As I’ve stated before, I am a “biblio-theologian.” The Bible speaks for itself. I don’t follow a systematic theology (such as Calvinism, Arianism, Catholicism, etc.). I let the Bible and God’s Spirit be the only rule in my life.
I might note that the Bible is the Holy Spirit’s tool. He works hand-in-hand with what God has revealed to us and guides and directs us according to the truths and teachings of Scripture.
Here’s where the Bible has challenged me:
I am a sinner in need of salvation (Romans 3:10-18, 23)
God loves me and his greatest desire is to save me from sin and its penalty (1 Timothy 2:3-4; 2 Peter 3:9)
God sent Jesus to pay for my sins, so that I don’t have too, he is my propitiation (John 3:16; Romans 3:24-26)
Through faith in Jesus being the risen Son of God, I receive salvation (John 3:16-18; Romans 5:1-2; Acts 4:12)
Faith involves believing in Jesus, confessing Jesus, repenting of my sin, being immersed in water, and living a life of holiness (Acts 2:38; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Peter 3:21; 1 Peter 1:13-2:17)
But finding all this out and following through in faith is not all there is. The Bible continues to challenge me. Here’s how:
It challenges me to live in a holy, sin free manner (1 Peter 1:14-16; Romans 12:1-2)
It challenges me to know and love God more (Matthew 22:27)
It challenges me to make Jesus known to others (Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Peter 3:21)
It challenges me to serve others (Galatians 513; Ephesians 6:7)
It challenges me to love others (Matthew 22:29; John 13:24)
It challenges me know and understand it’s truths, the hopes it presents, the help it provides, the joy it instills.
The Bible will, in the heart of those who will let it, challenge and change them, perfecting them into the likeness of Christ, our hope and joy, our Savior and friend, our Lord and provider.
“All scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
“For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as to divide soul, spirit, joints, and marrow; it is a judge of the ideas and thoughts of the heart. No creature is hidden from him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give an account” Hebrews 4:12-13.
All scripture quotations are from Holman’s Christian Standard Bible