WORD

September 9, 2008

Most Christians don’t read the Bible.

I recently read that less than 10% of professing Christians have read the whole Bible.

I grew up in going to church being told that I needed to read my Bible to be a good Christian. I was motivated by guilt to read it once in a while, but for the most part thought the Bible was boring and I never really got into it.

It was when I started reading the Bible with fresh eyes that God completely rocked my world. He changed my ideas about the Bible, about what God was like, who Jesus was and what Christianity was all about.

My prayer is that through this post God will give you more of a hunger, a thirst, a passion, a burning desire to get to know Him on a whole new level and that His Word would make you a completely new person.

WHAT IS THE BIBLE?

WHO WROTE THE BIBLE?

WHY DO WE AWAYS TEACH FROM THE BIBLE AT DOXA?

WHAT MAKES THE BIBLE SO SPECIAL?

WHAT MAKES IT DIFFERENT?

WHY DO SHOULD READ THE BIBLE?

WHY READ THE BIBLE?

* IT CLAIMS TO BE THE WORD OF GOD

We believe that the Bible is the revealed Word of God. Even through it was physically written by men, the ultimate author was almighty God.

The church didn’t make this up. The Bible says that about itself. The Bible isn’t here because of the church, the church is here because of the Bible.

Over 2000 times in the Old Testament alone the Bible calls itself the Word of God.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

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

2 Pet 1:21

For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

The Bible is a collection of God’s Words written by men for you. God speaks to us through His Word just as real as two friends having a conversation face to face.

* THE BIBLE IS TRUE

John 17:17

Sanctify them by the truth, your Word is truth.

Just because the Bible says its true, doesn’t prove that is. It could be lying. There are lots of reason I believe the Bible is true.

-Evidence of how God has used the Bible to change my life.

-Historical and archeological evidence.

-Seeing other people’s lives changed by the Bible.

-Thousands of fulfilled prophecy.

-Amazing unity of the Scriptures…the what?

* THE UNITY OF THE SCRIPTURES

One thing that makes the Bible different from any other book is its unity.

It is unified. Each part needs the others to be complete. There is complete harmony that cannot be explained by coincidence.

Josh McDowell says, “The unity of the Scriptures is only one reason among many which supports the Bible’s claim to be the divine Word of God. Others which could be explained in detail are the testimony of the early church, the witness of history and archeology, the evidence of changed lives throughout the centuries, to name but a few.”

If you where to take ten people who are similar. Ask each one of them separately their opinion on one controversial question. And then compare their answers. Of course they will not agree.

The Bible was written over a period of 1500 years, by more than 40 different authors. These guys came from a wide range of backgrounds.

-Joshua was a military leader

-Daniel was a prime minister

-Peter was a fisherman

-Nehemiah was a cupbearer

-Luke a physician

The Bible was written at a variety of different places.

-Moses wrote in the wilderness

-Paul wrote in prison

-John wrote in exile

The Bible was written on three different continents: Asia, Africa, Europe.

The Bible was written in three different languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.

Yet the Bible is a unit. It is unified from beginning to end.

Written by different people, from different backgrounds, over 1500 years, in different places in extremely different parts of the world the Bible is unified. Not once does the Bible contradict itself. This is not just improbably, it is impossible.

The Bible talks about many controversial subjects. But it never contradicts itself. One part of the Bible always fits in and agrees with every other part of the Bible.

Not only that, the Bible written by different people, from different backgrounds, over 1500 years, in different places in extremely different parts of the world the Bible has ONE unifying theme, Jesus Christ.

The Bible is all about Jesus. From beginning to end there is one unfolding story of God’s plan of salvation for mankind, salvation through Jesus Christ. Jesus is the theme of the entire Bible.

The Old Testament is the preparation for Jesus.

The Gospels reveal Jesus.

The book of Acts spreads the news of Jesus.

The Epistles explain who Jesus is.

Revelation brings everything together and talks of our future with Jesus.

The Bible is God’s Words telling us that our Heavenly Father is head over heels in love with you. No matter what you’ve done, He loves you. There is nothing that you can do that will make God love you more, or love you less. The Bible says that “God demonstrates His own love for us in this, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” There is no greater love in all the world than the love of God for you! Let that truth sink into your soul. The Bible says that you are precious and loved by God. The Bible truly does carry the ultimate message of God’s incredible love to us. God’s love letter to you.

The Bible is God’s Word. It is actually God’s words to you and me. As real as if God were speaking directly into our lives it is for every situation in life.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

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

You want to live God’s plan for your life? Ask God to give you a deep passion, a deep love, a yearning, a hunger, a thirst for His Word. I challenge you to read it. Study it. Think about it. Memorize it. Listen to it. Meditate on it. The Word of God reveals the person of God and God is greater than we can grasp!

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