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BASIC CHRISTIAN DOCTRINES

Ten Fully Reproducible Bible Outlines that will frame your Faith!
by Rob Lamont


1 Can you prove God?
 1. How can you prove the following?

Love, Air, Captain Cook (History), God

2. How do we find out about God?

John 1:18 "No one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is truly God and is closest to the Father, has shown us what God is like."

3. People cannot guess what God is like by themselves but need God to tell them what He is like?

1 Cor. 1:21 "God was wise and decided not to let the people of this world use their wisdom to learn about him. instead, God chose to save only those who believe the foolish message we preach."

4. Why can people not see God?

1 Timothy 6:16 "Only God lives for ever! And he lives in light that no one can come near. No human has ever seen God or ever can see him. God will be honoured, and his power will last for ever. Amen."

John 1:18 "No one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is truly God and is closest to the Father, has shown us what God is like."
 
 

Hints About God
Creation
Romans 1:18-20 "From heaven God shows how angry he is with all the wicked and evil things that sinful people do to crush the truth. They know everything that can be known about God, because God has shown it all to them. God's eternal power and character cannot be seen. But from the beginning of creation, God has shown what these are like by all he has made. That's why those people don't have any excuse."

Hebrews 11:1, 3 "Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see. It was their faith that made our ancestors pleasing to God. Because of our faith, we know that the world was made at God's command. We also know that what can be seen was made out of what cannot be seen."

God Spoke

Hebrews 1:1-3 "Long ago in many ways and at many times God's prophets spoke his message to our ancestors. But now at last God sent his Son to bring his message to us. God created the universe by his Son, and everything will some day belong to the Son. God's Son has all the brightness of God's own glory and is like him in every way. By his own mighty word he holds the universe together. After the Son had washed away our sins, he sat down at the right side of the glorious God in heaven."

Jesus is God in Human Form
God came down to earth as Jesus. Thus Jesus was God in human form.

John 14:6-11 "I am the way, the truth, and the life!" Jesus answered. "Without me, no one can go to the Father. If you had known me, you would have known the Father. But from now on, you do know him, and you have seen him."

Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father. That is all we need."

Jesus replied: Philip, I have been with you for a long time. Don't you know who I am? If you have seen me, you have seen the Father. How can you ask me to show you the Father? Don't you believe that I am one with the Father and that the Father is one with me? What I say is not said on my own. The Father who lives in me does these things. Have faith in me when I say that the Father is one with me and that I am one with the Father. Or else have faith in me simply because of the things I do."

Fact, Feelings and Faith.
James 2:19 "You surely believe there is only one God. That's fine. Even demons believe this, and it makes them shake with fear."


2 What is God like?
Supreme Lord
Isaiah 46:9-10 "I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning... My purpose will stand, and I will do what I please." NIV

Personal but everywhere
Psalm 145:18 " To our LORD, everything you do is kind and thoughtful, and you are near to everyone whose prayers are sincere."

Psalm 90:2 "You have always been God! long before the birth of the mountains, even before you created the earth and the world."

Hebrews 4:13 "Nothing is hidden from God! He sees through everything, and we will have to tell him the truth."

Has all knowledge of everything
Romans 11:33-36 "Who can measure the wealth and wisdom and knowledge of God? Who can understand his decisions or explain what he does?
"Has anyone known the thoughts of the Lord or given him advice?
Has anyone loaned something to the Lord that must be repaid?
"Everything comes from the Lord. All things were made because of him and will return to him. Praise the Lord for ever! Amen."
Created and maintains everything in the Universe.
Acts 17:24-28 "This God made the world and everything in it. He is Lord of heaven and earth, and he doesn't live in temples built by human hands. He doesn't need help from anyone. He gives life, breath, and everything else to all people. From one person God made all nations who live on earth, and he decided when and where every nation would be.

God has done all this, so that we will look for him and reach out and find him. He is not far from any of us, and he gives us the power to live, to move, and to be who we are. "We are his children," just as some of your poets have said"
  
Is loving but also just and holy
John 3:16 "God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never die."

