Let’s talk about BOB- FQA

The challenge is….

Could you talk about BOB?

Could you recognise what is NOT BOB? Could you point out the difference?

If you can’t do the challenge, you might want talk to someone you trust and can talk about BOB

BOB’s not my uncle but is important all the same….

1. There is one God, who is three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things.

2. God in revealing Himself inspired the Holy Scriptures so that they are entirely trustworthy and have supreme authority in matters of doctrine, faith and conduct.

3. We all were made for fellowship with God, but disobeyed Him. So we all have become sinners, guilty in God’s sight, under His wrath, and alienated from Him.

4. Jesus Christ, God’s own son, became truly human. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.

5. Jesus Christ took on Himself the sin of the world when He died on the cross as our representative and substitute. God thereby showed His love for us and provided the only way for us to be forgiven and reconciled to Him.

6. Jesus of Nazareth was raised by God from the dead.

7. The Holy Spirit brings us to trust Christ and repent of our sins, lives in us, and develops our new life in Christ in the fellowship of the Church.

8. Jesus Christ, the living Lord, will return in person as Judge and King.

Some questions about where BOB comes from ….ie the Bible

* How can I be sure that what I hear and read is from God not someone’s opinion or an emotional experience?

God has given us the bible so that we can test opinions and experiences we encounter. The challenge is to read the bible regularly, wrestle with the text and allow the words to speak to us. Thankfully, we don’t have to do this alone. You could join a church home group/TSCF bible study/other groups on campus with BOB

or follow a bible reading blog like the one from D A Carson http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/loveofgod/

or you can join WordUp on Facebook every summer and learn with others. https://www.facebook.com/groups/wordup.nz/

or you could listen to the audio version or use tools found on http://www.biblegateway.com/devotionals/

The point is to study the bible, learn the bible so that the bible is the basis of all that we encounter.

* When I read the bible, it does not seem relevant to my studies or daily life. Are you sure the bible is relevant for today?

Yes the bible changes our perspective on how we interpret events around us. These blogs give some examples: http://vinothramachandra.wordpress.com/http://www.emergentkiwi.org.nz/. The question is how is the bible relevant to what we learn at university, watch in the movies and lead our lives. Good questions to ask now and always.

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