Thursday, 6 October 2011

Jesus - saturated in the word

Jesus uses the Bible whilst in the desert.

What about the people who say don't trust the Bible today?

Archaeological evidence

Manuscript reliability

Eye witnesses

Luke 1:1 (NIV)
Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,

Not tampered with by the early church

It would have been really easy to change and tamper with the Gospel records.

Essentially honest

The Disciples inability to understand Jesus.

Works in practice

The message proved in lives.

By 200AD the set of books that mKe io the Bible were defined and established.

Being saturated in the Word.

Matthew 4 at a high time in Jesus life.

Matthew 4:1 (NIV)
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.

In the wilderness there is space to think and pray.

1. To be fed by God's world

Matthew 4:3-4 (NIV)
The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." [4] Jesus answered, "It is written: `Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.' "

This is how character is built. This is how we will be fit Christians who will stand firm.

Read the book and be spiritually fit. How do we make Bible reading accessible to us?

2. Think the truth about God

Matthew 4:7 (NIV)
Jesus answered him, "It is also written: `Do not put the Lord your God to the test.' "

Jesus says 'you've got it wrong about God'

Let's have the right understanding of God.

3. Trust God fully

Matthew 4:8-10 (NIV)
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. [9] "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me." [10] Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: `Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.' "

We should worship God only.

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