Bethel Church Austin
Bethel Church Plant In Austin Texas

GOD'S WORD TRANSFORMS

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CORE VALUE

The goal of Scripture is to bring us into a relationship with the Author and transform us into His likeness. John 5:39-40; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Matthew 4:4; 2 Corinthians 3:15-18; James 1:22-25; Ephesians 5:25-27; Psalm 119:11; Luke 24:13-35.

As God encounters us in His Word, faith is released into our lives. Studying God’s truth empowers us to believe in who He is, who we are, and how He wants us to live. Romans 10:17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; John 17:17; Matthew 7:24-28; Colossians 3:15-17; John 8:31-32; Psalm 119:105; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Acts 8:26-40.

The primary lens through which we interpret the Bible is the person, life, and redemptive work of Jesus, because He is the most complete revelation of who God is and what God cares about. John 5:37-47; Luke 24:25-32; John 1:14; John 14:9-11; Colossians 1:15-20; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:1-3; 2 Peter 1:16-21.

The Bible is the source of infallible truth and authority by which we judge all insight and prophetic revelation. 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Matthew 22:29; John 8:31-32; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Proverbs 30:5-6; Psalm 119:160; Matthew 4:1-11.

 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

The Bible should lead us into an ever-growing relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. John 5:39-40; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Psalm 119:11; John 1:14; John 14:6.

The Bible is infallible, but our interpretation of it might not be. John 5:39-40; 2 Timothy 2:14-18; Luke 24:25-32.

Through relationship with the Holy Spirit and a Spirit-filled community, we seek to accurately interpret and apply the Bible, which helps to guard against deception and misapplication. John 16:12-15; 2 Corinthians 3:4-6; 1 Corinthians 2:9-11; 1 Corinthians 2: 16; 1 John 4:1; Matthew 7:15; Hebrews 4:12.

We come alive and are transformed as we study, hear, and act on God’s words spoken to us in a particular moment. Romans 10:17; 2 Timothy 2:14-16; Matthew 4:4; Hebrews 4:2; John 6:63; Isaiah 55:11.

As we are in Christ, we are participating in the fulfillment of the promises that God gave us in Scripture. 2 Peter 1:3-8; 2 Corinthians 1:20; Numbers 23:19; 1 Thessalonians 5:24.

When we declare God’s words, we partner with Him in transforming the world. Proverbs 18:21; Joel 3:10; Isaiah 54:1; Acts 3:6-7; Jonah 3:3-10; Matthew 4:1-11.

We need to keep listening and keep asking God questions because He can reveal more truth over time. John 16:12-13; Genesis 22; James 1:5; Matthew 7:7-11; Genesis 18:16-33.

 

DON'T MISUNDERSTAND...

God is never boxed in by our current understanding of His Word. John 8:1-11; Matthew 12:1-13; Matthew 22:29; Job 42:2-5; Act 11:1-18.

Studying the Word and experiencing God’s presence should never be separated from one another. John 5:39-40; 2 Timothy 2:14-19; Acts 11:1-18.

It is possible for a Christian to be deceived. Galatians 3:1; 1 John 4:1; Ephesians 4:22-27; 1 Peter 5:8; Colossians 2:6-8.

We should always judge and evaluate an interpretation of Scripture. Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:1; Matthew 7:15-20; 2 Peter 2:1–3.

The devil can use Scripture in an attempt to deceive a Christian. Matthew 4:1-11; 2 Corinthians 11:13-14.

Every word in the Bible should be applied with proper interpretation. 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Timothy 1:3-8; John 8:1-11.