Psalm 145:8-9 "You are merciful, LORD. You are kind and patient and always loving. You are good to everyone, and you take care of all your creation."

Revelation 15:3 "Lord God All-Powerful, you have done great and marvellous things.

You are the ruler of all nations, and you do what is right and fair.

Lord, who does not honour and praise your name?

You alone are holy, and all nations will come and worship you, because you have shown that you judge with fairness."

Our knowledge of God comes from what God has revealed in the Bible. We need to respond to God because he is Lord and Master of the Universe. As we understand the personality of God it gives us insight to how we should act towards each other. The big difference however, is that God is perfect whilst we suffer from a sinful and selfish personality.

3 The Trinity
The Father is God
1 Peter 1:2 "God the Father decided to choose you as his people.."

 The Son is God
John 20:28-29 "Thomas replied, "You are my Lord and my God!"
Jesus said, "Thomas, do you have faith because you have seen me? The people who have faith in me without seeing me are the ones who are really blessed!"

Titus 2:13 "We are filled with hope, as we wait for the glorious return of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ."

John 14:9 "Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, `Show us the Father'?"

Jesus replied: Philip, I have been with you for a long time. Don't you know who I am? If you have seen me, you have seen the Father. How can you ask me to show you the Father?"

John 5:18 "Now the leaders wanted to kill Jesus for two reasons. First, he had broken the law of the Sabbath. But even worse, he had said that God was his Father, which made him equal with God."
 

The Holy Spirit is God
Acts 5:3 "Peter said, "Why has Satan made you keep back some of the money from the sale of the property? Why have you lied to the Holy Spirit? The property was yours before you sold it, and even after you sold it, the money was still yours. What made you do such a thing? You didn't lie to people. You lied to God!"

1 Cor. 2:10-11 "God's Spirit has shown you everything. His Spirit finds out everything, even what is deep in the mind of God. You are the only one who knows what is in your own mind, and God's Spirit is the only one who knows what is in God's mind."

 The three persons are distinctive
Matthew 28:19 "Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptise them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit" (Father, Son, Spirit)

1 Peter 1:2 "God the Father decided to choose you as his people, and his Spirit has made you holy. You have obeyed Jesus Christ and are sprinkled with his blood. "(Father, Spirit, Son)

Hebrews 9:14 "How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!" NIV (Son, Spirit, Father)

2 Cor. 13:14 "I pray that the Lord Jesus Christ will bless you and be kind to you! May God bless you with his love, and may the Holy Spirit join all your hearts together. " (Son, Father, Spirit)

John 15:26 "I will send you the Spirit who comes from the Father and shows what is true. The Spirit will help you and will tell you about me." (Spirit, Father, Son)

Matt. 3:16-17 " So Jesus was baptised. And as soon as he came out of the water, the sky opened, and he saw the Spirit of God coming down on him like a dove. Then a voice from heaven said, "This is my own dear Son, and I am pleased with him." (Spirit, Son, Father)

Different roles within the Trinity
Father: is Creator and eternally Father.
Son: is the image of God in the flesh and aims to glorify the Father. The only eternally begotten Son.
The Spirit: proceeds from the Father and the Son to glorify Jesus. He brings about the completion of creation and redemption.

Unity within the Trinity
John 10:30 "I am one with the Father."

John 15:26 "I will send you the Spirit who comes from the Father and shows what is true. The Spirit will help you and will tell you about me. "Jesus is God.



4 The Divinity of Jesus.
Jesus ascribed equality with God
Col. 1:15-16 "Christ is exactly like God, who cannot be seen. He is the first-born Son, superior to all creation. Everything was created by him, everything in heaven and on earth, everything seen and unseen, including all forces and powers, and all rulers and authorities. All things were created by God's Son, and everything was made for him."

Col. 2:9 "For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form" NIV

1 Cor. 8:6 "We have only one God, and he is the Father. He created everything, and we live for him. Jesus Christ is our only Lord. Everything was made by him, and by him life was given to us."

