• The Active Word of God Devotional

    Hebrews 4:12

    Many times people will claim that God has commanded them to do something that violates the Bible. But as we have seen, if we disobey God’s Word, we disobey God Himself even if we think we are hearing His voice. When you sense the Lord directing you, make sure that the direction you hear does not violate Scripture. View Resource

  • Apostolic Authority Devotional

    1 Corinthians 7:10–16

    There is an unfortunate tendency to elevate the words of Jesus recorded in the Gospels and elsewhere as more authoritative than the words of the other biblical authors. But we must not do this, for Paul, Peter, and the other biblical authors were commissioned to give us the very words of God Himself. If you are tempted to view certain parts of the Bible as less authoritative than others, remember that all of its writers give us the words of God. View Resource

  • Authority and Authorship Devotional

    2 Timothy 3:16–17Ex. 10:3 • Obad. 1–4 • Nah. 1:12 • John 17:1–8 • Acts 9:1–19

    When we speak of the authorship of Scripture, we must never forget that the individual human authors of each book did contribute a distinct style and emphasis to our understanding of God. However, we must always remember that though each brought a unique contribution to the canon, God inspired each of them so that they wrote His words accurately. As you study the Bible, ask God to remind you that the words you read are indeed His words. View Resource

  • Authority and Canon Devotional

    Luke 24:36–49

    We can be certain that in His providence, God has provided us with all the special revelation He intended for His church to have. The people of God hear His voice in the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New and rightly receive them as inspired. The church does not establish the Bible; rather, the sacred events and interpretation of redemptive history in the Bible establishes the church. Thank God today for the providential provision of His Word. View Resource

  • The Authority of Jesus Devotional

    John 8:12-30

    Today’s lesson is one sustained argument for the inerrancy of the Bible. Reread the lesson carefully and then close the book and see if you can rehearse the argument to an imaginary friend. Master this argument today, both for your own confidence and so that you can tell others. View Resource

  • Biblical Authority Devotional

    John 10:35

    Church tradition and the teaching we receive in our local churches are vital for helping us understand the Scriptures. However, those authorities, as well as all other authorities, are subject finally to the Word of God. No one may demand that we believe or do something that is contrary to Scripture. Let us submit to God-ordained authorities in the church but only insofar as they teach what Scripture teaches. View Resource

  • Biblical Inerrancy Devotional

    Psalm 12:1–6

    The health of the church depends upon a firm commitment to the inerrancy of Scripture. Once the idea that Scripture teaches some false things is accepted, what fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith will fall next? But inerrancy must be properly understood lest we falsely accuse others of denying it. We must also take care in interpreting the Bible, for while the text is inerrant, our interpretations are not necessarily so. View Resource

  • Biblical Sufficiency Devotional

    2 Timothy 3:17

    We are tempted to look for God’s will in places other than the one place He has revealed it—His Word. As we ponder the will of God for our lives, we must be careful to follow the guidance of Scripture. It is sufficient to give us the principles we need to know to please God wherever we are and whatever we are called to do. View Resource

  • The Book of Scripture Devotional

    Deuteronomy 31:24–26

    Many people today are looking for the Lord to guide them through a dream, vision, or audible voice. The way God guides His people today, however, is through His written Word, which the Holy Spirit applies to the hearts of all believers and to the life of the church. It is against this Word that we must test all things and hold fast to that which is good (1 Thess. 5:21). Do you submit to the Scriptures as the final authority for your life and practice? View Resource

  • Bread, Wine, and Money Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 10:19

    When we see the great needs of other people, it is easy for us to feel a little guilty about enjoying the good gifts of God. However, we are not sinning if, as part of our God-honoring lifestyle, we go on a fun trip, eat a good meal, or do other such things. The Lord calls us to be generous with our wealth and to support the work of His kingdom, but there is a place for us to enjoy what He has given us as part of thanking Him for His goodness. View Resource

  • A Canon of Books Devotional

    Luke 24:36–49

    As scholars look at the issue of canon, they find that the church focused on three matters when receiving a book as Scripture—apostolic (or prophetic) authorship, its corporate use in the church, and the witness of the Holy Spirit to the truth of the work as inspired by God. God has confirmed our canon in many different ways, so we need not fear that we are missing something He wants us to have or are drawing doctrine from a book He did not reveal. View Resource

  • The Clarity of God’s Word Devotional

    Deuteronomy 6:6–7

    Some parents do not spend that much time talking about the Scriptures at home because they believe it is too hard to understand. But the Bible is clear enough that anyone who is willing to sit down and read can understand its basic message. If you have children at home, are you taking time to instruct them in the things of God? If you do not have children, how are you helping the church to teach children and support parents in their important work? View Resource

  • The Clarity of Scripture Devotional

    Deuteronomy 6:6–9

    Many people treat the Bible like a puzzle or a secret code that is full of hidden meanings accessible only to a select few. Nothing could be further from the truth, however. Scripture can be understood by anyone who puts in the basic effort to read it in its context. We can read and hear the Scripture with profit, knowing that God’s message to us is clear. View Resource

  • Divine Authorship and Authority Devotional

    2 Timothy 3:16–17

    Because Scripture is the living and active Word of God, what we have in the pages of the bible is the Lord’s voice. In other words, we are at no disadvantage to abraham, Moses, or the other great figures in biblical history, for we have what they had—God’s speech to His people. Let us not be tempted to think that the believers of ages past had it better than we do, for Scripture clearly reveals to us God’s will and is to be followed just as we follow the Lord Himself. View Resource

  • The Divine Origin of Scripture Devotional

    2 Timothy 3:16–17

    We must have the firm confidence that Scripture is the Word of God, or we will not be able to stand firm in the day of trial. Scripture may have been written thousands of years ago, but it is the very revelation of God Himself. What the Bible says, the Lord says, and that is why we must know, love, and obey the Scriptures. View Resource