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1 st The Heart of RENEW 40 – 6 Small Group Studies If you are Not in a group - You should join one today 2 nd component: 40 DAILY VIDEO DEVOTIONS Starts Mon. Apr 16 th – Taught by all of our Pastors. 3 rd component : 6 Bible verses memorize together
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1st The Heart of RENEW 40 – 6 Small Group StudiesIf you are Not in a group - You should join one today
  • 2ndcomponent: 40 DAILY VIDEO DEVOTIONS
  • Starts Mon. Apr 16th – Taught by all of our Pastors.
  • 3rdcomponent: 6 Bible verses memorize together
  • 4th component: 6 SUNDAY MESSAGES
  • Foundation - What is the Purpose of the Bible?
  • Illumination - How can I see what God wants me to see
  • Interpretation - How do I know what it means?
  • Integration - How do I integrate God’s Word into my life?
  • Application - How can I USE God’s Word effectively?
  • TODAY: 1. INSPIRATION: Can I trust the Bible? INSPIRATION: Can I TRUST the Bible?The Bible is the most translated &most read book in the world
  • 2 Tim. 3:16-17“All Scripture is God-breathedand is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
  • Ps.119:86“Allof your commands can be trusted”
  • How do I know I can trust the Bible?I CAN TRUST THE BIBLE BECAUSE…
  • IT IS HISTORICALLY ACCURATE!
  • GOD CANNOT LIE!HEB. 6:18 “It is impossible for God to lie!” Ps. 33:4“The Word of the Lord is right and true.”
  • Most of the Bible is from eyewitness accounts
  • Archeology always confirms the Bible eventually
  • 3. The Scriptures have been copied with extreme care!2. IT IS SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE!
  • Ps.148:5-6 (NLT) Let every created thing give praise to the Lord, for he issued his command, and they came into being. He established them foreverand forever. His orders will never be revoked.”
  • For Thousands of yrs everyone believed…Scientific Evidence
  • Recent scientific evidence is adding to the evidence supporting the reliability of biblical chronology from the scriptures. This study demonstrated the reliability of the Biblical record regarding the Egyptian plagues and demise of Jericho.
  • Drs. Hendrik J. Bruins and Johannes van der Plicht reported in the prestigious British journal, Nature (14), that the destruction of Jericho was dated to 1580 (+/- 13 years) B.C. (using 14C dating). This date is significant, since several archeologists have insisted that Jericho was destroyed by the Egyptians between 1550 and 1300 B.C. The recent study discredits the Egyptian theory, since the date is much too old.
  • Scientific Evidence
  • What is even more exciting is that scientists, using 14C dating and tree rings, have found evidence of a volcanic eruption from the Aegean island of Thera, which recently has been dated to 1628 B.C. (15). This would place the eruption at 45 years prior to the destruction of Jericho, at a time which coincidentally corresponds to the time of the plagues the Lord unleashed upon Egypt. Check out Exodus 10:21 Then the Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward the sky, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even a darkness which may be felt." So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days.
  • Even the researchers commented that the 45 years difference in events was "rather striking."
  • The earth was flat!Yet, 2,600 yrs. ago Isaiah saidIsa.40:22 “God is enthroned above the sphere of the earth”
  • The earth has to be held up!
  • Job 26:7(NLT) “God stretches the sky over empty space &hangs the earth on nothing!”The number of stars could be counted
  • 150 BC – Hipparchus announced 1,022 stars in the universe!
  • 150 AD – Ptolemy concluded 1,026 (found 4 more)
  • Yet 2,600 yrs ago JER. 33:22 :”The number of stars are infinite”
  • Too much blood made you sick.
  • “Must bleed people to keep them alive!”
  • Science didn’t know until 1628 that blood circulates!
  • LEV. 17:11(NLT) “The LIFE of every creature is IN its blood!”25% of all Europe died of bubonic plague in Middle Ages
  • They didn’t know the value of quarantining the sick!
