The Bible, consisting of 66 books, divided into two Testaments (Old and New) is the Word of God. In Peter’s second letter he writes, “for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (). Over a time period of around 1,500 years by about forty different authors on three different continents (Asia, Europe and Africa), in three different languages (Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek) the Word of God was written. However, the ultimate source of the Bible is God. Unlike any other document in this world, the Scriptures originate with God, thus making them His Word. This is why Scripture is authoritative, relevant and sufficient. Continue reading The Bible: The Big Picture
21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
God – the Creator and Sovereign of the universe – is not silent. He has spoken and continues to speak through His Word. For this reason, reading Scripture is of paramount importance for the people of God. As we start a New Year, this is a great time to choose a Bible reading plan, be resolved and start reading! Continue reading Bible Reading for 2015
Reading and studying the Bible is a rewarding experience. The Psalmist declared, “I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes” (). By means of this consistent activity, we come face to face with what God has spoken. This is a true delight!
On the HBC blog, in addition to the various topics and issues we will write about, once a week we will be posting an instalment from our new Bible Devotion Series.
The plan is for you to READ, STUDY, and APPLY a passage of Scripture. The approach will be for you to work your way through a book of the Bible. In the post you will have the passage of Scripture, a brief commentary and then some study questions (this could even be used in a Bible study group context).
These posts are designed to be brief so they won’t answer every question you may have from the passage. We would encourage to to dig deeper in the text as a result of these devotions.
The first Bible Devotion Series will be 1 Timothy.
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48 I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love,
and I will meditate on your statutes.
This post is an exerpt from DESIRING GOD written by John Piper.
“When Paul says to put to death the deeds of the body “by the Spirit”
(), I take him to mean that we should use the one weapon in the Spirit’s armor that is used to kill. Namely, the sword. Which is the word of God. ().
So when the body is about to be led into a sinful action by some fear or craving, we are to take the sword of the Spirit and kill that fear and that craving. In my experience that means mainly severing the root of sin’s promise by the power of a superior promise. Continue reading Some Proven Weapons in the Fight for Holiness
13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”
“Do not prophesy to us what is right; speak to us smooth things … let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”
These are words we know as Evangelicals. We know about liberal churches and wishy-washy Christians and even pagans for that matter, who will not listen to the Word of God. They want to hear smooth things to suit their itching ears. They want a positive message that makes them feel good. They don’t want a message that will make them feel uncomfortable and call on them to repent.
That’s how I used to think of the Pharisees when I read about them in the Gospels. The Pharisees were those religious, stubborn-hearted fools! But then I realised one day that I was looking in the mirror. The Pharisees are us: you and me. The Gospels are not written for the Pharisees ‘out there’. The Gospels are written for us. We are the Pharisees. Continue reading Do I believe the Bible?
3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
10 who say to the seers, “Do not see,”
and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us what is right;
speak to us smooth things,
11 leave the way, turn aside from the path,
let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”
“Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against the flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
The Christian Life is a Battleground
If we think Satan (the devil) and demons are fictional, therefore being ignorant to their subtle but deadly schemes to lure us away from God, then he is achieving his goal. Christians must be aware that every day they are caught up in an ‘unseen’ battle to which most people are oblivious. The Christian life is a battleground, not a playground. Our enemy, Satan, is real, ruthless and sneaky. He is the prince of this world and has power and control of it (1 John 5:19). He has blinded those who don’t believe in Jesus (2 Cor 4:4). He and his army of demons have immense power in this dark and corrupt world. We are described as sheep to the slaughter (Ps 44:22), prey of a prowling, roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8-9) and lambs amongst hungry wolves (Luke 10:3)! By Continue reading Our Daily War!
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.