Summary: This the is second message in a series on knowing and living God’s will. The focus on this message is building your life on th truth of God’s Word.
Intro: The Fast Tracks Recap ¡V the Staging of the Christian life is God¡¦s Word
Trans: Seven Wonders of the World Quiz
„« Pyramids at Giza
„« Hanging Gardens of Babylon
„« Colossus of Rhodes
„« Pharos at Alexandria
„« Statue of Zeus at Olympia
„« Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
„« Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
Fact: Of the 7 ancient wonders only one exists today ¡V the Pyramids. Throughout civilization, man has erected incredible edifices, yet one by one they fall.
Trans: This idea got me to consider what can and has stood the test of time
Trans: The Seven Wonders of God¡¦s Word (Psalm 19:7-11)
Text: The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious (desirable) than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
I The Word of God is Perfect - Reviving the Soul
Word: perfect ¡V complete; nothing lacking
It is a complete scheme of grace that presents salvation to a needy sinner. It converts, restores, revives, and regenerates a sinner into a saint.
Idea: The whole of God¡¦s Word has no error either historical or spiritually.
A Perfect in Power
Verse: So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: It shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Is. 55:11
Idea: The Word of God has power to change lives.
„« It has the power to pick the downcast up out of the gutter
„« It has the power to turn the infidel into a saint
„« It has the power to repair and restore a broken relationship
„« It has the power to change a person from the inside out.
„« It has the power to liberate a person from bondage of sin
„« It has the power to reveal to man he is sinful in need of a Savior
B Perfect in Purpose
Trans: 66 books written over 1600 years by over 40 authors including shepherds, kings, doctor, and statesmen ¡V the Bible is perfect in scope and purpose.
Trans: The Bible is not a book of history ¡V yet it is historical
The Bible is not a book of science ¡V yet it is scientific
The Bible is not a book of facts ¡V yet it is factual
Idea: The Bible is a book of revelation and redemption. In the Bible we discover who God is and how much He loves us. We discover who we are and how desperately we need Him. We discover that God sent His only Son to redeem us and bring us into a relationship with Him by a single act of grace.
Idea: It is a book that delivers a single message of redemption.
Quote: God made, Adam bit, Noah arked, Abraham split, Joseph ruled, Jacob fooled, bush talked, Moses balked, Pharaoh plagued, Israel walked, sea divided, tablets guided, promise landed, Saul freaked, David peeked, prophets warned, Jesus born, God walked, love talked, anger crucified, hope died, Love arose, Spirit flamed, Word spread, God remained.
Trans: The purpose of God¡¦s Word is to tell us of God¡¦s perfect promises.
„« The promise of salvation
„« The promise of forgiveness
„« The promise of eternal life
„« The promise of His return
„« The promise of heaven
Result: God¡¦s Word perfect and complete able to accomplish its intended purpose to redeeming the creation to the Creator.
II The Word of God is Trustworthy ¡V Making Wise the Simple-Minded
Word: trustworthy ¡V firm; reliable; can be authenticated
Idea: God¡¦s Word is immutable and unchanging. It is His testimony and witness of what is right and true to His creation. It is truth that you can build upon.
A Reason demands it
Idea: The Bible is either a worthless fraud or it is the breath of God ¡V it¡¦s either the words of men or it is the Word of God.
Trans: Yet if you sit down and consider the next five items ¡V the only rational conclusion is that the Bible is the Word of God.
B History verifies it
Note: If the Bible is reliable, then it ought to stand the test of time and history.
1 Biblical Evidence
Example: In the 15th year (1) of the reign of Tiberius Caesar (2) ¡V when Pontius Pilate (3) was governor (4) of Judea (5), Herod (6) tetrarch (7) of Galilee (8), his brother Philip (9) tetrarch (10) of Iturea (eleven) and Traconitis, (12) and Lysanias (13) tetrarch (14) of Abilene (15). Luke 3:1