GBL-5- Back to the Bible
GBL-5 Back to the Bible
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GREAT BIBLE LESSONS
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST
SPREADING THE SOUL-SAVING MESSAGE OF JESUS
GREAT BIBLE LESSONS
“Great Bible Lessons: Lesson 5”
Introduction by narrator accompanied by a cappella singing:
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. Spreading the soul-saving message of Jesus. And now,
The message of God came to the people of Israel saying, “Thus says
the Lord, stand in the way and see, and ask for the old path, where the
good way is, and then you'll find rest for your souls.” But they said, “We will
not walk in it.”
God encouraged Israel through the great prophet, Jeremiah, to find
the old path, to seek the good way, to strive to do what God wanted them
to do, and really to go back to the word of God- back to the Bible- we might
say, for God's authority in their life.
Friend, in a day when so many are clamoring for fun and
entertainment and what may be new on the religious scene- let's realize
that what God's people need more than anything else is to go back to the
word of God and back to the Bible in an effort to strive and know Him and
please Him to the best of their ability.
In the scripture there are a host of passages that call us back to the
word of God to please Him.
For example, in Jeremiah 10:23, Jeremiah said, "Oh Lord, I know the
way of man is not in himself. It is not in man who walks to direct his own
paths." We can't make our own path to heaven. We can't determine what's
right and what's wrong. Only God, through His word, can give us that plea.
Hosea 4:6 God said, "My people are destroyed for lack of
Why did Israel go into captivity? Why did they eventually go into
spiritual ruin? A lack of knowledge.
In the New Testament in Acts 17:11, there was a group of people
known as the Bereans, and these were more fair-minded than those in
Thessalonica- in that they searched the scriptures daily to see if what Paul
was telling them was true to the will of God.
Friend, that ought to be our mindset and our plea to go back to the
Bible and see if what we're being told is true.
Do you remember the encouragement to Timothy? Paul said in 2
Timothy 2:15, "Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman who
does not need to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth." Paul
encouraged Timothy to study and to study the word of God, because it is
the truth of God's word that makes man free.
Today in our lesson, we're going to be thinking about specifically
some areas that we need to go back to the Bible for so that we can be sure
that we're right with God and pleasing to him.
First and foremost, Christians want to go back to the Bible as the sole
source of authority.
Friend, there are a lot of folks who are going to say that this book or
this man or this person or this place may have all religious authority, but
that's not what the Bible says. The Bible says that Jesus still has all
I want you to notice this scripture from Matthew 28:18. The Bible
says, "And Jesus came and spoke to them saying, all authority has been
given to me in heaven and on earth." Who has all religious authority? Well,
if I'm going to go back to the Bible, if I'm going to go back to the word of
God as it relates to authority, I've got to realize, Jesus still has all. And
friend, if Jesus has all, that doesn't leave any for us today. He has all
authority, and we must follow his directives.
Do you remember Colossians 3:17? Paul wrote to the church in
Colossae in the first century, and he said this, "In whatever you do, in word
or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the
Father through him." We must act and do and speak by the authority of our
Lord Jesus Christ.
The Corinthian church, Paul said in 1 Corinthians 4:6 that they were
not to go beyond that which is written. There's a great guideline. There's a
great marker post as it were. Don't go beyond what is written. Unless it is
specifically authorized in the scripture, we shouldn't go beyond that. This is
very similar to the words of Revelation 22:18-19. We're not to add to nor
take away from the word of God. This is why we simply want to preach the
word, 2 Timothy 4:2. This is why Christians, as they're taught in 1 Peter
4:11, are to only speak as the oracles of God.
We ought to ask these great questions. The question of Jeremiah
37:17 was asked by an evil king, but what a great question it is. “Is there
any word from the Lord?”
Paul repeated that same idea when he said in Romans 4:3, ‘what
does the scripture say?’ When it comes to how a Christian ought to live,
when it comes to what moral practices we ought to participate in and
oppose, when it comes to salvation and worshiping God- the only thing that
really matters is what the scripture says. We need to go back to the word of
God for Bible authority.
Secondly, as we think about going back to the Bible, New Testament
Christians want to go back to the Bible for worship. How does God want me
to worship Him? That's the question that ought to permeate every
Christian's mind. Not what's popular, what's the newest way to do that,
what makes people happy- No, we ought to be asking: How does God want
me to worship Him?
God is concerned about worship and the way we worship Him. John
4:24, Jesus said, “God is a spirit, and those who worship Him must worship
in spirit and in truth.” God has directives. He has a must for worship, and it
must be done in spirit with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength, Mark
12:30 and it must be according to truth. Now we know God's word is truth.