Phil. 2:6-11 "Christ was truly God. But he did not try to remain equal with God. He gave up everything and became a slave, when he became like one of us. Christ was humble. He obeyed God and even died on a cross. Then God gave Christ the highest place and honoured his name above all others. So at the name of Jesus everyone will bow down, those in heaven, on earth, and under the earth. And to the glory of God the Father everyone will openly agree, 'Jesus Christ is Lord!'"

Hebrews 1:1-3 "Long ago in many ways and at many times God's prophets spoke his message to our ancestors. But now at last God sent his Son to bring his message to us. God created the universe by his Son, and everything will some day belong to the Son. God's Son has all the brightness of God's own glory and is like him in every way. By his own mighty word he holds the universe together. After the Son had washed away our sins, he sat down at the right side of the glorious God in heaven."

Titus 2:13 "while we wait for the blessed hope - the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ"

We are filled with hope, as we wait for the glorious return of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ."

Romans 10:9 "So you will be saved, if you say that God raised Jesus Christ from death, and if you believe this with all your heart."

Jesus humbles himself to the Father
1 Cor. 15:28 "After everything is under the power of God's Son, he will put himself under the power of God, who put everything under his Son's power. Then God will mean everything to everyone."

Luke 22:42 "Father, if you will, please don't make me suffer by having me drink from this cup. But do what you want, and not what I want."

  His sinlessness
2 Cor. 5:21 "Christ never sinned! But God treated him as a sinner, so that Christ could make us acceptable to God."

Hebrews 4:15 "Jesus understands every weakness of ours, because he was tempted in every way that we are. But he did not sin!"

1 Peter 2:22 "Christ did not sin or ever tell a lie."


5. Human traits of Jesus
The Humanity of Jesus
1 Tim. 2:5 "For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" NIV

Hebrews 5:7-8 "During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered"

John 1:14 "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."

The Word became a human being and lived here with us. We saw his true glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father. From him all the kindness and all the truth of God have come down to us.

1 John 4:1-2 "Dear friends, don't believe everyone who claims to have the Spirit of God. Test them all to find out if they really do come from God. Many false prophets have already gone out into the world, and you can know which ones come from God. His Spirit says that Jesus Christ had a truly human body.

Human Traits
John 4:6 "Jesus was tired from the journey"

John 19:28 "Jesus said, "I am thirsty."

John 11:35 "Jesus wept"

John 12:27 "Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say?"

Mark 3:5 "He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts"

Mark 6:6 "And he was amazed at their lack of faith"

Mark 14:33-34 "He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,"

Luke 4:2 "He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry."
 
 

Born Of Woman
Luke 2:6-7 "While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."

Gal.4:4 "But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law"

Virgin Birth
Luke 1:26f "God sent the angel Gabriel to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph. The angel said, "Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you."
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.
But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."

"How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"

The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God."


6. Christ's Atonement
Man is powerless to achieve his own salvation
Ephesians 2:8-9 "You were saved by faith in God's kindness. This is God's gift to you, and not anything you have done on your own. It isn't something you have earned, so there is nothing you can brag about."

Romans 3:20 "God does not accept people simply because they obey the Law. No, indeed! All the Law does is to point out our sin."
 

The death of Christ is a death for sin
Matthew 26:28 "This is my blood, and with it God makes his agreement with you. It will be poured out, so that many people will have their sins forgiven."

Romans 8:3 "The Law of Moses cannot do this, because our selfish desires make the Law weak. But God set you free when he sent his own Son to be like us sinners and to be a sacrifice for our sin. God used Christ's body to condemn sin"

Jesus is man's representative

Mark 8:31 "Jesus began telling his disciples what would happen to him. He said, "The nation's leaders, the chief priests, and the teachers of the Law of Moses will make the Son of Man suffer terribly. He will be rejected and killed, but three days later he will rise to life." "

Romans 5:19 "Adam disobeyed God and caused many others to be sinners. But Jesus obeyed him and will make many people acceptable to God."

