Pastor Shane Ham : The God Who Communicates

Unbelievable · 36:37 · Recorded May 3, 2020

The God Who Communicates

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (TLB) The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right. It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone.

1 John 1:1-2 (BBE) That which was from the first, which has come to our ears, and which we have seen with our eyes, looking on it and touching it with our hands, about the Word of life And the life was made clear to us, and we have seen it and are witnessing to it and giving you word of that eternal life which was with the Father and was seen by us.

Why do I believe it?

1. The Bible is rooted in real history.

Checking for historical accuracy:

What does the writing claim about itself?

Were any of the authors eyewitnesses?

Was it transmitted faithfully?

Is there corroborating evidence?

2. Jesus trusted in the Bible.

Matthew 4:4 (NIV) Jesus answered, "It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’"

Matthew 19:4-6 (NIV) "Haven’t you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."

John 10:9 (ESV) "I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture."

3. The Bible is confirmed miraculously.

Numbers 23:19 (NLT2) God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?

Isaiah 46:9-10 (ESV) "…remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’…"

  • Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17 again. Share with your group or write in your journal how the Bible has been useful to you. Identify a verse or two that have had direct impact on how you live or the choices you make.

  • Of the three points Shane listed, which is easiest for you to believe? The most difficult? Why?

  • When checking for historical accuracy, which of the four points hold the most weight with you?

  • As you spend time in prayer this week, thank God for the truth of the Bible and for his unchanging nature. Meditate on Numbers 23:19 and express your gratitude to him for giving us the Bible that tells us who God is and shows us how he comes through for his people again and again.

  • Suggested Bible study resources:

  • The Bible Project – bibleproject.com

  • Blue Letter Bible – blueletterbible.org

  • You Version – youversion.com

  • RightNow Media – northpointe.org/nextsteps/rightnow-media

  • Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.

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  • Graves Into Gardens

  • Won't Stop Now

  • This I Believe

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