Jesus said, “Sanctify them by your truth, your word is truth.” We want to
worship God with all of our being and according to the truth of God's word.
Now I know sometimes people will say, "Well, you know, as long as
my heart's in it, as long as I'm striving to do it to the best of my ability, God
really doesn't are about the rest. He doesn't care about this type of worship
or if we do this in worship. God just wants your heart to be in it." Friends,
there's a couple of men in the Old Testament who would greatly object to
that idea. Their names are Nadab and Abihu. Leviticus 10:1-2, their life and
their example tells us that God is concerned about how we worship Him.
There were two young priests, Nadab and Abihu, and the Bible says
they offered a strange and unauthorized fire before the Lord which God had
not commanded them. Well, how well did that go over? Did God say, ‘You
know, I'm really not that concerned about whether it's what I asked for, that
you did it properly, just as long as your heart's in it.’ No. The Bible says fire
rained down from heaven and destroyed them there that day. Why?
Because they did something God had not commanded them.
God wants me to worship Him according to His authority and by the
way the Bible teaches. We should worship the Lord our God, and Him only
should we serve, Matthew 4:10.
I want to emphasize, as we think about going back to the Bible, that
there is an acceptable and implied from that, an unacceptable way to
Look in your Bible at Hebrew 12:28. “Therefore, since we are
receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace by which
we may worship God acceptably with reverence and Godly fear.”
If I'm going to fear God and reverence Him and worship Him
acceptably, then friend, I've got to have the attitude of I want to worship
God how He wants to be worshiped. Worship is not about me, and it's not
about you. There are some byproducts of scriptural worship that no doubt
will encourage and uplift us, but worship is about honoring and glorifying
God. To do that correctly, we've got to do it the way God has asked.
Now let's think about a third area where we need to go back to the
Bible. We want to go back to the Bible to learn about the church of the New
Testament. What do you know about the church that you read about in the
Bible? Is every religious group a part of that group?
Listen to the words of Jesus, our authority, on the church. Jesus said
in Matthew 16:18, "And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this
rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against
What do we know about the church? Jesus said, "I'll build my
church." The church belongs to Christ. He's the head of the church. There's
not man somewhere in the country, in Rome or in some other place that's
head of the church. The Bible says in Ephesians 1:22-23, He put all things
under His feet, Christ's feet. God gave Christ to be head over all things to
the church. He's the head of it. The church belongs to the Lord and savior
Jesus Christ. Listen carefully to what Jesus said about the church. Did
Jesus say in Matthew 16:18 upon these rocks, I'll build my churches? No.
That's not what Jesus said. Jesus said, ‘Upon this rock. Upon this solid,
foundational truth, I am the Christ, the son of the living God,’ Matthew
16:17-18. Jesus said, ‘I will build my church.’
Friend, it was never in the mind or the will of God for there to be
thousands of manmade religious churches or denominations that exist
today. The Lord built one church. Remember Ephesians 1:22 and 23? He
gave all things to Christ for him to be head over the church, which is His
body. Now, we notice from that text that the church is the body. Those are
used synonymously for that same group. How many bodies are there?
Ephesians 4:4 says there is ‘one body.’
Now think about this for a moment. If the church is the body, and if
there's only one body, the Christ only ever intended to build one church,
and so the church is unique. It is that which belongs to Christ. It is that
which brings honor to God. It is spoken of in the Bible as the church of the
Lord, Acts 20:27-28. It is the church of God, 1 Corinthians 1:1-3. It's
referred to as the church of Christ, Romans 16:17. It is the church of the
living God, 1 Timothy 3:15.
Now, what's unique about all those descriptions? They honor God.
They honor Christ- not manmade names or denominations. We want to go
back to the Bible and let God tell us about the church, how to become a
member of it, and what one must do inside the body of our Lord and Savior
Now let's direct our attention to another idea as it relates to going
back to the Bible. We want to go back to the Bible as it relates to God's
moral teaching. What does the Bible teach about morality?
Friend, the Bible clearly teaches that certain things that men say are
acceptable to God are not acceptable. Notice in your Bible 1 Corinthians
6:9-10. The Bible says, "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not
inherit the kingdom of God. Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators or
idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor
covettess, nor drunkard, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the
kingdom of God.” Think about these things that Paul recognizes, the Holy
Spirit recognizes, as immoral practices that will keep people from heaven if
they live in those. He mentions adultery. He mentions idolatry, fornication,
homosexuality, revilery, and extortion. All of these immoral practices are
contrary to the will of God.