2 Corinthians 5:14 "We are ruled by Christ's love for us. We are certain that if one person died for everyone else, then all of us have died."

The death of Christ is Substitutionary
Mark 10:45 "The Son of Man did not come to be a slave master, but a slave who will give his life to rescuer many people."

2 Corinthians 5:21 "Christ never sinned! But God treated him as a sinner, so that Christ could make us acceptable to God."

Jesus Died for all people but not all will accept
1 Timothy 4:10 "We have put our hope in the living God, who is the Saviour of everyone, but especially of those who have faith. That's why we work and struggle so hard."

1 John 2:2 "Christ is the sacrifice that takes away our sins and the sins of all the world's people."

Romans 10:9-10 "So you will be saved, if you say that God raised Jesus Christ from death, and if you believe this with all your heart. God will accept you and save you, if you truly believe this and tell it to others."

Atonement
1 Corinthians 5:7 "Get rid of the old yeast! Then you will be like fresh bread made without yeast, and that is what you are. Our Passover lamb is Christ, who has already been sacrificed."

Ephesians 5:2 "Let love be your guide. Christ loved us and offered his life for us as a sacrifice that pleases God."

1 Peter 1:18-19 "You were rescued from the useless way of life that you learnt from your ancestors. But you know that you were not rescued by such things as silver or gold that don't last for ever. You were rescued by the precious blood of Christ, that spotless and innocent lamb."

1 John 1:7 "But if we live in the light, as God does, we share in life with each other. And the blood of his Son Jesus washes all our sins away."

Man is put right with God (Justification and Reconciliation)
John 3:16 "God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never die."

Romans 3:24-26 "But God is really kind, and because of Jesus Christ, he freely accepts us and sets us free from our sins. God sent Christ to be our sacrifice. Christ offered his life's blood, so that by faith in him we could come to God. And God did this to show that in the past he was right to be patient and forgive sinners. This also shows that God is right when he accepts people who have faith in Jesus."

Romans 5:6-10 "Christ died for us at a time when we were helpless and sinful. No one is really willing to die for an honest person, though someone might be willing to die for a truly good person. But God showed how much he loved us by having Christ die for us, even though we were sinful. But there is more! Now that God has accepted us because Christ sacrificed his life's blood, we will also be kept safe from God's anger. Even when we were God's enemies, he made peace with us, because his Son died for us. Yet something even greater than friendship is ours. Now that we are at peace with God, we will be saved by his Son's life."


7. The Holy Spirit
The Spirit is distinct from God the Father
Matthew 3:16-17 "As soon as Jesus was baptised, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."

John 14:16-17 "And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever - the Spirit of truth."

The Holy Spirit shares in common with the Father and Son
the following Characteristics

Eternal
Father: Psalm. 90:2 "Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God."
Son: Col. 1:15-17 "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together."
Spirit: Hebrews 9:14 "How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!"

Power
Father: 1 Peter 1:5 "who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time."
Son: 2 Cor. 12:9 "But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me."
Spirit: Romans 15:19 "by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ."

All Knowing
Father: Jeremiah 17:10 "I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve."
Son: Revelations 2:23 "I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds."
Spirit: 1 Cor.2:11 "For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God."

Is Everywhere
Father: Jeremiah 23:24 "Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?" declares the LORD. "Do not I fill heaven and earth?" declares the LORD."
Son: Matthew 18:20 "For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."
Spirit: Psalm. 139:7 "Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?"

Holy
Father: Revelations 15:4 "Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed."
Son: Acts 3:14 "You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you."
Spirit: Acts 1:8 "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

Truth
Father: John 7:28 "Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out, "Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own, but he who sent me is true. You do not know him,"
Son: John 14:6 "Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
Spirit: 1 John 5:6 "This is the one who came by water and blood - Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth."

Loving
Father: 1 Jn. 4:7-8 "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love."
Son: 1 John 3:16 "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers."
Spirit: Neh. 9:20 "You gave your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold your manna from their mouths, and you gave them water for their thirst."
  
