How to Be People of the Book

August 27, 2022   /   Brian T. Anderson   /   Vineyard Church North Phoenix

Living a Jesus Kind of Life
How to Be People of the Book

I. Introduction

A. Spiritual transformation begins when we begin to arrange our lives around the practices arranged His life around!

B. Not only did Israel , but Israel actually changed the way the thought and felt!

1. There is only !

2. This Book said that human existence is a .

3. This Book also said this God created human beings in own !

II. How to Be People of the Book

A. The greatest ambition of every Israelite male was to become a , to become someone who taught this Book.

B. “Does the Scroll on which this is written render the hand ?”

1. If a scroll was considered to be part of the Book—Genesis, Exodus, etc.—the Israelites believed it was a record of the of .

C. Deuteronomy 17:18-19 (NLT) 18“When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. 19He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the LORD his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees.

D. “Time and again, we have given practical proof of our reverence for our 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, to cheerfully die for them. Time and again, it has been witnessed of Jewish prisoners enduring torture and death, rather than utter a single word against the Scriptures.” (Josephus)

1. GOD had in this Book!

2. was a Man of the !

E. Acts 2:42a (NLT) All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching.

1. They found that when they devoted themselves to the Book—they came to know ! And, God used the Book to them!

III. S.O.A.P.

A.

1. II Timothy 3:16-17 (NAS) 16All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

B.

1. Ephesians 5:25-27 (NLT) 25For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. 27He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.

2. Our minds need to be ! Our minds need to be with God’s Word!

C.

1. One of God’s goals for your life and mine is that the would run all the way through us! That we would think !

D.

1. S – – I read the .

O – – Here’s what I from that Scripture.

A – – Here’s how this Scripture to my life.

P – – Out of that, I form a .

2. The point of reading Scripture is to allow into our minds (transform us)—and only the Bible can do that!

3. John 3:16 (NAS) “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

IV. Conclusion

 

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