Mark 12:29-30 (NCV) “The most important command is this: Listen, people of Israel! The Lord our God is the only Lord. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.”
John 8:30-32 (CSB) As he was saying these things, many believed in him. Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you continue in my word, you really are my disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
James 1:18, 21-25 (NIV) He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created… Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who list-ens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forget-ting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does.
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Isaiah 50:4 (NAS) “The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of disciples, that I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens me morning by morning, he awakens my ear to listen as a disciple.”
Psalm 46:10 (NIV) “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalm 25:4-5 (NIV) “Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
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Matthew 4:4 (CSB) He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Jeremiah 15:16 (TLB) “Your words are what sustain me; they are food to my hungry soul. They bring joy to my sorrowing heart and delight me. How proud I am to bear your name, O Lord.”
Isaiah 7:9 (CSB) “If you do not stand firm in your faith, then you will not stand at all.”
Psalm 37:4-5 (TLB) Be delighted with the Lord. Then he will give you all your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him to help you do it, and he will.
Read 1 Peter 1:23-25. When did the Bible first become a “living” book for you?
Read the following verses: Acts 20:32; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17. What do these verses say that God’s Word is active and at work in us to do? How have you experienced this truth first-hand in your journey with Jesus?
What secrets can you share that have helped you guard and practice a good “daily briefing” time with God? What are the hindrances that you find are trying to derail you from it, or struggles you find you have to overcome regularly to maintain it?
Which of the benefits spending time with God in his Word brings do you feel the greatest need for? How do the scriptures from this message encourage you about this?
Read Jesus’ words in Matthew 4:4 and the description of him in Isaiah 50:4. When have you experienced Scripture being a “word from the mouth of God” to your own soul?
Read Mark 12:29-30. In light of Jesus’ description of “full engagement” of our whole self with God, how will you engage God’s Word differently this year than you did last year? What would you like to remember each day to honor the place of God’s Word in your life properly? How can your group pray for you or hold you accountable for this?
Elementary Parents – today kids learned about having wisdom in the way we use our words. We started with a reminder that wisdom comes from respecting the Lord. (Proverbs 9:10) Our bottom line is my words can help or hurt someone. Ask kids what we compared words to. (A hammer.) What can we use our words as? (A tool or a weapon.) As a family, look up Proverbs 12:18. This week, look for ways to encourage kids to use their words as tools!
A born teacher, Steve combines a depth of insight with unchanging biblical truths to provide messages that are both engaging & life changing. Married to Jean, his bride of 35 years, and the father of three adult children, Steve enjoys early mornings on his porch in study, time with family & friends at the coast, and playing Bluegrass music on his guitar.