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Part 2-Bible Study

Jeremiah 23:29

Today’s Question: Are you ready to experience true life change on a daily basis?

Jeremiah 23:29 (NLT); Does not my word burn like fire?”
says the Lord.
“Is it not like a mighty hammer
that smashes a rock to pieces?

Bible Study: The Power of God’s Word. How would your life change if you allowed the Scriptures to shape your daily life?

  1. God’s Word is p_______ like a blazing f_____: “Does not my word burn like fire?” says the LORD.
    • Fire is often a symbol of the _______ of God in a place.

Exodus 3:2; And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.

Exodus 13:21; And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.

Matthew 3:11; I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Acts 2:1-3; When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.

  • Fire is an instrument of ________.

Zechariah 13:9 (NLT); I will bring that group through the fire and make them pure. I will refine them like silver and purify them like gold. They will call on my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘These are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.’”

Proverbs 17:3 (NLT); Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the LORD tests the heart.

I Peter 1:6-7 (NIV); In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

  • Fire is a symbol of the passionate ____ of the Holy Spirit.

I Thessalonians 5:19; Do not quench the Spirit.

Call to action: Make a commitment to study the Scriptures daily starting today.

  1. God’s Word is p_______ like a mighty h______: “Is it not like a mighty hammer that smashes a rock to pieces?”
    • A hammer represents might and power.
    • A hammer represents _______ and ________.

Hebrews 4:12; For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5; For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

  • The Word of God breaks the hard heart into pieces like a hammer shatters a rock into pieces.

Ezekiel 36:26-27 (NLT); And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.

Psalm 119:11; Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.

Call to action: Memorize one verse that is relevant to your present spiritual need.

Tips for memorizing God’s Word from the Navigators:

4 Steps to Memorizing More Scripture

Step 1: Pick an area of gospel truth you’re motivated to understand more deeply

Step 2: Dig into the context

Step 3: Memorize in bite-sized pieces

Step 4: Review with friends”[1]

  1. God’s Word is a _____ that illuminates your daily steps.

Psalm 119:105; Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

  • So how can I read the Bible in a way that I can understand and apply it?

The Sword Study Method: A popular method of reading the Bible in a way that helps you apply God’s Word in every area of your life.

“The Sword Method helps believers learn how to read the Bible as well as understand and apply it to their lives. It starts with a simple picture of a sword, which has four sides that coincide with four questions. We encourage them to ask these same four questions every time they read a passage of Scripture.

The four questions are:

  1. What do I learn about God?
  2. What do I learn about man?
  3. Is there an example to follow?
  4. Is there a command to obey?


Using these four questions, believers of every walk and background can discover more about God, humanity, and how they can display their love for Him through obedience to His word.”[2]

Resources for Bible Study:

  • Youversion Bible App. Download and pick a daily Bible reading plan. Add Arden First Baptist as your church and you will find preselected plans for you and your family.
  • Rightnowmedia. We provide this for you for free! Simply sign up on our website under the media tab and register.
  • com. This is a great resource for Bible study: Devotionals and commentaries.
  • Arden First Baptist Podcast. We have taught though several books of the Bible. Go back and pick a book and listen through the teachings.
  • Thomas Nelson NKJV Study Bible. This is one of the best study Bibles that I have found.
  • For a new believer: The NIV or NLT Life Application Study Bible is a good Bible to start with.
  • Listen to good Bible teachers on Youtube such as Pastor Skip Heitzig, David Geziuk, or Gary Hamrick.
  • Keeping a spiritual prayer journal can greatly help you in your daily Bible reading.
  • Want to go deeper? Try reading a commentary along with your Bible study. What do I recommend? The Bible Knowledge Commentary by Zuck is a great book to start. The Be Series by Warren Wiersbe is another great resource. Want a commentary with good stories? Try a commentary by Pastor Chuck Swindoll.

Today’s Big Idea: God’s Word is purifying like a fire, powerful like a hammer, and illuminating like a light.

Action Steps (Applications):

  • Commit to a daily study of the Scriptures. This will be one of the most important decisions that you can make in your life!
  • Treasure the Word in your heart. Get into the Word and allow the Word to get into you!
  • Practice the put on/put off method. For every sin and struggle—confess, repent, and replace the vice with a virtue. Memorizing key Scriptures pertaining to your struggle is a great way to overcome your sin or struggle.

Preview for next week: Holy Habits, Part 3: Giving. Bring a friend!

[1] Resource comes from the Navigators,

[2] Quote and resource from:

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