Drunkenness is a moral principle that God clearly speaks against.
Should a Christian be a drunk? Should a Christian get drunk? Should a
Christian participate in imbibing alcohol and social drinking? Listen to the
words of Ephesians 5:18. “Do not be drunken with wine wherein is
dissipation.” The Bible clearly teaches a Christian ought not to participate in
drunkenness. Proverbs 20:1, “Wine's a mocker. Strong drink is a brawler.
Whoever is led astray by it is not wise.” I don't want to participate in
something that God says is immoral and unwise. Think about 1 Peter 5:8.
“Be sober.” There's a Greek word that means complete abstinence from
anything that would inebriate or make one drunk.
Think about things of the flesh or the sexual nature, and that is such
things like fornication and adultery and immoral, or unlicensed sexual
actions- those are things that God has said are clearly contrary to His will.
Think about Hebrews 13:4. Here is the specified place for relations
between a man and a woman. The Bible says in Hebrews 13:4, ‘marriage
is honorable, the bed undefiled. But adulterers, God will judge.’ God has
created a specific place for the passions and desires that we've been given
to be fulfilled- inside the bond of marriage.
I want to make sure as we think about these moral principles that we
don't let these things creep into our lives-sometimes that relates even to
things that the world doesn't think are that bad. Maybe the way we talk. A
Christian needs to be careful the type of word that he says. We ought not to
be people who speak like the world speaks. A Christian who curses, those
things are diametrically opposed. Colossians 3:8 ‘Let no filthy
communication come out of your mouth.’ Ephesians 4:29, that same
principle. Christians ought not to speak in such a way that is going to bring
shame and reproach on the Lord's church.
In a day and age where so many are accepting of the alternative
lifestyle of homosexuality-the Bible speaks very clearly on that subject. God
does not at all condone that lifestyle. The Bible says in Romans 1:26-29,
‘Men with men committing what is shameful, that's contrary to the will of
God.’ 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, concerning that lifestyle, the Bible says
homosexuality and sodomy, those things are contrary to the will of God,
and those who practice them and live in them will not inherit the kingdom of
We need to ask the question, in today and age when so many may
be looking for alternative moral practices; we need to realize God has a set
moral standard in the Bible. We need to go back to the Bible to understand
As we think about going back to the Bible, how Christians need to do
that today as it relates to the home, God's most precious creation, God's
design for the home is so wonderfully seen in Genesis chapter 2. God had
created all the things that we now have in the world, and he'd made Adam.
He'd made man. Everything was seen before Adam, and as he looked at all
that, there wasn't a helper comparable found to him. God took a rib out of
Adam, and he created woman. He brought her to Adam, and Adam said,
"This is bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh. She shall be called woman
because she was taken out of man." Genesis 2:24 says, "For this reason, a
man shall leave his father and mother, and be joined to his wife, and the
two hall become one flesh."
The beauty, the wonder, the splendor of the home is seen in Genesis
2, and what a great help that was designed to be for man. Husband and
wife could encourage one another, lift one another up, strive to live a life
that honors God, worship God together, and ultimately bring a home and a
family into the world where children are going to be raised in a way that
honors God. Ephesians 6:4, ‘Parents are to bring up their children. Fathers
are to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.’
Friend, listen carefully, in a day and age where the home seems to be in
shambles, where divorce is occurring more regularly all the time, where
there are children whose parents are disinterested or whose parents are
not involved in their lives- We need homes where God is put first. ‘Unless
the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it,’ the Psalmist said
in Psalm 133:1.
We need homes where the husband and wife honor their God-given
roles, Ephesians 5:21. We need homes where ultimately children are
raised to know God, to prepare for eternity, and to live a life that honors
him. Desperately today, we need to put God back in the home if it's going
to be what God wants it to.
