The Good Book: Part 1 - More Than a Book

September 26, 2021


MyOneLife - Starts October 3
If you’ve been coming to OneLife but haven’t gotten involved, then it’s time to get started! Your next step is to attend our 4-week Sunday morning small group experience called MyOneLife. You’ll hear about the history, vision & values of our church, discover your personal mission and spiritual gifts, and have opportunities to take next steps such as joining a volunteer team, Micro Church, and more. It takes place on Sunday mornings in the Meeting Room at your campus beginning October 3. For more information or to sign up, check the “MyOneLife” box on your Connection Card.

Salvation and Baptism Class - for Elementary Kids & Parents
If you’re a parent of an elementary student and your child has been talking to you about their relationship with Jesus - or if you’re wanting to learn more about HOW to talk to your child about Jesus - then we have a class you don’t want to miss. It’ll take place next Sunday, October 10 at 9am in the Meeting Room of our North & East campuses. For more information or to sign up, mark the Kids Salvation & Baptism box on your Connection Card.

OneLife Students 2022 Summer Camp - June 13-17
OneLife Students is going to Student Life Camp this Summer at Lee University, June 13th - 17th. This is going to be a great experience where your student will get to grow closer to God, their small groups, and their leaders - plus it’ll be a ton of fun! Early Bird Registration is now open. Visit to sign up.

Join a Volunteer Team
Did you know it takes several hundred volunteers every week to make a service at OneLife happen at our campuses? So if you haven’t started volunteering, then it’s time to get on the team! From First Impressions & Security, to Kid City, to Production & Worship, to OneLife Students, weekday teams, and more - there’s plenty of opportunities for everyone to serve. Click this link to get started!


Give Jesus your best! Make a one-time tithe or offering or to set up a recurring tithe or offering: Click Here To Give Online.



Bottom Line: Our faith is not founded on a book, but on the event that inspired the book.

1 Peter 3:15 NLT
15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.

2 Timothy 3:16 NLT
16 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.

Luke 3:1-2 NLT
1 It was now the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius, the Roman emperor. Pontius Pilate was governor over Judea; Herod Antipas was ruler over Galilee; his brother Philip was ruler over Iturea and Traconitis; Lysanias was ruler over Abilene. 2 Annas and Caiaphas were the high priests. At this time a message from God came to John son of Zechariah, who was living in the wilderness.

1. The New Testament looks back at the event that changed the world.

Luke 24:27 NLT
27 Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

2. The Old Testament looks forward to the event that changed the world.

Psalms 119:105 NLT
105 Your word is a lamp to guide my feetand a light for my path.

Psalms 119:11 NLT
11 I have hidden your word in my heart,that I might not sin against you.

3. Jesus is the foundation of my faith. The Bible is a light to help navigate my faith.

Start Talking

What is something you believed just because someone told you it was true? (Like don’t touch a birds nest or the mother won’t come back!)

What is something you now do as an adult because that’s just the way your family always did it?

Start Thinking

Read 1 Peter 3:15. Each sentence of this verse teaches us to do three specific things when it comes to faith. What are those three things?

Read 2 Timothy 3:16. Where does this tell us that the Bible comes from? What does this teach that the Bible is to be used for?

Read Luke 24:27. What does this teach us about the purpose of the Old Testament? How did Jesus view the Old Testament?

Start Sharing

What is the “hope that you have” that 1 Peter 3:15 talks about? How has this hope helped you in real ways throughout your life?

Do you feel prepared or unprepared to answer people if they question you about why you have hope? Why?

Have you ever questioned your faith because someone questioned or challenged details about the Bible that you weren’t able to defend or even understand?

How does the idea that Jesus and the resurrection is our foundation for faith – not the Bible – help you? How does it challenge you?

Read Revelation 12:10-11. What does this verse teach us is our power and the answer for the hope that we have? How does this show what the true foundation of our faith is?

Start Doing

What did Christians do for the first 300 years of our faith that allowed it spread like crazy – without Bibles readily available – that we should be doing, too?

Read Psalm 119:105. How should you use the Bible? What are practical ways you can do this?

Read Matthew 23:15. Pharisees were “people of the Book.” They made everyone follow every law in the Old Testament. But what does Jesus say the result was? What do we need to learn from this as we use the Bible to be our guide?

Be sure to fill out the online Connection Card to let us know next steps, prayer requests, or other information you'd like to share, Click Here.


Share spiritual/missional conversations you've had where you live, work, and play:

Who did you have a conversation with that took a spiritual/missional turn this week?
What questions did you ask to discover where God is at work in their life, even if they are not aware?
How were you able to share your story of life change or how you have experienced Jesus?
How can you be intentional this week with people where you live, work, and play to have spiritual/missional conversations if the opportunity arises?
Who in your life do you think could be discipleable or open to spiritual/missional conversations?


Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?


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