Part 1 – Its All About That Place
Distorted: not truly or completely representing the facts
Or reality, Misrepresented, false.
Distorted truth is not necessarily deceitful.
Most of the time, it is just ignorance of context.
Context: the parts of a written or spoken statement that precede or follow a specific word or passage, usually influencing its meaning or effect
LEAP – Listen – Engage – Apply – Produce
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
2 Tim 3:16-17
• Teaches Truth to know God
• Know right and wrong to know ourselves
• Prepares us to do God’s work.
Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.
2 Tim 2:15
• Live it (Living it makes it natural to explain it)
• Explain it
Two Tragic Misuses of Scripture
The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” Gen 3:1
Our temptation is to be God. Be the boss of ourselves.
Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. 3 “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’” Gen 3:2-3
You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. 5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” Gen 3:4-5
The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. Gen 3:6
Our tendency when we disobey is to turn inward or away
“In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and of adders. How terrific is His fight for the world against the Jewish poison.”
Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables.
It is important that Scripture interprets Scripture.