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Bible First, Bible Most

As you reflect back on your last week, how much did the Bible inform your life? As we continue our series on the book of 1 Thessalonians, Todd Wagner teaches through 1 Thessalonians 2:13-20, teaching us that once we have a relationship with Jesus Christ, God’s Word should be the foundation of our lives.

Todd WagnerMar 22, 2020

Messages In This Series (6)
Missing Each Other Without Missing the Mark
Todd WagnerMar 29, 2020
Getting The Most Out of Time In God's Word
Todd Wagner, David LeventhalMar 22, 2020
Bible First, Bible Most
Todd WagnerMar 22, 2020
Get Used to Different
Todd WagnerMar 8, 2020
Leaders That Create Churches Others Are Thankful For
Todd WagnerMar 1, 2020
A Letter of Thanks to a Church to Be Thankful For
Todd WagnerFeb 23, 2020

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • Pray for our healthcare workers!
  • What’s one way you can serve others—be the hands and feet of Christ—this next week?
  • In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, what are you filling your mind and heart with? Take an online equipping course. Start with Keys to Effective Bible Study.

Summary

As you reflect back on your last week, how much did the Bible inform your life? As we continue our series on the book of 1 Thessalonians, Todd Wagner teaches through 1 Thessalonians 2:13-20, teaching us that once we have a relationship with Jesus Christ, God’s Word should be the foundation of our lives.

Key Takeaways

  • What should you read? You should read the Bible first and the Bible most.
  • When you open your Bible, think to yourself: “This is the Word of God!” Come eagerly, humbly, expectantly, ready to change, and ready to be sent to give it to others.
  • It takes as much energy as it does to pray as it does to worry.
  • When you meet with someone to learn from, bring a journal & a pen and come ready to write things down and take notes. Treat your time with God and His Word no differently!
  • One of the best discipleship opportunities we have at Watermark is to live life in community with other believers.
  • When you speak, the teaching of kindness—God’s Word—ought to be on your tongue. When Jesus spoke, he often simply quoted the Old Testament (at least 10% of the time, if not more).
  • God is always more eager to reveal His will to you than you will ever be to seek it.
  • I preach like an Arminian but pray like a Calvinist.
  • Christians should be the most humble people on the face of the earth.
  • We are blessed to be a blessing to others.
  • How do you get the mind of Christ? Bible first, and Bible most.
  • Do you want to know how you can know if a leader is from God? God’s leader teaches from The Book and he makes much of Jesus, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.
  • If no one ever has a problem with you what are saying, that is a bit of a problem. If we are a people of another world this world should not always like what we have to say.
  • Hinduism is the perfect system for those who want to oppress others. If you want a system that entitles you in your privilege and allows you to enslave others who are created in the image of God, Hinduism is for you.
  • We don’t realize the privilege it is to be together until we can’t be together.

Memorable Quotes

  • “I have covenanted with my Lord that He should not send visions, or dreams or even angels! I am content with this gift of the Scriptures, which teaches and supplies all that is necessary both for this life and that which is to come.” -Martin Luther
  • “Oh Lord, only feed my on thy word and I will not envy King’s their delicacies, nor even angels around thy throne the bread of heaven on which they live.” -C.H. Spurgeon in his sermon ‘Thus Saith The Lord’ on Ezekiel 11:5

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