The Spirit sent by God the Father and Jesus the Son
John 15:26 "When the Counsellor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me."
John 16:13-14 "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you."
Galatians 4:6 "Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father."

The work of the Spirit in the World
John 16:8 "When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgement"

The work of the Spirit in the Church
John 14:16-17 "And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever - the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you."

John 14:26 "But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you."

John 16:15 "All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you."

Romans 8:9 "You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ."

Romans 8:26 "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express."


  8. The Bible
God Spoke
* The giving of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1)

* The voice of God to Old Testament Prophets "Thus says the Lord" Exodus 4:12, Ezekiel 2:7

* Dreams: Daniel 7:1f, Numbers 12:6

* Visions: Is.1:1, Ezekiel 1:1, 8:3, 11:24, 43:3

* Voice: 1 Samuel 3:4

* Miracles: Jonah 1:1, 4:6f)

God communicated through Prophets

1 Peter 1:10-12 "Some prophets told how kind God would be to you, and they searched hard to find out more about the way you would be saved. 11The Spirit of Christ was in them and was telling them how Christ would suffer and would then be given great honour. So they searched to find out exactly who Christ would be and when this would happen. But they were told that they were serving you and not themselves. They preached to you by the power of the Holy Spirit, who was sent from heaven. And their message was only for you, even though angels would like to know more about it."

2 Peter 1:20-21 "But you need to realise that no one alone can understand any of the prophecies in the Scriptures. The prophets did not think these things up on their own, but they were guided by the Spirit of God."

Revelations 1:1-2 "This is what God showed to Jesus Christ, so that he could tell his servants what must happen soon. Christ then sent his angel with the message to his servant John. And John told everything that he had seen about God's message and about what Jesus Christ had said and done."
 

Eyewitnesses writing about the events.
2 Peter 1:16 "When we told you about the power and the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, we were not telling clever stories that someone had made up. But with our own eyes we saw his true greatness"

Luke 2:51 "Jesus went back to Nazareth with his parents and obeyed them. His mother kept on thinking about all that had happened."

1 John 1:1-3 "The Word that gives life was from the beginning, and this is the one our message is about. Our ears have heard, our own eyes have seen, and our hands touched this Word. The one who gives life appeared! We saw it happen, and we are witnesses to what we have seen. Now we are telling you about this eternal life that was with the Father and appeared to us. We are telling you what we have seen and heard, so that you may share in this life with us. And we share in it with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ."

Research into the Facts
Luke 1:1-4 "Many people have tried to tell the story of what God has done among us. They wrote what we had been told by the ones who were there in the beginning and saw what happened. So I made a careful study of everything and then decided to write and tell you exactly what took place. Honourable Theophilus, I have done this to let you know if what you have heard is true."
 
Jesus is the Word of God in the Flesh
John 1:1-3, 14 "In the beginning was the one who is called the Word. The Word was with God and was truly God. From the very beginning the Word was with God. And with this Word, God created all things. Nothing was made without the Word. Everything that was created....The Word became a human being and lived here with us. We saw his true glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father. From him all the kindness and all the truth of God have come down to us."

Hebrews 1:1-3 "Long ago in many ways and at many times God's prophets spoke his message to our ancestors. But now at last God sent his Son to bring his message to us. God created the universe by his Son, and everything will some day belong to the Son. God's Son has all the brightness of God's own glory and is like him in every way. By his own mighty word he holds the universe together. After the Son had washed away our sins, he sat down at the right side of the glorious God in heaven."


