Summary: Growing in the Bible - sermon by Gordon Curley PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(A). What the Bible Is:
• (1). Water for cleansing (vs 9).
• (2). Wealth and treasure (vs 14, 72, 127, 162).
• (3). A companion and friend (vs 24).
• (4). A song to sing (vs 54).
• (5). Honey (vs 103).
(B). What the Bible Does:
• (1). It blesses (vs 1-2).
• (2). It gives life (vs 25, 37, 40, 50, 88, 93).
• (3). It gives strength (vs 28).
• (4). It gives freedom (vs 45).
• (5). It imparts wisdom (vs 66, 97-104).
• (6). It gives comfort (vs 50, 76, 82, 92).
• (7). It gives direction (vs 133).
(C) What We Must Do with the Bible:
• (1). Love it (vs 97, 159).
• (2). Prize it (vs 72, 128).
• (3). Study it (vs 7, 12, 26-27).
• (4). Memorize it (vs 11).
• (5). Meditate on it (vs 15, 23, 48, 78, 97, 99, 148).
• (6). Trust it (vs 42).
• (7). Obey it (vs 1-8).
• (8). Declare it (verses 13, 26).
• Joke: A Church invited a preacher to come and ‘preach with a view’,
• They sat and listened and the best thing they liked about his sermon;
• Was that it was only 10 minutes long.
• They had a quick vote among themselves;
• And they immediately called him as their new Pastor.
• When it came to his first week in the new church;
• To their surprise he preached a 30 minute sermon.
• The following week his sermon was almost 2 hours long.
• So the leaders of the Church decided to meet with him and asked him to explain.
• Why his sermons have been getting longer and longer and longer!
The Pastors response was:
• The first time the committee heard him preach,
• He had a new set of dentures in his mouth that hurt him terribly,
• So he could barely preach 10 minutes and had to stop talking because of the pain.
• The second time he preached, he said that his dentures felt fine;
• And so he preached a normal 30 minute sermon.
• The Church leaders said,
• “Well that explains those 2 sermons,
• But please explain to us this last sermon that was 2 hours long”.
• He said that's easy, when I got up that particular morning;
• I accidentally put My Wife's Dentures in my mouth by mistake;
• And when I started talking I just couldn't shut up!
• Joke: I guess you know what an optimist is:
• It is someone who thinks the preacher is about to finish when he says; “and finally”
• Other preachers say; “And lastly”,
• And boy don’t they last!
• Now Psalm 119 is of course a long psalm;
• The longest psalm in the 150 collection of psalms
• And it is the longest chapter in the whole of the Bible.
• David Livingstone, the intrepid explorer & missionary to Africa;
• Memorised this entire Psalm when he was 9 years old,
• His reward was a New Testament from his Sunday School teacher.
• Another who memorised this psalm was William Wilberforce;
• Who as a politician played a major role;
• For the abolition of the slave trade throughout the British Empire;
• Wrote these words in his diary (1819):
• “Walked to day from Hyde Park Corner repeating the 119th Psalm in great comfort”.
• Another who memorised the entire Psalm was John Ruskin;
• Ruskin was a brilliant writer and art critic of the nineteenth century.
• Later he admitted;
• “It is strange that of all the pieces of the Bible that my mother taught me,
• That which cost me most to learn,
• And which was to my child’s mind most repulsive, the 119th Psalm.
• Has now become, of all, the most precious to me”
If we are honest:
• Many of us have the same sentiment as the seventeenth-century;
• British minister Thomas Fuller, who confessed:
“Lord, I discover an errant laziness in my soul. For when I read a chapter in the Bible, before I begin it, I look where it endeth, and if it endeth not on the same side, I cannot keep my hand from turning over the leaf to measure the length thereof……”
A Special psalm:
• As mentioned already;
• It is the longest Psalm (176 verses),
• And so it is not surprising to find that it is the longest chapter in the Bible.
• It is also an acrostic Psalm;
• That means it follows the letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
• If it were written in English each section would start ‘A, B, C, D…..etc until Z.’