Our Manufacturer’s Handbook

September 23, 2018

Big Idea: Just as we have an instruction Guide, that comes in many languages, with an IKEA project, we’ve been given, by our Creator, a complete guide to the workings of spirit, soul and body of mankind. It’s called the Holy Bible.

 

Scriptures: … and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:15-17 NASB

 

The center verse of the Bible. It is better to take refuge in the Lord Than to trust in man.  Psalms 118:8 NASB

 

Let’s begin with the Index. You’ll find 66 books, or chapters, of the Bible, which simply means, “book”. There are two Testaments, or “agreements”, called the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Bible was written by forty men, who were inspired by the Holy Spirit, over a period of 1600 years. Think of the Bible as a library of books, divided into sections such as history, poetry and prophecy.

 

The Old Testament. The Old Agreement, which is two-thirds of our Bibles, was between God and the nation of Israel. It simply says: “If you obey me, you will live and enjoy all the benefits of my blessing. If you disobey me, you will suffer the consequences of your choice, which will eventually lead to death.” Deuteronomy 28 describes both the blessings of obedience, and the consequences of disobedience.

 

Moses was given a summary of the Law of God and recorded it in Exodus 20. It’s called the Ten Commands. Then following his receiving of the Commands and explaining them to Israel, they performed a ceremony as a reminder of the blood covenant.

 

Then Moses came and recounted to the people all the words of the Lord and all the ordinances; and all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words which the Lord has spoken we will do!”

 

Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. Then he arose early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain with twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel. He sent young men of the sons of Israel, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls as peace offerings to the Lord.

 

Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and the other half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar. Then he took the book of the covenant and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient!”

 

So Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, and said, “Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.” Exodus 24:3-8 NASB

The New Testament. The New Testament is a one-sided covenant, or will, made by God the Father, concerning Jesus. He’s prepared a personal “last will and Testament” for the distribution of his assets to his beneficiaries. This will was ratified by Jesus’ blood and became effective at his death.

For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

 

In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

 

For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

 

In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 NASB

 

Application: A plan for your personal Bible Study

 

  1. Take your Bible with you to church each Sunday and take notes on what you hear the pastor say. Formulate questions you have and ask your home group or the pastor.

 

  1. Plan a daily or weekly reading schedule. For example, if you read three chapters a day for six days and five chapters one day, you can read the Bible through in one year. Or you can follow the “Red Thread” plan for 2019.

 

  1. What can you do to further your study? Join a Life Group, or come to “Digging for Diamonds” Bible Study on Wednesday evenings, or attend Bible Study Fellowship for ladies at Coquitlam Alliance, Thursdays at 9:30 am.

 

  1. Think about how you will mark or make notes in your Bible.

 

  1. Memorize a verse regularly. Try the key verse, 2 Timothy 3:16 this week.

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