  • But Long before science discovered germs, God said…Lev.13:4(NLT) "…Put an infected person in quarantine for seven days. Pr. 30:5“Every word of God is flawless.”Ps. 12:6“The words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay and purified seven times!”IT IS PROPHETICALLY ACCURATE!Predicted 1000s of events that happened in history2 Pet. 1:21“No prophecy ever originated from humans. Instead, it was given by the Holy Spirit as humans spoke under God's direction.” Mt. 26:56 “But this is all happening to fulfill the words of the prophets as recorded in the Scriptures.”Rev. 22:6“The angel said to me, "These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord …sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”Prophetic Miracle
  • Unique among all books ever written, the Bible accurately foretells specific events-in detail-many years, sometimes centuries, before they occur. Approximately 2500 prophecies appear in the pages of the Bible, about 2000 of which already have been fulfilled to the letter—no errors. (The remaining 500 or so reach into the future and may be seen unfolding as days go by.)
  • Prophetic Miracle
  • Since the probability for any one of these prophecies having been fulfilled by chance averages less than one in ten (figured very conservatively) and since the prophecies are for the most part independent of one another, the odds for all these prophecies having been fulfilled by chance without error is less than one in 10 to the power of 2000 (10 with 20 zeros behind it, or 100 billion billions)
  • Prophetic Examples
  • (1) Some time before 500 B.C. the prophet Daniel proclaimed that Israel's long-awaited Messiah would begin his public ministry 483 years after the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem (Daniel 9:25-26). He further predicted that the Messiah would be "cut off," killed, and that this event would take place prior to a second destruction of Jerusalem. Abundant documentation shows that these prophecies were perfectly fulfilled in the life (and crucifixion) of Jesus Christ.
  • Prophetic Examples
  • The decree regarding the restoration of Jerusalem was issued by Persia's King Artaxerxes to the Hebrew priest Ezra in 458 B.C., 483 years later the ministry of Jesus Christ began in Galilee. (Remember that due to calendar changes, the date for the start of Christ's ministry is set by most historians at about 26 A.D. Also note that from 1 B.C. to 1 A.D. is just one year.) Jesus' crucifixion occurred only a few years later, and about four decades later, in 70 A.D. came the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus. (Probability = 1 in 105.)*
  • Prophetic Examples
  • 26 A.D. Also note that from 1 B.C. to 1 A.D. is just one year.) Jesus' crucifixion occurred only a few years later, and about four decades later, in 70 A.D. came the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus.
  • (Probability of chance fulfillment = 1 in 105.)*
  • Prophetic Examples
  • (2) In approximately 700 B.C. the prophet Micah named the tiny village of Bethlehem as the birthplace of Israel's Messiah (Micah 5:2). The fulfillment of this prophecy in the birth of Christ is one of the most widely known and widely celebrated facts in history.
  • (Probability of chance fulfillment = 1 in 105.)
  • Prophetic Examples
  • (3) In the fifth century B.C. a prophet named Zechariah declared that the Messiah would be betrayed for the price of a slave—thirty pieces of silver, according to Jewish law-and also that this money would be used to buy a burial ground for Jerusalem's poor foreigners (Zechariah 11:12-13).
  • Prophetic Examples
  • Bible writers and secular historians both record thirty pieces of silver as the sum paid to Judas Iscariot for betraying Jesus, and they indicate that the money went to purchase a "potter's field," used—just as predicted—for the burial of poor aliens (Matthew 27:3-10).
  • (Probability of chance fulfillment = 1 in 1011.)
  • Prophetic Examples
  • (4) Some 400 years before crucifixion was invented, both Israel's King David and the prophet Zechariah described the Messiah's death in words that perfectly depict that mode of execution. Further, they said that the body would be pierced and that none of the bones would be broken, contrary to customary procedure in cases of crucifixion (Psalm 22 and 34:20; Zechariah 12:10).
  • Prophetic Examples
  • Again, historians and New Testament writers confirm the fulfillment: Jesus of Nazareth died on a Roman cross, and his extraordinarily quick death eliminated the need for the usual breaking of bones. A spear was thrust into his side to verify that he was, indeed, dead.
  • (Probability of chance fulfillment = 1 in 1013.)
