TEXT: 2 PET. 1: 5 – 12
Man is a guided being, he always looks for someone or something to guide him to where he wants to go, or what he wants to know. It is very important for somebody to have a reliable guidance. When Philip asked Cornelius whether he understood what he was reading, in the book of Isaiah chapter 53, he answered, ‘how can I know when no one guided me…’ Acts 8: 31 – 32. Christ promised to guide us until the end of time – Matt. 28: 20 only if we give our attention to the Bible – James 1: 25
Bible: The holy book of the Christian religion, consisting of the Old Testament and the New Testament (the word of God)
Guide: (1) A person who shows other people the way to a place
(2) A person who advise you on how to live and behave
Christian: Christ-like person. Having the quality of Christ.
Living: A way or a style of life.
- It will help us to know the importance of the Bible to Christian living
- It will help to know that the Bible is the word of God, not the word of man
- It is the Bible alone that can make better homes, husbands, wives, children, fathers, citizens, better mothers, this lesson will afford us the opportunity to have at least one or
We have more copies of the Bible in our homes, butnot only to have it but also to read and study it for our correct Christian living.
In our study this morning, we shall endeavor to see examples in the bible of those who were guided by the bible, the word of God, the life style they lived, whether it was in line with the bible principles.
We shall also try to search into other books to see what the people of the world say about the Bible.
The Bible is the only book that gives us information about God, Christ, the Holy Spirit and the relationship between God and man. The Bible is the mouthpiece of God today. What God wants man to do for Him (God), and what man should do to his fellow man, even unto himself. These form the basis of Christian living.
Let’s read from the text – 2 Pet. 1: 5 – 12
Vs5 ‘And besides, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and your virtue, knowledge…’
Vs 6 ‘And to knowledge, temperance; and to temperance, patience; and to patience, godliness…’
Vs 7 ‘And to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, charity…’
Vs 8 ‘For if these things be in you and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren, not unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ…’
Vs 9 ‘But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and had forgotten that he was purged from his old sins…’
Vs 10 ‘wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure; for if ye do these things, he shall never fall.
Vs 11 ‘For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly unto the everlasting kingdom of our Lord Saviour Jesus Christ
Vs 12 ‘Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.
Noah was guided by the dove Gen. 8: 15 – And God spoke unto Noah, saying:
Vs 16‘Go forth the ark, thou and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee…’
God guided the children of Israel by the pillar of light and of the cloud – Exo. 13: 12
Today, man is guided by the word of God – 2 Tim. 3: 16 – 17 – both in the spiritual and physical, man is a guided being – Deut. 6: 4 – 8; 1 Pet. 2: 2; Heb. 1: 1 – 2; Rom. 8: 12 – 14.
Let’s listen to others in their views about the Bible as a guide in Christian living. These quotations are from George W Detoff publication in Mwfreesboro, Jennessee, USA. “The first and almost the only book deserving universal distinction is the Bible, I speak as a man of the world to men of the world, and I say to you, “search the scripture” by John Quincy Adams.
“I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible. Take all of this book upon the reason that you can, and the balance upon faith and you will live and die a better man.” By Abraham Lincoln.
“The Bible has been the Magna Chasta of the poor and oppressed; down to modern times, no state has a constitution in which the interest of the people are so largely taken into account; in which the duties so much more than the privileges of the rulers are insisted….Nowhere is the fundamental truth that the welfare of the citizens as strongly laid down” by Thomas Henry Hucly. King John of England was forced to sign this document into law in 1215 AD.
“I have always said, and will always say, that long time spent in studying this sacred volume will make better homes, better citizens, better fathers, better mothers, better wives, better husbands and better children” By Thomas Jefferson.
UYO TOWN CHURCH OF CHRIST, 20 PAUL BASSEY STREET, UYO
INDOOR LECTURE FOR APRIL 2017 PRESENTED BY BROTHER E.A.U. EKONG (MIN.)
ON 2ND APRIL, 2017