“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law. Matthew 7:24-29 (NLT)
The Bible is Authoritative. (God-breathed) Above all, you know this: No prophecy of Scripture comes from the prophet’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:20-21 (CSB)
The Bible is Sufficient. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3 (CSB)
The Bible is Reliable. So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 (ESV)
The Bible is Relevant. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)
Going Deeper on your own: During our Foundations series we are encouraging growth in the word of God by scripture memory and devotional reading. We will provide a scripture memory verse each weekend and have provided a bookmark, The Essential OneHundred Bible Reading Plan for you to follow along with as we put our roots down deeper into the word of God. Scripture Memory Verse: I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11 (NLT) Reading Plan: Starting this Monday, we challenge you to read one scripture a day from the Essential One-Hundred Reading Plan Monday through Friday and then meditate on what you have learned over the weekend. We pray that these key verses will help you build a strong foundation upon the word of God and develop a deeper hunger for God’s Word.