  • Prophetic Examples(5) The prophet Isaiah foretold that a conqueror named Cyrus would destroy seemingly impregnable Babylon and subdue Egypt along with most of the rest of the known world. This same man, said Isaiah, would decide to let the Jewish exiles in his territory go free without any payment of ransom (Isaiah 44:28; 45:1; and 45:13)Prophetic Examples
  • Isaiah made this prophecy 150 years before Cyrus was born, 180 years before Cyrus performed any of these feats (and he did, eventually, perform them all), and 80 years before the Jews were taken into exile.
  • (Probability of chance fulfillment = 1 in 1015.)
  • Prophetic Examples
  • (6) Mighty Babylon, 196 miles square, was enclosed not only by a moat, but also by a double wall 330 feet high, each part 90 feet thick. It was said by unanimous popular opinion to be indestructible, yet two Bible prophets declared its doom. These prophets further claimed that the ruins would be avoided by travelers
  • Prophetic Examples
  • that the city would never again be inhabited, and that its stones would not even be moved for use as building material (Isaiah 13:17-22 and Jeremiah 51:26, 43). Their description is, in fact, the well-documented history of the famous citadel.
  • (Probability of chance fulfillment = 1 in 109.)
  • Prophetic Examples
  • (7) The exact location and construction sequence of Jerusalem's nine suburbs was predicted by Jeremiah about 2600 years ago. He referred to the time of this building project as "the last days," that is, the time period of Israel's second rebirth as a nation in the land of Palestine (Jeremiah 31:38-40). This rebirth became history in 1948, and the construction of the nine suburbs has gone forward precisely in the locations and in the sequence predicted.
  • (Probability of chance fulfillment = 1 in 1018.)
  • Prophetic Examples
  • (8) The prophet Moses foretold (with some additions by Jeremiah and Jesus) that the ancient Jewish nation would be conquered twice and that the people would be carried off as slaves each time, first by the Babylonians (for a period of 70 years), and then by a fourth world kingdom (which we know as Rome). The second conqueror, Moses said, would take the Jews captive to Egypt in ships, selling them or giving them away as slaves to all parts of the world. Both of these predictions were fulfilled to the letter, the first in 607 B.C. and the second in 70 A.D.
  • Prophetic Examples
  • God's spokesmen said, further, that the Jews would remain scattered throughout the entire world for many generations, but without becoming assimilated by the peoples or of other nations, and that the Jews would one day return to the land of Palestine to re-establish for a second time their nation (Deu 29; Isaiah 11:11-13; Jeremiah 25:11; Hosea 3:4-5 and Luke 21:23-24).
  • This prophetic statement sweeps across 3500 years of history to its complete fulfillment—in our lifetime.(Probability = 1 in 1012)
  • Prophetic Examples
  • (9) Jeremiah predicted that despite its fertility and despite the accessibility of its water supply, the land of Edom (today a part of Jordan) would become a barren, uninhabited wasteland (Jeremiah 49:15-20; Ezekiel 25:12-14). His description accurately tells the history of that now bleak region.
  • (Probability of chance fulfillment = 1 in 105.)
  • Prophetic Examples
  • (10) Joshua prophesied that Jericho would be rebuilt by one man. He also said that the man's eldest son would die when the reconstruction began and that his youngest son would die when the work reached completion (Joshua 6:26). About five centuries later this prophecy found its fulfillment in the life and family of a man named Hiel (1 Kings 16:33-34). (Probability = 1 in 107).
  • This prophetic statement sweeps across 3500 years of history to its complete fulfillment—in our lifetime. Probability = 1 in 10120.
  • 4. IT IS THEMATICALLY UNIFIEDLK. 24:27“Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, Jesus explained to them what was said in ALL the Scriptures concerning himself.”Jn. 5:39"You search the Scriptures because you believe they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!”5. IT IS CONFIRMED BY JESUS Mt. 5:18Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter not the least stroke of a pen will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished!”Luke 11:28 Jesus said: “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” 6. IT HAS SURVIVED ALL ATTACKSMt. 24:35“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will neverpass away.”1 Pet. 1:24-25“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.”IT HAS TRANSFORMING POWERJn.8:31-32Jesus said “If you continue in my Word, then you are my disciples indeed; And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free!”WHAT WILL BE THE AUTHORITY IN YOUR LIFE?Rom. 12:2“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.” INSPIRATION: Can I TRUST the Bible?
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