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1 The Relevance of the Bible to Nursing

2 Is there really any Relevance of the Bible to Nurses and Nursing?

3 A Library of Sixty-six books

4 The Bible is a book of divine instruction it offers Comfort in sorrow Comfort in sorrow Guidance in perplexity Guidance in perplexity Advice for our problems Advice for our problems Rebuke for our sins Rebuke for our sins Daily inspiration for our every need. Daily inspiration for our every need. The Bible truly answers the greatest questions Where have I come from? Where am I going? Why am I here?How can I know the truth?

5 1. Discover sin and convict us 2. Help cleanse us from the pollution of sin 3. Imparts strength 4. Instructs us in what we are to do 5. Provides us with a sword for victory over sin 6. Makes our lives fruitful 7. Gives us power to pray

6 Reveals the truth about God Reveals the truth about God Explains the origin of man Explains the origin of man Points out the only way to salvation and eternal life Points out the only way to salvation and eternal life Explains the age old problems of sin and suffering. Explains the age old problems of sin and suffering. It includes history, poetry, drama, biography, prophecy, philosophy, science and is inspirational reading. It includes history, poetry, drama, biography, prophecy, philosophy, science and is inspirational reading.

7 IS The LORD Jesus Christ His great work of redemption for all people. The great purpose of the written Word of God, the Bible, is to reveal the Living Word of God, reveal the Living Word of God, The LORD Jesus Christ

8 Reveal the LORD Jesus Christ In all His truth and beauty Explain the full meanings of His life His death His resurrection His glorious coming again.

9 Read the Bible to discover The blessings God is waiting to pour into your life The blessings God is waiting to pour into your life Read it, not with pre-conceived ideas or agenda Read it, not with pre-conceived ideas or agenda Take it easy, explore it, pray for understanding Take it easy, explore it, pray for understanding Let it encourage you Let it encourage you Let it challenge and inspire you Let it challenge and inspire you Some of what you discover will be so much more interesting than you thought Some of what you discover will be so much more interesting than you thought Many Nurses attending Nursing With A Difference workshops have said that they had no idea the Bible had so much of real value for Nurses and Nursing. Many Nurses attending Nursing With A Difference workshops have said that they had no idea the Bible had so much of real value for Nurses and Nursing.

10 The Bible is a book of redemption. The Bible is a book of redemption. It is that or nothing at all. It is that or nothing at all. It is not merely a book of history, or of cosmology. It is not merely a book of history, or of cosmology. It is a book of salvation and deliverance for lost and suffering people. It is a book of salvation and deliverance for lost and suffering people. Redemption is twofold – deliverance and the price paid for that deliverance Redemption is twofold – deliverance and the price paid for that deliverance

11 Every Nurse can be redeemed from the penalty of sin the penalty of sin The power of Satan and evil By The Price Jesus paid on the cross for each one of us Nurses can be redeemed To a new freedom from sin To a new freedom from sin A new relationship with God A new life of love by personally receiving God’s gift.

12 The Bible is not A holy horoscope A holy horoscope Basic instructions before leaving earth Basic instructions before leaving earth God’s thoughts on every little detail of my life God’s thoughts on every little detail of my life The Christian version of Nostradamus Prophesies The Christian version of Nostradamus Prophesies A Theology text book. A Theology text book.

13 Illumination is the last of three important step taken by God to communicate His Word to us. Illumination is the last of three important step taken by God to communicate His Word to us. 1 st was by revelation when He spoke to the Bible Authors 1 st was by revelation when He spoke to the Bible Authors 2 nd was by inspiration, that process whereby God guided them in correctly writing or uttering His message. 2 nd was by inspiration, that process whereby God guided them in correctly writing or uttering His message.

14 3 rd and vital step for Nurses is illumination, that divine process whereby God causes the written revelation to be understood by the human heart. 3 rd and vital step for Nurses is illumination, that divine process whereby God causes the written revelation to be understood by the human heart. The Person behind this illumination is the Holy Spirit who, just before His crucifixion, Jesus promised to send to teach us all things, the need for repentance and forgiveness as sinners and to help believers (sinners saved by grace) to grasp the marvellous message in God’s Word. The Person behind this illumination is the Holy Spirit who, just before His crucifixion, Jesus promised to send to teach us all things, the need for repentance and forgiveness as sinners and to help believers (sinners saved by grace) to grasp the marvellous message in God’s Word.

15 Only when we open and read it does it become the Living Word of God – Only when we open and read it does it become the Living Word of God –How? God’s Word confirms– To confirm means to fully establish a truth or fact. God’s Word confirms– To confirm means to fully establish a truth or fact. Nurses can read the Bible to confirm the truth in his or her own heart. Nurses can read the Bible to confirm the truth in his or her own heart. It confirms our salvation. Nurses can be troubled with doubts about conversion in general, or their own specific conversion experience. It confirms our salvation. Nurses can be troubled with doubts about conversion in general, or their own specific conversion experience.

