We will have our main fellowship in the pavilion beginning at 11 AM. Children's fellowship will be available behind the playground. After the teaching, we'll fire up the grills and enjoy some sweet time fellowshipping with one another. The playground and surrounding fields will be available to us afterwards as well.
|The Bible is the Word of God - Winter 2019|
1st John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life
There has never been and there never will be another book like the Bible. Though the origin of the word “Bible” simply comes from the Greek word biblía meaning “book,” the Bible is like no other book. Even from a secular standpoint, the facts about the Bible are staggering:
The Bible is the best-selling book of all time
The Bible has more ancient manuscripts
31,102 verses, 1,189 chapters,
However, the most crucial fact (above all the sales, translations, manuscripts, writers, unparalleled historical impact, profound cross-cultural reach, and incalculable daily readership) is that the Bible has the exclusive claim to one author alone: God Himself. The Bible is as it claims to be, “The Word of God.” It is backed by God, protected by God, and inspired by God. This gives the Bible an inherent value that no other book will ever compete with.
So must men acknowledge that the Bible is not:
“the word of men, but as it is in truth,
If it is a word of men, then it is a forgery and unworthy of our further attention. However, if it is indeed the inspired truth from the holy God in heaven on high given for men to read and believe, then its significance is ineffable. In fact, this is exactly what it claims to be:
2nd Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness
The Greek word for “inspiration of God” in that verse is theopneustos, which literally translates to “God-breathed.” Please note, it does not say “some” or “most”, but it proclaims that “all” Scripture is God-breathed. God gave the revelation for each and every word from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21. These words didn’t come from the musings of now dead men, but by spiritual revelation from the living God. He still watches over them and gives life and power to His Words.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick(living), and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Since the Author of the Word of God is living and powerful so also is His Word. Since the day they were first given, these Words are just as actively effective today to sharply give discernment on matters that man is otherwise helpless to navigate: the issues of soul and spirit. So then, the question is not whether these Words have value to rightly judge every thought and intent of the heart, but whether I allow these Words to be as a wise judge holding court over the thoughts and intents of my heart? How foolish and ironic for men to stand in criticism of these Words when in truth these Words are the critic of man. In fact, I find that the loudest opponents of the Bible are most often people who’ve never even read it!
Jeremiah 23:16, 18 ESV
18 For who among them has stood in the council of the LORD to see and to hear his word, or who has paid attention to his word and listened?
God sent Jeremiah, a true and faithful prophet, to tell His people to not listen to the words of the other prophets. Those men were speaking, but not the true Words of God. They had neither stood in God’s council, nor heard His Words. They preached from their own minds, not from God’s mouth. Sadly, this is still true of many who claim to be speaking God’s Word today.
Jeremiah 23:21 – 22 ESV
God did not send these prophets to His people, and yet they ran to them. He did not speak to them, yet they claimed to speak for Him. You then see the heart of God for what could have been. If these men wanted to speak for God, His Words were available.
Jeremiah 23:28 – 32 ESV
The words of men compared to the Word of God is like straw compared to wheat. Straw (or chaff) is the waste that the wind would drive away after the wheat had been harvested. Sure, you could put both in your mouth, but only one has nutritional value. Only a fool would eat straw when wheat is available.
29 Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
Again, God’s Words are living and powerful. His Words are like a fire to burn away the straw words of men. His Word is mighty like a hammer smashing a hard rock into fragments. The words of men will always fail and fade; God’s Word stands forever.
30 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, declares the LORD, who steal my words from one another.
Have you ever had someone misquote you? How angered do you get if someone puts words in your mouth? Well, God was enraged against these prophets who proclaimed to be declaring His Words when, in fact, they were speaking their own. In doing so, they stole His Words away from His people. We saw in 2nd Timothy that every Word of God is profitable; the lying words of these reckless men did not profit anyone at all, and instead, they brought great ruin.
God is living. God is powerful. These are His Words. God is your Father. He can personally teach them to you and cause you to understand them with the same power, fervor, and life as when He originally gave them to those holy men of old to write down for the very first time. He revealed these Words to them by His spirit and He will teach them to you by His spirit in you today.
Psalm 119:33 – 34
So, instead of racing through a chapter to finish your reading for today or flipping through the concordance to see all the big Hebrew and Greek words, just be still for a moment.
Acknowledge that you are reading His book, and that He is there with you. Pray for Him to teach you and to give you understanding, as the Psalmist did. Then read with Him and watch Him enlighten you.
The Bible is unlike any other book because it has an Author unlike any other. Therefore, these Words have been preserved and have stood the test of time. It may be the best seller, it may be the most translated, it may have the greatest manuscript count, it may contain the greatest compilation of writers, but my prayer for you is that these Words are life to you. Don’t let this incomparable book be just another book to you. These are His Words. The Scriptures are not hollow truths to fill our brain databanks. They aren’t for heartless memorization and robotic regurgitation. They are powerfully active because of your God Who is powerful and living!
Appreciate what your Father gave it to be: The Word of life. May your heart be assured of the source of these Words and live by them, just as our Lord Jesus Christ said:
It is written,
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