Summary: How seriously do you take the word of God?

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July 27, 2003

Morning Service

Text: Hebrews 2:1-4

Subject: Eternal Security

Title: Don’t Let Go

There is a characteristic of human nature of which, I believe, we are all guilty of. That is taking things for granted. Let me give some examples. You get into your car and turn the key and what happens? The car starts. You flip a switch and the lights come on. You come to church and the singers sing and the preacher preaches. That is what always happens and should continue to happen. We just expect that those things will never change and we just don’t think about the consequences if those things didn’t operate the way we think they should. We just take them for granted. All these things have a common point. For them to continue to function properly, there needs to be some maintenance. Cars have to have maintenance to run smoothly. Electricity must have adequate connections for the power to flow. The worship team practices and the pastor studies in order for a church service to happen. Because those things take place behind the scenes, we don’t notice them.

Today we want to talk to you about a very important topic that I feel is often neglected. That is paying close attention to the teaching of the Bible. Now I am confident that most of you will read your Bible. And all of you surely believe that the Bible is God’s infallible word, His revelation of Himself to His people. But when you read your Bible do you stop and meditate on the things you read and then put them into action, or do you just read words?

Let me give you some statistics about the Bible. These come from the Barna Research Group.

92% of the households in America have a Bible.

Among those having bibles the average household has three.

In 2002, 42% of those questioned read their bibles in the past seven days.

88% of Evangelicals have read their Bible in the past seven days.

61% of those having bibles believe that the Bible is totally accurate in all its teachings.

75% believe that the miracles mentioned in the Bible actually took place.

Those are the positive statistics. Other statistics show that there is a real lack of knowledge about the Bible.

One out of four adults believe the whole Bible was written several decades after the death and resurrection of Jesus.

12% believe that the name of Noah’s wife was Joan of Arc.

16% believe there is a book in the New Testament called the Gospel of Thomas, written by the apostle of the same name. Another one-third doesn’t know for sure.

49% believe that the Bible teaches that money is the root of all evil.

56% believe that the Bible teaches that the single most important task for a Christian is taking care of one’s family.

75% believe that the Bible teaches that God helps those who help themselves.

Statistically, it becomes obvious that much of America, though they confess faith in the scriptures, have taken the Bible quite lightly. Our passage today gives us a warning about the danger of not taking God’s word seriously. As we search the Word, today we will see:

There is danger in apathy.

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