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Treasure God's Word

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    Treasure God’s Word

    Lesson 8 in “More Like Jesus”

    Lesson Aim: To encourage us to treasure God's Word, and apply it to our every-

    day life in practical ways as an important step toward Christian

    maturity.

    Key Verse: And we also thank God continually because, when you received the

    word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a

    human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed

    at work in you who believe. I Thess. 2:13

    We must invite it to penetrate our minds Life’s Greatest Treasurers

    What do you most treasure in life? What is and spirits and become integrated into our most dear to you? What is the last thing that values, emotions, actions, and responses in you would let go of if everything else was life. We must hold it close to our heart. It is being taken from you? Answering that will the last thing that we would let go of if help you understand the word “treasure.” everything were being taken from us; except

     that no one could take it from us if it is in We live in a world that is functioning on our mind and our heart!

    principles contrary to God‟s. The spirit of

    the world draws us toward itself. If we have Do we bow our hearts before the Word and any intentions at all of becoming more like submit to its counsel and instruction, even if Jesus, we must treasure His Word. it is contrary to the voice of the world and

     painful to our human desires? Do we accept There is no writing, or thought or opinion it as our standard for life; the criteria by that is even close to God‟s Word in terms of which we judge right and wrong?

    accuracy; presentation of Truth; time-

    lessness; source of wisdom for life; or Some contemporary theologians assume instruction on how to handle difficulty. that the Word is outdated; Paul was simply

     ignorant of certain things that we now know; By “God‟s Word” I‟m not only speaking of the heart of man is really not so bad; and, it the printed Bible that we (at least used to) rests with the church to decide what “truth”

    carry to church. I‟m speaking of the power-is and what applies to us today. This ful, authoritative, life-giving truths that God approach produces distorted theology and has spoken, and which are recorded in what leads to a church that is handicapped in we know as “the Bible.” We treasure those Godly living and in speaking for God in our truths because there is no other way to broken world!

    know how to live the abundant life on earth

    and to go to heaven when we die. The humble heart seeks and receives

     instruction, counsel, and correction from

     God‟s Word. It bows before the Word and

    looks up to it. The proud heart may freely The Right Attitude

    We can know the Bible well and still not discuss it intellectually, but it looks down grow if we don't have the right attitude upon it and gives little serious thought to toward it! that which confronts its earthly desires.

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    just a kid‟s song; it‟s a truth for life! Scriptures to Consider

    Mt. 13:18-23 - V23: “But the seed falling on These scriptures are like big flashing elec-

    good soil refers to someone who hears the tronic billboards. As you read them, feel the

    word and understands it. This is the one who energy of God‟s Word and the effect it can produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or have. Observe that it is literally a power in thirty times what was sown.” the life of those who receive it! John 6:63 - The Spirit gives life; the flesh Psalm 1 - The man who delights in the law of counts for nothing. The words I have spoken the Lord will be like a tree firmly planted by to youthey are full of the Spirit and life.” streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither, and in John 8:31b-32 - If you hold to my teach-ing, whatever he does, he prospers. 32 Then you will you are really my disciples. know the truth, and the truth will set you Psalm 119 - Read it and feel its heartbeat. free.” Prov. 2 - Read vv6-22 to see the incredible Acts 20:32 - Now I commit you to God and benefits of receiving God‟s Word, and then to the word of his grace, which can build you read vv1-5 to see how we get it. up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified." Prov. 4:20-22 - My son, pay attention to 21what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do Romans 15:4 - For everything that was not let them out of your sight, keep them written in the past was written to teach us, so 22within your heart; for they are life to those that through the endurance taught in the who find them and health to one‟s whole body.” Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” Isaiah 55:8-11 - For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my I Tim. 4:6 - If you point these things out to 9ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens the brothers and sisters, you will be a good are higher than the earth, so are my ways minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the higher than your ways and my thoughts than truths of the faith and of the good teaching 10your thoughts. As the rain and the snow that you have followed.” come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it II Tim. 3:16-17 - All Scripture is God-bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuk-ing, 11sower and bread for the eater, so is my 17correcting and training in righteousness, so word that goes out from my mouth: It will that the servant of God may be thoroughly not return to me empty, but will accomplish equipped for every good work.” what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Heb. 4:12 - For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged Jer. 15:16 - When your words came, I ate sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and them; they were my joy and my heart‟s spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the delight, for I bear your name, LORD God thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Almighty. James 1:21 - Therefore, get rid of all moral Mt. 4:4 - Jesus answered, “It is written: filth and the evil that is so prevalent and „Man shall not live on bread alone, but on humbly accept the word planted in you, every word that comes from the mouth of which can save you.” God.‟” (Also Deut. 8:3) I Peter 1:22-25 - Now that you have Mt. 7:24-27 - Story of men who built their purified yourselves by obeying the truth so houses upon the rock, and sand. This is not

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    that you have sincere love for each other, life-giving Word of God? 23love one another deeply, from the heart.

