ITC Confessions: Of the Scriptures
Passage: 2 Timothy 3:14–17
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION
- Charles Spurgeon was one of the most respected preachers and theologians throughout modern history. During his ministry, he was embroiled with denominational conflict over doctrine when a popular movement was trying to change the way people thought of Scripture. It was suggested that it was not Holy. Spurgeon stood his ground for an infallible, God-breathed, Spirit-inspired, completely trustworthy Scripture, but many fell away from that doctrine. In what ways is the Bible looked at in today's western culture? What do you think of the Bible as the Holy Scripure of God?
- 2 Timothy 3:16 says that all Scripture is "God-breathed." What does that mean? Why do you think God has chosen to "inscripturate" himself (use the written Word to reveal himself to men and women)?
- Kyle mentioned an old saying: "In the Old Testament, you have the New Testament concealed. In the New Testament, you have the Old Testament revealed." What does this mean?
- If the Bible truly is God's Word to us, what does that say about its authority? If authority didn't rest in God's Word, where would it be found? What are some examples of the world around us look for authority in other places?
- From 2 Timothy 3:17, why do you think how we view and treasure Scripture is important? If understanding Scripture is important, how much should we be reading it, thinking about it and sharing it? What are some examples from your life when Scripture turned around your thinking about something or equipped you for an unforeseen or difficult situation?