4

Q5: Paul instructs the Christians in Rome to endure and be encouraged by the Scriptures. Do you find the Bible to be encouraging to you? In what way do you find hope in various situations through the Bible?

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