    For you have been born again, not of A Searching Mind

    perishable seed, but of imperishable, through Think about this. Isn't it true that those who 24the living and enduring word of God. "get ahead" in business, or any field of For, “All people are like grass, and all their endeavor, are those who read a lot; ask glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass questions; and listen a lot? Aren't they 25withers and the flowers fall, but the word always ready for new information; even if it of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the means changing their mind about some-word that was preached to you.” thing? Should our pursuit of Christlikeness be any different than their pursuit of their What was happening inside of you as you profession? read those verses? How do we respond to such simple and powerful truths? What do they say to the needs that lie within us, and Closing Thoughts in the broken people around us? This whole lesson is about one teeny tiny simple little principle. There‟s no compli-What do they say to the dullness that many cated theology here. Christians have toward God's Word? However, simple as it is, it is absolutely Truly, God's Word is alive, active, and able essential to spiritual maturity; to abundant to help us become more like Jesus! It is able living; and to effective Christian service. In to lead us into the abundant life that He accepting or rejecting the core point of this provided for us at the cost of His own life. lesson we open or close the door to the full-And it is able to equip us for every good ness that God has for us. work in making God known to others. Where do we look when we need help in life? Is it possible that we would go to Other Words God‟s Word more often if we didn‟t need to God‟s Word is not the only “voice” that humble ourselves so much in order to wants to direct our steps. The world that benefit from it? we live in, is ruled by another master whose voice is spoken in our hearing every day. Read John 8:31-32 and try to feel the “We know that we are of God, and the

    imperative of abiding in the Word. We need whole world lies in the power of the evil

    it to help keep us pure as we walk in a one.” I John 5:19

    contaminated world. Do we understand

    how desperately we need to receive We are constantly bombarded with mess-

    instruction from our Master while we live in ages from radio, TV, music, advertising,

    enemy territory? magazines, theater, educational institutions

     and friends; messages which are directly

    Let's understand that God wants to show us contrary to God's.

    His way in the experiences of every day! It

    is there that His Word becomes practical! It‟s hard to live in a pigpen and smell like a

    Let‟s approach the Word with both our rose, yet that is what God calls us to! How

    mind and our heart; coming for knowledge, can we possibly expect to become more like

    instruction and even correction! As you Jesus, and less like the world, unless we

    read, ask God to instruct and correct you distance ourselves from some of these

    through His Word, and to actively bring influences and fill ourselves with the

    change into your life. He is waiting for that cleansing, renovating, change-affecting and 31

    but it is something we need to choose to do! any book written by a man.

     3) It is a sign of personal strength, or

    weakness, to look for help in the Prayer:

    Jesus, I want to have a deeper respect for scriptures when we find ourselves in the scriptures and for the practical way in need?

    which they can speak to my life. I want to

    search your Word and apply its truths to

    my life more often.

    Jesus, I want to see you, and me, as I read 4) Does the typical American Christian run the scriptures. Show me how to become to the Bible for help in dealing with more like you; and how to bear the everyday issues including finances, fragrance of your presence as I serve you relationships and conflict?

    in this sinful world.

Please remind me often of the splendor of

    your Word, and work in me an appetite

    for it. I humble myself before your 5) Does the typical American Christian message to mankind, and I know there is think of the Bible more as telling us how no other path to abundant life on earth or to go to heaven when we die; or of to being in heaven with you, forever. revealing the person and work of God

     and telling us how to live for Him in our

     years on earth?

     Questions for Thought and Discussion

    1) What is the best book you ever read

    (besides the Bible)? Why would you

    choose that one?

     6) What kind of “other words” have you

     heard lately that could draw a Christian

     away from God?

2) How practical is God‟s Word to life in stthe 21 century?

    a) It has some good stuff but it‟s also

    outdated and sometimes irrelevant.

    b) One has to “pick and choose” 7) What is it about man, or about life, that

    because life in America is so can diminish the way we treasure God‟s

    different than it was for the writers Word? (Both the Bible and the truths it

    of scripture. contains.)

    c) I find it to be very practical and

    instructive. It helps me better than

    Aug. 2011. This is Lesson 8 in the workbook "More Like Jesus,” and is one of many resources that can be

    found at www.John2031.com. ? 2011, Ken Stoltzfus, P.O. Box 228, Kidron, OH 44636 USA. May be

    printed for personal use and may be reproduced for non-commercial purposes without further permission as

    long as source is acknowledged. Bible quotations are from the New International Version unless otherwise

    noted.

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