Summary: A basic argument to prove the validity of the Bible as the Word of God.
Great Mysteries of the Faith:
How do we know the Bible is true?
I love how the Lord works. As some of you may know, this last week was Camp Meeting for the Church of God in Western Pennsylvania. Since I hold my credentials through the Church of God, Camp Meeting is a staple of my year. There are some things that I need to go there for such as pastor meetings and speaking engagements, but there is so much there that I love that I hate to miss any of it. There are old friends there that you only get to see once a year. There is great food, fellowship, worship, and speakers. It is just an enjoyable experience all around.
I must say, because of Camp Meeting, that I tried to rush my sermon preparation this week. I was anxious to get there for as much time as possible, so I tried really hard to find time to get my sermon done quickly. I tried to work on it Monday, but the thoughts never began to flow. I thought I would get it done on Tuesday morning, but I had no peace on what my topic should be. I decided I would think while I mowed the yard, but to my surprise, my brand new mower decided to explode with flames and smoke coming from under the hood. That made for set back after setback as I tried to get Hetrick’s to come and get the mower and leave me another one so I could finish mowing. It also ruined my attitude for the time being and I could not focus on a topic. I became frustrated because I knew my time at Camp Meeting would be cut even more.
After blowing off some steam at the softball game, I came home and began to search frantically through the Bible. I looked over all the passages I read recently. Still nothing. I then went through every page of my Bible and looked at ever highlighted verse in it. Still no peace about a topic. Then, at about one o’clock as I went to turn out the lights, I found an article laying on the pool table that I had wanted to read and had put it off. It was about the importance of proving that the Bible was true.
It was a good article, but I was still not sure I had a topic – until the next morning. As I was eating my breakfast, the doorbell rang. It was a Jehovah’s Witness. For most people, this would be a hassle, but I tend to enjoy their visits. They always think they are getting to talk to a young kid who could easily be persuaded to follow their ways, and they have no idea that I am a pastor and know all about their organization. This time, however, I did not have time for this – I needed to get my sermon going. To make a long story short, I told this lady I was a pastor, and she suddenly did not want to stay very long. She went to leave, and asked her if she had any information that she wanted to leave with me. She said that she did, and she handed me a book entitled, “What Does the Bible Really Teach.” This made my day because it confirmed instantly in my heart what I was to preach on. I was to preach on the validity of the Scripture because it is of utmost importance. Do we need another little book to explain God’s Word to us or does it stand on its own? Can we really believe the Bible at its every word? This is an extremely important topic, because if we don’t know the answer and can’t back it up, then we can become easily entangled in false religions and doctrines such as this lady was.