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Biblical Community | BELIEVE | Randy Frazee

Key Idea: I fellowship with Christians to accomplish God’s purposes in my life, in the lives of others and in the world.

Key Verse: 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:44-47

Key Question: How do I develop healthy relationships with others?

“it is not good for man to be alone.” (pg. 259; Genesis 2:18)

Two are better than one,

    because they have a good return for their labor:

10 If either of them falls down,

    one can help the other up.

But pity anyone who falls

    and has no one to help them up.

11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.

    But how can one keep warm alone?

12 Though one may be overpowered,

    two can defend themselves.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (pg. 260;Eccl. 4:9-12)

Step 1: Put God at the center of your life and community

“…have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.”

(pg. 261; Exodus 25:8)

Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. (pg. 262; Exodus 40:34-35)

If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth? (Exodus 33:15-16)

At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.

(Matthew 27:51)

For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” (2 Corinthians 6:16)

“For where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them.”

(pg. 266; Matthew 18:20)

Step two – Surround yourself with other Christians committed to the same purpose

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (pg. 265; Acts 2:42-47)

“All the believers were together and had everything in common” = Koinonia.

Biblical community is a collection of people who share a common purpose.

For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. (2 Corinthians 2:15)

And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

(pg. 265; Acts 2:47

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Bible Study | BELIEVE | Randy Frazee

Key Idea: I study the Bible to know God, and his truth and to find direction for my daily life

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. (pg. 212, Joshua 1:8)

How to Study the Bible:

Observation – What do I see?

Interpretation – What does it mean?

Application – So what?

They Received the Word

10 The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, [a]and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness… (Acts 17:10-11a NASV)

They are more precious than gold,

than much pure gold;

they are sweeter than honey,

than honey from the honeycomb. (Pg. 215, Psalm 19:10)

…“Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. (Ezekiel 3:3)

They Researched the Word

…examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. (Acts 17:11b NASB)

They Responded to the Word

12 Therefore many of them believed, along with a number of prominent Greek women and men. (Acts 17:12 NASB)

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The Bible | BELIEVE | Rob Wegner

What is it that distinguished Israel from all those other peoples who no longer exist? Israel had The Book.

“Time and again we have given practical proof of our reverence for our own scriptures. It is an instinct with every Jew, from the day of their birth to regard them as the decrees of God, to abide by them and, if need be, cheerfully die for them. Time and again the sight has been witnessed of prisoners enduring torture and death rather than utter a single word against them. What Greek (Gentile) would endure as much for the same cause? Josephus

God’s People are The People of The Book.

KEY IDEA: I BELIEVE THE BIBLE IS THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD THAT GUIDES MY BELIEFS AND ACTIONS.

Key Verse: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 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. 1 Peter 1:20-21

For the reason, Jesus consistently uses the phrases “Scripture says” and “God says” interchangeably.

For this reason, Jesus held that “Scripture cannot be broken” (Jn 10:35).

For this reason, Jesus taught, “Until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished” (Mt 5:18; cf. Lk 16:17).

For this reason, Jesus based his teachings and stories on hundreds of references to the Old Testament.

For this reason, when people were in error on theological matters, Jesus said it was because they didn’t know Scripture well enough (Mt 22:29).

For this reason, Jesus considered himself the interpretive key to the Scriptures.

He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. Luke 24:25-27

The person and work of Jesus is what unites and interprets the entire Story.

Why Believe?

The Transforming Power of the Scripture.

The Unity of the Bible’s Message.

Archeological Confirmation of Scripture.

The Argument From Prophecy.

The Testimony of Jesus.

Is Jesus Dead? (Why Believe in the Resurrection) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itENbNwfn4E

How did we get the 66 books of the Bible? (Why trust the Canon?) www.thestory.com/godeeper2

Bottomline: All of us choose an authority for our life.

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness so that everyone who belongs to God might be proficient, equipped for every good work. II Timothy 3:16-17

Our dark thoughts are the infernal counterpart to Scripture.

Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2)

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

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