The Importance of Men’s Bible Study
“Christians who lack biblical knowledge are the products of churches who marginalize biblical knowledge” – Dr. Albert Mohler, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President
What is biblical knowledge?
Not trivia or intellectual knowledge, rather, Biblical understanding:
‘Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a life time’
Let’s randomly review our understanding of God’s word:
Origin of the Bible – Inspired? Translation. (Salvation is contingent upon this book!)
Creation Account – Wasn’t the stars and Moon created before Genesis 1:1?
Woman was made from more than a single boney structure “rib”
When did the Devil “fall”?
What’s wrong with Theistic-Evolution?
Heavens – Three heavens? – what are they like and where are they?
Before Genesis – What does the bible tell us about the time before Genesis 1:1?
Jesus’ siblings – Did he have Brothers and/or Sisters?
Jesus’ Birth – How important is the virgin birth?
Doctrines – God, Holy Spirit, Christ, Man, Sin, Salvation, Satan, Church, Hell
Dinosaurs – Where in the bible do they exist?
Fasting – What exactly is it? Is it required?
Suicide – Does a person who commits suicide go to Heaven or Hell?
Israel – Are they still chosen people?
Tongues – What is it and does it still exist today?
Unpardonable Sin – What exactly is this and where is it in the bible?
Predestination – a biblical approach to understanding this most misunderstood subject?
I John 1:9 – Did Jesus not already forgive of past, present and future sins?
Lottery – Not opinion, what does the Bible say about playing the lottery?
Divorce – God hates divorce. What does it say about time apart?
Masturbation – Sin? What do you think? Do you know?
(Anyone who lacks wisdom; let him ask of God…’)
Babies at death – I’ve heard the opinions, but I want to know myself what the bible says
Debt – Credit cards versus a Mortgage – when is “debt” sinful?
Voting – Why? Who? On what should I base my vote?
Defending the Bible Is it necessary for us to defend the gospel?
Relationships – God’s; as a Husband; as a Father [HAND OUT TONIGHT]
Why are these things important?
Men must know for themselves what the bible says about these things (…and more); otherwise they will never take a stand when it is required because their knowledge and understanding is built upon the faith and knowledge of another. (We can see what it is like to do something in someone’s strength and knowledge – Acts 19)
Greatest problem in our culture today, including our churches, is adult biblical illiteracy.
Deuteronomy 6:7 – obey all these things, teach them to your children
II Timothy 2:15 – Show yourself approved, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word
Luke 1 – Something surprised Zacharias, are we expecting His presence?
Isaiah 66:2 “For My hand made all these things, thus all these things came into being,” declares the LORD. “But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word. (NASB)
Do I tremble when God speaks?
Let’s ask ourselves:
When was the last time I was physically affected by the reality that God spoke to me?
John lost all physical strength – Rev 1:17
Paul fell to the ground upon meeting Christ on the road to Damascus – Acts 9:4
Moses trembled when God spoke to him – Acts 7:32
Peter realizing who Jesus was, “fell down at Jesus’ knees saying, Depart from me for I am a sinful Man” – Luke 5:8
His word is His revelation to us, scripture tells us that in the beginning was the word, and the word became flesh and dwelt among us. We must not loose our sense of awe that the Creator speaks to us! When we open the bible, come to church, or seek Him elsewhere – we must expect to encounter Him and tremble.
‘Fear is the beginning of wisdom’ – Proverbs 9:10
He who calmed the storm, healed the sick, raised the dead, and cast out demons, also speaks to us. And the possibilities of His majesty, intellectual capacity, love, power and kindness – is cause to tremble.
Imagine with me those disciples in the boat, seasoned fisherman. They had been on the sea many times before over the years, they had undoubtedly experienced many storms along the way, some pretty rough I am sure. The fear they experienced from the storm that arose while Jesus was in the boat, pales against the fear that came over them when Jesus spoke – and calmed the sea and winds.
Read again, Isaiah 66:2 “For My hand made all these things, thus all these things came into being,” declares the LORD. “But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word. (NASB)
Let’s look briefly at Romans 6:18 and examine ourselves.
“And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”
And whom the Son sets from is free indeed.