The Bible as a Guide to Everyday Living

The Bible as a Guide to Everyday Living

1C The Bibles primary purpose is practical and dynamic. The Bible as a Guide to Everyday Living OT full of religious laws, but its also full of general guides as to how to live. For Christians, Jesus is the true guide for the right way to live- not the Bible. Although Christians are not saved based on their behaviour, true faith should be reflected in their behaviour. 1C The Bibles main purpose is practical.

The Bible as a Guide to Everyday Living It is supposed to guide its readers in their daily living. OT- books of law. More general passages about how to behave: Psalm 119. Christians believe it acts as a guide because it points people to Jesus. Jesus didnt offer lots of rules to live by, but he did set an example. 1C Matt 5-7 The Sermon on the Mount Jesus taught that righteousness needed to go beyond that of the Pharisees. He quotes key teachings in Judaism, and talks about how The Bible as

a Guide to Everyday Living they should be practiced. Matthew 12:10, Matthew 15:1-3, Luke 6:1-4 (examples of Jesus breaking Pharasiac Law.) Jesus did not object to the law, but to wrong interpretations of the law. They should obey the spirit of the law, not the letter of the law. Actions AND motives need to be right. Christians are not required to follow Jewish law on diet or ritual. 1C Paul writes in Romans 15:4 that Scripture has been written for our instruction, but also for encouragement. it deals with timeless elements of human nature, portraying

The Bible as a Source of Encouragemen t and Comfort human beings with hopes and failures that all people can identify with. Portrays a God whose love for humanity does not change. The Bible has something to say about common difficulties, we struggle with: temptation, sin, bereavement, poverty, conflict, fear of death. Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?- Matt 6:25 1C Temptation and sin: Even though people fail, there is repentance and God forgives the repentant.

Bereavement: The Bible as a Source of Encouragemen t and Comfort God is our refuge and our strength, an ever present help in times of trouble- Psalm 46: 1-3 Teaches that death is not the end. Christians believe that death is only temporary, and that God will resurrect people. Poverty: Teaches that the poor are to be treated equitably, that we need to give to the poor. Jesus identified with the poor and warned of the risks of being rich. 1C Suffering: Suffering, when handled joyfully, can be a testimony to the

The Bible as a Source of Encouragemen t and Comfort character of Jesus. It can help people to maintain a spirit of humility, to learn to empathize, to rely on Gods promises. It can be a test of loyalty. On fear of death: It teaches that Jesus conquered death, so human beings may share in this. These teachings can be a comfort to Christians. Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?- Matt 6:25

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