Speaking the Truth in Love

Speaking the Truth in Love

Can We Understand the Bible Alike?

Jesus desires that we understand it alike.

John 17:20-21 

The apostles commanded us to see it alike.

Eph. 5:17; 1 Cor. 1:10; Eph. 4:2-6 

We must accept God's standard of authority.

Jer. 10:23Prov. 16:25

2 Tim. 3:16-17; 1 Cor. 4:6; 1 Pet. 4:11John 12:48 

Consequences of going beyond God's standard:

2 John 9Matt. 7:21-23; 15:9,13 

God spoke from the burning bush - Ex. 3:3-5
Question: What kind of bush was it? Rose, Azalea, China-berry? 
Application: The name "Christian" - Acts 11:26; 1 Pet. 4:16 

Nicodemus came to Jesus by night - John 3:1-2

Question: Why come by night? Was afraid, had to work, a convenient time? 
Application: Action of baptism: Burial - Rom. 6:4Col. 2:12 

Jesus wrote on the ground - John 8:3-9

Question: What did Jesus write? The sins, mercy, nothing at all? 
Application: Sing - Eph. 5:19Col. 3:16
God has but one church - Eph. 4:4; 1:22-23

Paul had a thorn in the flesh - 2 Cor. 12:7-10

Question: What was it? Speech impediment, poor eyesight? 
Application: Purpose of baptism: forgiveness - Acts 2:38; 22:16
Obey gospel; added to church - Acts 2:38,41,47