Encountering God Day by Day message series

Part 4 – Letting The Bible Change You
2 Timothy 3:16-17
November 20, 2022
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor


2 Timothy 3:16-17  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

1. Read the Bible TO GAIN information.

A. Psalm 19:1  The heavens declare the Glory of God.

B. Every time you open the Bible look for something about God that you didn’t know before.

C. Hosea 4:6  My people are damaged because they have a lack of knowledge about God.

D. If you are going to be an overcoming Christian, you need to begin learning what is in the Bible.

2. Use the Bible To Gain Perspective.

A. Perspective is seeing life from God’s point of view.

Gaining Information is about what.  Perspective is about why.

B. Psalm 103:7  The people of Israel knew the acts of God, but Moses understood God’s ways.

C. To get perspective, we are always looking for God’s explanation in the passage.  Write in the margin or in a notebook, when you come to an explanation verse, write down the passage and the key “why” that is explained in the passage.  Over time you will be very surprised how much insight into life you will gain.

3. Use The Bible To Develop Convictions.

A. Convictions are the beliefs that shape our behavior.

B. The people who have made the greatest impact in this world for good or bad were those with the deepest convictions.

C. If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything.

D. Hebrews 5:14  Solid food (deeper truths from the Bible) is for the mature who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

E. The goal of God is that we take on the values of God.

4. Use the Bible to change your LiFe.

A. “The Bible was not given just to increase our knowledge.  The Bible was given to change our lives.”  (D.L. Moody)

B. Matthew 7: 24, 26  Everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears and doesn’t put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  (Jesus)

C. Here is the goal – know the word, then understand the word, then believe the word, then do the word.


A. Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.  (NIV)

B. Incorporate the Bible into your everyday life.

Sword Method

1. What does this teach about God?

2. What does this teach about you?

3. Is there a sin or action to avoid? 

4. Is there an example to follow or command to obey?

5. Is there a promise to trust God for? 

6. How do I apply this to my life?