Jesus and the Scriptures
July 4, 2021
Jesus and the Scriptures
Following the Servant
John 8:31, 32
When we say the Bible has authority, we mean God uses the Bible to express His .
Up to now, Jesus focused on proclaiming the gospel and on those who wanted to hear. Jesus wasn’t afraid of anyone, but confronting the religious elite wasn’t on his agenda – up to now. Having preached around Galilee, and after sending His disciples out to preach, the time has come for Jesus to turn His attention toward Jerusalem, but it’s not until chapter 10 that he journeys there. Like in these verses, what Jesus does is to confront various factions more assertively who come to Him from Jerusalem.
1. We must submit to
Jesus is saying that God’s authority is equal to the
“Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4
We must be willing to adjust our thinking – even when it hurts.
2. We must understand of Scripture.
The purpose of the Bible is that God .
3. The entire storyline of the Bible
Even though Jesus doesn’t use the word “free” in this account, He from the condemning rules of the Pharisees.
“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” James 1:22
Memory verse: “He replied, ‘Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 7 They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’” Mark 7:6, 7
Read Mark 7:1-13. Also read John 8:31-36. What does freedom mean to you, living in America? Most importantly, what does freedom mean to you as a Christian?
Read Matthew 5:17 and 28:18. Is there a difference between God’s authority, Jesus’ authority, and the authority of the Bible?
Read Mark 7:1-13. Why does our church (Clairemont Emmanuel) focus on church planting and Bible translation at the same time? How many New Testaments have Clairemont Emmanuel members translated? (Extra credit: how man of them can you name?)
What traditions can you think of that could be bad? What traditions can you think of that are good? Why?
How can you keep a good tradition from becoming bad?
Read Mark 7:1-13. In verse 5 and then in verses 10-12, Jesus gives two examples. By using these examples, what was at the heart of why Jesus was upset?
Read Matthew 4:1-11. From these verses, how did Jesus view the authority of Scripture? What does this mean for us?
Read Mark 7:1-13. According to verses 6 and 7, what is the purpose of the Bible?
If someone were to say something like this: “Why isn’t God answering my prayers? Look at all I’ve done for Him, and this is what I get back?” What does that seem to indicate?
Read Mark 7:1-13. Every account in the Bible ultimately points to Jesus. What is one of your favorite Old Testament stories? How does it point to Jesus?
What are you doing for Bible input in your life? How can you grow in that area this summer?
Read Mark 7:1-13. Spend some time reviewing your memory verse for the week and go through any question you haven’t answered yet. Is there someone you can invite today to join you for church today?