God Speaks through Scripture

by Rev. Sean Finnegan on October 22, 2017
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Ten Ways We Know God Has Inspired the Scriptures
1. The Bible claims it (Matthew 1:22-23; Mark 12:36; Acts 1:16; 3:18; 4:25; 28:25-26; Hebrews 3:7; 10:15-17; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Revelation 1:1-2)
2. Predictive prophecy
3. Unflattering honesty
4. Health insights
5. Martyrdom
6. Archeology
7. Earmarks of eyewitnesses
8. Historicity of the resurrection
9. Incredible preservation
10. Changed lives

John 14:26, 15:26 The spirit bears witness about Jesus and brings to remembrance what he said.

Engaging the Bible’s Six Major Sections

Old Testament
1. History of Israel (Genesis-Esther): how God deals with His people (positive and negative examples), God’s just laws
2. Poetry (Job-Song of Solomon): prayer examples, wisdom, virtues, dealing with suffering, romance
3. Prophecy (Isaiah-Malachi): an insider look at how God feels about His people’s deeds as well as His future plans
New Testament
4. History of Jesus &Followers (Matthew-Acts): pay close attention to teachings and Jesus’ example, also disciples
5. Epistles (Romans-3 John): understand Christ’s accomplishments; think and behave as a believer in Christ.
6. Prophecy (Revelation): unveiling of heavenly realities, assessment of churches, encouragement, how this age ends and the next begins

Ways of Reading Scripture

1. From start to finish (discovery)
2. Studying a topic (Kingdom of God)
3. Going in depth in one book (Romans)
4. Meditation (Psalms/Proverbs)
5. Visualization (Gospels)

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