As we think about going back to the Bible, we also realize that
Christians must go back to the Bible for how to live every day for Jesus
Christ. Christian living is not about just coming to worship on Sunday or
Wednesday, or reading your Bible a few times. All those things may be a
part of it, but the real essence of Christianity is lived in the everyday life,
every moment, and every second of how the Christian looks and conducts
himself in this life. Jesus illustrated that's a daily endeavor. Do you
remember Luke 9:23? Jesus said, ‘If any man desires to come after me, let
him deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow me.’ There's the
essence of Christianity, denying self, taking up your cross, and living for
Jesus every day. Romans 12:1-2, Paul said, ‘I beg you by the mercies of
God that you present your bodies a living scarified, holy and acceptable to
God which is your reasonable service, and do not be conformed of this
world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove
what is good and acceptable and perfect will of the Lord.’ Our life is to be a
living sacrifice, transformed from the old sinful, worldly lifestyle and
renewed by the renewing of our mind to live for God in Christ each and
every day. We should have the attitude of Paul in Galatians 2:20, “I've been
crucified with Christ. It's no longer I who live. Christ lives in me. The life
which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the son of God who loved me
and gave himself for me.”
Let's consider our life as a Christian. Let's consider the everyday
aspects of it. When I leave the home, when I go to work, when I go to my
job, when I'm involved in whatever it may be, recreation or social activities,
and when I come back home- In every waking minute of my life, am I
striving to do my best? I'm not saying we're all going to be perfect. That's
not the idea. Am I striving to really do my best every day to live for Jesus
Then we want to illustrate this idea that is so essential for going back
to the Bible. Friend, we've got to go back to the Bible and study it like we've
never studied it before.
Again, I want you to remember or think about the words of Hosea 4:6.
God said, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.”
In a day and age where the Bible is so readily available, where most
homes have a Bible, where most people can have a Bible on their phone or
their tablet or their computer, where you can get the Bible in so many
different venues- I wonder how God feels about our study of the Bible
today. Are we really studying the scriptures for ourselves? I'm not talking
about somebody telling you what the Bible says or sitting and listening to
somebody. I'm talking about are you getting your Bible and checking it for
yourself? Are you studying the Bible regularly for yourself? John 8:32 Jesus
said, ‘you've got to know the truth.’ You know it for yourself, and then that
truth can make you free. You see, God's word needs to be studied
regularly by every person. ‘Study to show yourself approved unto God,’ 2
Timothy 2:15. ‘Search the scriptures daily to see if what you're being taught
is true to the word of God,’ Acts 17:11. Check what you hear and what
people say about God and the Bible by the Bible. It's the perfect guide.
I have and you have the command from God prove all things, hold
fast that which is good. Friend, we've got to go back to the Bible and study
it like we never have before.
Then lastly, we need to go back to the Bible to learn about sin and its
cure. The Bible teaches this. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of
God, Romans 3:23. If all have sinned, I have sinned and so have you. The
wages of that sin is death, Romans 6:23. The Bible says the soul who sins
shall surely die. Sin is something every person of an accountable mind has
to deal with.
How do we do with that? Well, the good news is we deal with the sin
problem only through Jesus Christ. ‘You will call his name Jesus. He will
save his people from their sins,’ Matthew 1:19-21. Jesus made the ultimate
sacrifice for my sins and for yours. Listen to these words. Peter said, “He
himself, Jesus himself, boar our sins in his own body upon the tree that we,
having died to sin, might live for righteousness by whose stripes we are
Jesus paid the price for sin on Calvary. Have we obeyed the gospel?
Have we gone back to the Bible to learn what we must do to be saved?
Here's what Jesus said. Jesus said ‘unless you believe that I am he,
you'll surely die in your sins,’ John 8:24. Do you believe Jesus is the son of
God? Are you willing to repent of sin? Jesus also said in Luke 13:3, ‘unless
you repent, you'll all likewise perish.’ Will you acknowledge Jesus as the
son of God? ‘If you confess me before men, I'll also confess you before the
Father,’ Matthew 10:32-33. Would you do what Jesus said to be saved?
Jesus said, ‘he that believes and is baptized, will be saved.’
Friend are you a child of God? Have you obeyed the Gospel? Have
you gone back to the Bible to make sure? Have we gone back to the Bible
to make sure our lives are right with God?
If not, the encouragement today is go back to the Bible and make
sure that you're right with God while we have time and opportunity.
Study Questions for: “Great Bible Lessons: Lesson 5”
1. According to Jeremiah 10:23, what does scripture tell us about man and
2. Why were the people destroyed in Hosea 4:6?
3. According to Acts 17:11, why were the Bereans more fair minded?
4. Why should we study the Bible according to 2 Timothy 2:15?
5. According to Matthew 28:18, who has all authority?
6. How should we conduct ourselves and complete things according to
7. According to 1 Peter 4:11, what are Christians only to speak of?
8. How should we worship according to John 4:24?
9. Why did Nadab and Abihu die in Leviticus chapter 10?
10. According to 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, who won’t inherit the Kingdom of