In preparation for this year’s Winter School of Truth, I’ve been following the study group guidelines for the serving one’s and helpers. To prep for my study time tomorrow, I was just reading chapters 5 and 6 from Lesson Book 6 – The Bible, which goes into twelve proofs that the Bible is the Word of God.
I appreciated the introduction at the beginning that reminded me that we believe not because of the outward proofs but because of a living touch with God the Spirit by praying in our spirit with the Word. However, although we do not need the outward proof to believe, it is still good for us to know a few crucial facts, both for ourselves and those we come into contact with. But this is not so we can debate with them, but so we can know assuredly and also present these proofs to those seeking to know more about the Bible.
Anyway, it was so enjoyable to get into these twelve proofs! No other book has stood the same test of time, no other book has affected man so dynamically, and there is no other way by which we could know God and His eternal plan. No one else but God could have written the Bible, and He has sovereignly arranged so much so we could have the Bible and know it is His Word. Thank You Lord for giving us the Bible!
For more details you’ll have to read the chapters yourselves (you can find it on ministrybooks.org under “Lesson Book, Level 6: The Bible—The Word of God”), but I’ll just list the twelve proofs that the Bible is the Word of God!
- The proof by logic
- The proof by its completion
- The proof by its prophecies
- The proof by its power
- The proof by people’s love toward the Bible
- The scientific proof
- The proof by the history of the Jewish people
- The proof by its indestructibility
- The proof by its spread during persecution
- The proof by the word of the Lord and other writers of the Bible
- The proof by ancient documents
- The proof by archaeology
Being at the Teachers Training and getting into this again now, I am being infused with a fresh love for the Bible! So I’d recommend getting into the messages at the prep.truthschool.eu website, even if you won’t be serving at the WST. These messages are really encouraging, enlightening and supplying, and each one is just 20-30 minutes long :) It’s probably also not too late to join a study group, whether you plan to be at the WST or not (FYI the deadline to register for WST is in less than 24 hours!).
The Lord and His lovers suffered much to preserve the Bible for thousands of years so that we, the lovers of the Lord, may have this great gift. We need to treasure the Bible and study it as the most precious thing we have.Lesson Book, Level 6: The Bible—The Word of God, Chapter 6
Thank You Lord for the Bible!
Tonight is the start of the winter video training in London, and as in previous years I am preparing verse sheets to go along with the training outlines. I find these useful to quickly look up the verses as the brothers are speaking the messages, and to get into the verse references during the study times. I hope you find them useful too, and am making them available here for those who do.
These verse sheets are for the Crystallization-study of Genesis (2), and I will update this post as I go along. As a little note, in order to conserve space I tend not to quote whole chapters that are referenced, so you will need to look those ones up. Oh, and if you spot any mistakes, please let me know so I can correct them. Thanks!
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When I was living with my roommate a few years ago, we used to remind each another often of this verse:
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
This verse tells us to be thankful to the Lord, not just for the good things, but for everything. So when we were living together, and something would happen, one of us would say, “Thank You Lord…” and the other would be reminded and reply, “…for everything.”
I’ve been feeling really thankful to the Lord recently. It’s not like something particular has happened, I’m just generally thankful. Maybe it is because I read this Bibles for America article about Thanksgiving. It just seemed to sink in a bit more for me this year, that it’s not just about the yummy food (I’ve tried it, it is delicious). But it really is about giving thanks to God.
It is wonderful to have this time of year to be reminded to thank the Lord. But it is even more wonderful to realise that this does not have to be limited to once a year, or even to once a week. Our thankfulness can be daily, even moment by moment. Oh thank You Lord. Lord, thank You.
I was very sad to receive the news today that my grandmother (Popo/Japo) passed away, early this morning. She lived a long and full life, and was always with her family who loved and cared for her, and whom she loved and cared for.
I do hope that I could be such a person, doing nothing and being nothing, just walking with the Lord until the day I am taken to be with Him.
Having heard that the upcoming Summer Training is going to be on the book of Genesis, and having received a lot of encouragement recently to get into the Life-studies in a regular way, I’ve decided to pause my sporadic reading of the New Testament Life-studies (but I have made it to Luke now!) and start with Genesis. Let’s see how far I can get before the Summer Training starts!
So, also in attempt to get back into posting (sorry for my silence), I thought I’d share from my enjoyment of message one. In this message, the first part was on how the Bible is a wonderful book. And it really is! It is the breath of God, it is spirit and life, and it mainly reveals life to us. Thank You Lord, for the Bible.