Summary: The Bible: It’s salvation to the sinner, sanctification to the saint, sufficient to the suffering, satisfying to the scholar.
THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD
2 Peter 1:16-21 2 Tim 3:14-4:4
A few years ago the major division between professing Christians was over choice of denomination or doctrine.
Do you know what the major division between professing Christians is today?
The division is between those who believe the Bible is true, and those who do not.
The passage we are going to look at together this evening from 2 Timothy predicted this would happen: That those who believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God would become fewer in number, and would be looked down upon.
Without the assurance that the Bible IS the Word of God, and that every word of it is true,
there would be no certainty about the way of salvation, no promise of a home in Heaven,
and no standard to live by.
Any church that does not believe the Bible is the word of God, is nothing more than a social club.
Let me make one thing totally clear - everything we do as church is built upon the fact that the Bible is is the very Word of God
Everything we do is because we believe in the truth and act on the truth.
As a church, we are committed to being a
soul-winning, life-changing, bible-believing,
and our final authority isn’t Elim headquarters in Malvern,
our final authority isn’t our church board,
our final authority isn’t even the Ministry team,
our final authority is the inerrant, infallible,
God-breathed book called the Bible…
so we need to know it’s accurate, and dependable!
That’s why we are looking at this passage today, because it contains great truths which will help us lay a foundation:
Lets get into the word: We are going to read from 2 Timothy 3:14-4:4
2 Timothy 3:14-17 (NIV) 14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 4:1-4 1In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
These verses answer the questions:
What does it matter? and Who cares if it’s true?
These verses tell us that: The Bible is inspired
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” 2 Timothy 3:16