“How to study the Bible”

Session #12

Carmel Baptist Church

April 2, 2008

How many heard the message at Carmel this past Sunday? What is the topic of the series? Turn to: John 7:37-38  John 7:37 ¶ Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.  John 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” Do you see the connection between the words “come to Me” and “believes in Me?” In this context to come to Jesus is to believe in Jesus.

Here is the critical question from this text? What does it mean, according to the Lord Jesus to come to Him or to believe in Him? Have you ever been really thirsty after a workout, or from eating country ham as Dr. Poplin mentioned on Sunday? Can you recall having a cold drink when you were very thirsty and it quenching your thirst? That is a pointer toward what it means to believe in Jesus and that is for Him to satisfy the thirst of your soul. Is that what your believing in Jesus looks like? Or is it a mental assent to the facts that Jesus came to earth as a human being, lived a life, died a death and was risen from the dead. That kind of mental assent does and intellectual information does

Now compare this teaching of Jesus with the teaching of the apostle Paul.  2Tim. 3:1 ¶ But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.  2Tim. 3:2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,  2Tim. 3:3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good,  2Tim. 3:4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, Let’s be good Bible students, in the last days where will the satisfaction of men be found?  Self  Money (Mark 10:23-27)  Pleasure

Go back to what Jesus said:  Matt. 24:11 “Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.  Matt. 24:12 “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. Let’s look at what Paul said:  2Tim. 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires What did the prophet Hosea proclaim:  Amos 8:11  “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the LORD. 

Are the following verses the “cry of your heart?” Psalm 27:4 - One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek:That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to meditate in His temple. Philippians 1:20-21 - “…but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Are you God centered in your learning and living? Do you feel more loved because God makes much of you? Or Because at the cost of His son, the Lord Jesus Christ, He allows you to make much of Him?

Our hearts can so easily deceive us… We can claim to be praising God because of His love for us. But if we consider the definition of love as being made much of, then who is really being praised? We are happy to be God-centered in our theology as long as God is man-centered

So what does the saving love of God look like? It is God’s unswerving commitment to any and everything necessary to enthrall us with the one thing, with the only thing that can bring us ultimate satisfaction And that one thing is God Himself!

Bible study class, isn’t that the gospel? In Greek the word for gospel is euangelion and it means “good news” So what is the good news? Good news is our full and final enjoyment of the “glory of God” in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Cor. 4:6) Here are three things that must be true regarding the gospel • The gift must be purchased by the blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ. Our sins are taken away and God’s wrath is removed and Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us. The gift must be free and not earned. The gift must be God Himself above all other gifts.

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Does the following describe you as a person who has received the saving love of God?  You are abiding in God’s word on a regular basis?  The Lord Jesus Christ satisfies you above everything else in your life?  You in an active pursuit of a life of righteousness and obedience to God  You love the brethren? It could be that this class has shown you or someone that you know that it is not discipleship they need but genuine evangelism. I’m asking you the most important question I could ever ask: Are you saved?

Do you want to know the answer to that question? Then turn to Matthew 7 and hear this text: First, consider the group that He is addressing here.   Disciples (gospel-centered) Pharisees, teachers and scribes (religious centered)

What is Jesus teaching? Ø Two gates Ø Two trees Ø Two houses What does it mean? Isn’t that the cardinal rule that we have learned from this study?

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