What the Bible Is and What It Does

Series: Deconstruct | Reconstruct | Week 1: Isn't the Bible Interpreted to Fit an Agenda?

Read Hebrews 4:12 + 2 Timothy 3:16-17 in your personal Bible or at the link provided.

1. What metaphor is used to describe the Bible in Hebrews 4:12?
2. According to today’s verses, what does the Bible do?
3. What is God’s role in these things?

Many questions surround the Bible, especially when someone considers deconstructing their faith. But anytime something is deconstructed, it’s important to build an accurate framework in its place. When it comes to questions of faith, the way we view the Bible is foundational to everything else.

At its core, the Bible is a book that is “inspired” or “God-breathed.” Its contents include history, law, poetry, songs, prophecy, sermons, and letters, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a story that gives life meaning. It’s God’s story of redemption of humankind, including you. God created you for relationship with Himself, and the Bible speaks to the deep longing in all of us to see ourselves within the grand story of God.

Everything the Bible does – exposing thoughts and desires, teaching what is true, correcting what is wrong, preparing and equipping you for every good work – is built around God inviting you into His story. If you’re looking for a worldview to help you make sense of the world and that provides meaning in the midst of trials and pain, start with God’s Word.

How have you typically approached or thought of the Bible prior to today? Have you ever thought of yourself as part of the story of God?
How open are you to letting the Bible expose your thoughts and desires, teach you what is true, correct you when you’re wrong, and prepare and equip for you for every good work?
Is there something you could change in your Bible reading routine to allow more space for these things to happen?

Pray through these questions, and write down what God is prompting you to do next. Share with a friend, and take a step to apply it.

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Deconstruct | Reconstruct