16 Did God really hear and save when he/she asked Him? Did God really hear and save when he/she asked Him? Am I saved today? Am I saved today? Is it necessary? Is it necessary? What is its relevance to me as a Nurse? What is its relevance to me as a Nurse? How can I be sure? How can I be sure? Jesus said “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgement, but has passed from death into life.” John 5:24 John 5:24

17 It confirms the hand of God in all of life’s bitter disappointments. It confirms the hand of God in all of life’s bitter disappointments. Assurance and comfort in a Nurse’s hour of greatest need: Assurance and comfort in a Nurse’s hour of greatest need: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

18 The Bible confirms our forgiveness when we repent for sin in our life and in our profession. The Bible confirms our forgiveness when we repent for sin in our life and in our profession. Nurses may carry an unnecessary burden of guilt over past sins and failures, even when they have confessed their sin to God through Jesus Christ. Nurses may carry an unnecessary burden of guilt over past sins and failures, even when they have confessed their sin to God through Jesus Christ. The Bible is clear, God does truly forgive and cleanse each one who comes to Him. All sin is instantly and eternally forgiven: The Bible is clear, God does truly forgive and cleanse each one who comes to Him. All sin is instantly and eternally forgiven:

19 I acknowledge my sin to You, And my iniquity, I have not hidden; I said “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” And He forgave me the iniquity of my sin. For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to Him.” Psalm 32:5,6

20 “The word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart. “The word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart. So that if you confess with your mouth the LORD Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. So that if you confess with your mouth the LORD Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame. Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.

21 “For there is no distinction between peoples and nations, for the same LORD over all is rich to all who call upon Him. “For there is no distinction between peoples and nations, for the same LORD over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For whoever calls upon the name of the LORD Jesus Christ shall be saved.” For whoever calls upon the name of the LORD Jesus Christ shall be saved.” Romans 10:8-13 Romans 10:8-13

22 One of the great proofs that the Bible is really God’s inspired Word is its unique ability to convict men and women of their sins and give them hope. One of the great proofs that the Bible is really God’s inspired Word is its unique ability to convict men and women of their sins and give them hope. The Bible serves as a measuring rod or ruler – it is a standard against which to measure our beliefs and to learn how to test the spirits whether they be of God or not. The Bible serves as a measuring rod or ruler – it is a standard against which to measure our beliefs and to learn how to test the spirits whether they be of God or not. It also corrects Nurses when we are in the wrong It also corrects Nurses when we are in the wrong

23 The Word of God has the power to take away our moral filth: The Word of God has the power to take away our moral filth: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 It cleanses from wrong words and enables Nurses to keep his/her words true. It cleanses from wrong words and enables Nurses to keep his/her words true. It cleanses from wrong actions and teaches us how to manage unintended consequences. It cleanses from wrong actions and teaches us how to manage unintended consequences.

24 In a general sense God’s Word was written to convict sinners of sin and to equip believers for service. In a general sense God’s Word was written to convict sinners of sin and to equip believers for service. A Nurse’s life is a life of service. A Nurse’s life is a life of service. God’s Word equips Nurses for counselling and instructing others with wisdom and grace. God’s Word equips Nurses for counselling and instructing others with wisdom and grace. It equips Nurses for using spiritual gifts from God with maturity and in the most effective way for the purpose of edifying and caring for others. It equips Nurses for using spiritual gifts from God with maturity and in the most effective way for the purpose of edifying and caring for others. It equips Nurses to withstand wrongs in every form. It equips Nurses to withstand wrongs in every form.

25 The Bible is God’s will that Nurses can apply to every aspect of life. The Bible is God’s will that Nurses can apply to every aspect of life. The will of God is for everyone to live in conformity to His revealed will in His Word. The will of God is for everyone to live in conformity to His revealed will in His Word. There are statements which teach God’s will for every person including sanctification, (being made holy) doing good and suffering for doing the right thing. There are statements which teach God’s will for every person including sanctification, (being made holy) doing good and suffering for doing the right thing. The Word of God provides Nurses with principles on which to base decisions. The Word of God provides Nurses with principles on which to base decisions.

26 By choosing to read God’s Word, the Bible, Nurses are in an ideal position to let God work through his/her mind, and desires, to fulfil His will for the good of every patient and his/her family, the institution employed in, co workers the whole profession of Nursing, and the nation, of which we are a part. By choosing to read God’s Word, the Bible, Nurses are in an ideal position to let God work through his/her mind, and desires, to fulfil His will for the good of every patient and his/her family, the institution employed in, co workers the whole profession of Nursing, and the nation, of which we are a part.

27 Nurses can know God through His Word. The highest knowledge to which a Nurse can attain is a personal knowledge of God. Nurses can know God through His Word. The highest knowledge to which a Nurse can attain is a personal knowledge of God. Knowing that God exists is not the same as knowing Him personally. Knowing that God exists is not the same as knowing Him personally. Since everyone’s knowledge of God is incomplete Nurses are well able to increase it through his/her personal spiritual growth in the knowledge and wisdom of Christ. Since everyone’s knowledge of God is incomplete Nurses are well able to increase it through his/her personal spiritual growth in the knowledge and wisdom of Christ.

28 Jesus said “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Mathew 4:4

29 What is your response? What is your response? What is the response of our profession, the whole body of Nurses? What is the response of our profession, the whole body of Nurses?

30 In this world Nurses have the priceless freedom to choose. Each Nurse’s choice today and each day determines irrevocably the eternal reward each will receive.

31 “Therefore,...Nurses, have a walk worthy of the calling with which you have been called...” “Therefore,...Nurses, have a walk worthy of the calling with which you have been called...” Ephesians 4:1 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Romans 11:29. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Romans 11:29. God is not man that He should lie, or a son of man that He should repent. Has He said and will He not do it?” God is not man that He should lie, or a son of man that He should repent. Has He said and will He not do it?” Numbers 23:19

32 Peace and Joy are in each Nurse’s hands When The Nurse places his or her hands By faith In the all powerful Hands of our Gracious God and loving Heavenly Father.

33 The Relevance of the Bible to Nurses and Nursing


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