9. Is the Bible inspired?
Directly Inspired by God
Exodus 24:4 "Moses then wrote down everything the LORD had said." NIV

Jeremiah 1:9 "Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, "Now, I have put my words in your mouth." NIV

2 Peter 3:15-16 "Don't forget that the Lord is patient because he wants people to be saved. This is also what our dear friend Paul said when he wrote you with the wisdom that God had given him. Paul talks about these same things in all his letters, but part of what he says is hard to understand. Some ignorant and unsteady people even destroy themselves by twisting what he said. They do the same thing with other Scriptures too." (Peter treats Paul's Writings as Scripture)

1 Cor. 2:12-13 "But God has given us his Spirit. That's why we don't think the same way that the people of this world think. That's also why we can recognize the blessings that God has given us.

Every word we speak was taught to us by God's Spirit, not by human wisdom. And this same Spirit helps us teach spiritual things to spiritual people.

2 Timothy 3:14-17 "Keep on being faithful to what you were taught and to what you believed. After all, you know who taught you these things. Since childhood, you have known the Holy Scriptures that are able to make you wise enough to have faith in Christ Jesus and be saved. Everything in the Scriptures is God's Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. The Scriptures train God's servants to do all kinds of good deeds."

1 Timothy 5:18 "It is just as the Scriptures say, 'Don't muzzle an ox when you are using it to grind grain.' You also know the saying, 'Workers are worth their pay.' " (This is a quote from Luke's Gospel.)

Writers reminded by the Holy Spirit
John 14:26 "But the Holy Spirit will come and help you, because the Father will send the Spirit to take my place. The Spirit will teach you everything and will remind you of what I said while I was with you."

Acts 4:8 "Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit and told the nation's leaders and the elders:"

I Cor. 2:10 "God's Spirit has shown you everything. His Spirit finds out everything, even what is deep in the mind of God."

What is the Purpose of Scripture
John 20:30-31 "Jesus worked many other miracles for his disciples, and not all of them are written in this book. But these are written so that you will put your faith in Jesus as the Messiah and the Son of God. If you have faith in him, you will have true life."

1 John 1:3-4 "We are telling you what we have seen and heard, so that you may share in this life with us. And we share in it with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing to tell you these things, because this makes us truly happy. God Is Light Jesus told us that God is light and doesn't have any darkness in him. Now we are telling you."

Hebrews 4:12-13 "What God has said is not only alive and active! It is sharper than any double-edged sword. His word can cut through our spirits and souls and through our joints and marrow, until it discovers the desires and thoughts of our hearts. Nothing is hidden from God! He sees through everything, and we will have to tell him the truth."

2 Tim. 3:14-17 "Keep on being faithful to what you were taught and to what you believed. After all, you know who taught you these things. Since childhood, you have known the Holy Scriptures that are able to make you wise enough to have faith in Christ Jesus and be saved. Everything in the Scriptures is God's Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. The Scriptures train God's servants to do all kinds of good deeds."
 

10. People and Sin
People were made in the image of God
Genesis 1:26-28 "Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it."

Genesis 2:7 "the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being."

Psalm 8:4-6 "what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honour. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet"

Image Damaged
Genesis 9:6 "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man."

James 3:9 "With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness"

Image restored in Jesus
Col. 1:15 "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation."

The image of God In Christians
Phil. 3:21 "who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body."

Ephesians 4:23-24 "to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness."

Col. 3:10 "and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator."

Man Sins
The Warning (Genesis 2-3)

2:15- 17 "The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."

Satan tempts
3:1-3 "Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?" The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'"

Denial of God by Satan
3:4-5 "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

Temptation of the fruit
3:6 "When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it."

The Fall
3:7 "Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.'

The guilt of sin
3:8-11 "Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?"

He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."

And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?"

Man suffers the consequence of sin
3:16 "To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you."

3:17-19 "To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; `for dust you are and to dust you will return."

3:22-23 "And the LORD God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever." So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken."

All people are spiritually dead, under Satan's dominion and control and subject to God's wrath
and condemnation.

Romans 5:12 "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned"

Ephesians 2:1-3 "As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath."

1 Kings 8:46 "When they sin against you - for there is no one who does not sin"

Apart from God, people are helpless and hopeless.
Romans 3:10-11 "As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God."

Jer.17:9 "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?"

1 Cor. 15:22 "For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive."