Honestly, it seems that doing “what the Bible says” can mean just about whatever anyone wants it to mean. So what do we do? How do we read, understand, and even use the Bible properly and not just use it to justify whatever we want?
The “Authority of Scripture” has been used to guilt, burden, and coerce people for centuries.
Jesus Followers don’t follow the Bible, they follow Jesus.
The real question is… What role do the biblical writings play in Jesus exercising his authority?
Jesus uses the biblical writings to shape and transform his people to be his people in his kingdom
For a Jesus Follower, all of the biblical writings are uniquely authoritative.
The Jewish Scriptures are authoritative, not because we follow Israel’s rules, but because they give the foundation for our part of God’s story.
The New Testament is the fulfillment of the story told in the Old Testament.
The New Testament writings are authoritative because they are what Jesus uses to create the framework within which we can improvise our part of God’s story.
Jesus’ authority, through the biblical writings, transforms and empowers us to play our role in God’s Kingdom now.
Read Matthew 5-7
Pray: What picture do you want me to paint today?
- How have you seen God’s love this week?
- Jon said, “The “Authority of Scripture” has been used to guilt, burden, and coerce people for centuries.” Where have you seen this play out either in your life or in our culture at large?
- How have you seen scripture transform and shape you or someone close to you?
- Read Matthew 5:43-48. What are some personal examples of how this passage can help you improvise your role in the Kingdom of God? What comes to mind when you’re encouraged to “play your role in the kingdom now?”
- How can your group pray for you this week?
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