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The Bible Series Weekly Devotion (July 17-23)
By Blair Farley

This week, your homework is designed to help grow your confidence in understanding the nature of the Bible as the story of humanity’s relationship with God.  You’ll read five different types of passages, all of which reinforce the purpose of the Bible, as well as its claims about itself.  As you read each passage, answer the questions:

  • What does this passage teach me about what the Bible is and does?
  • What aspect of our relationship with the Father does this passage teach you? The nature of the relationship? Our role in that relationship? Our responsibility in that relationship?
  • What does it teach you about the relationship with the Son and Spirit?  The nature of those relationships, our roles and responsibilities?

For example, as you read 1 Corinthians 2:6-16, you will be able to answer several questions about your relationship with the Father, the Son, and theSpirit.  We learn that God the Father is the source of wisdom (verse 7), the Spirit brings us that wisdom (verse 10) and the result is that we have the mind of the Son, Jesus (verse 16).  Now, you can probe more deeply into the passage to learn more about the nature of the relationship of the Bible giving us wisdom, in contrast to how we normally try to gain wisdom.

BIBLE READINGS

  • OT Narrative: Joshua 1:5-9
  • Prophetic: Isaiah 40:1-11
  • Psalm: Psalm 119:9-16 
  • Gospel: John 5:39, Colossians1:19-20 
  • Epistle: 1 Corinthians 2:6-16