Summary: If God who we know exists were to write a book - we would expect it to be unique (to be in a class all by itself) accurate (we could trust what it says) and supernatural (it would know stuff that only God could know) - I contend the bible is such a book.
I Have A Friend Who… (pt 2)
Thinks The Bible Is Just Another Book
Last week we began a new message series called – “I Have A Friend Who…” The theme verse is 1 Peter 3:15… “…always be ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.”
AND – as I said last week, the goal of this message series is twofold; FIRST – to equip us to do what God commands us to do in 1 Peter 3:15 – TO make a defense of the gospel – TO answer the questions that those who are seeking God may have… AND – my second goal is – TO re-enforce and firm up our own faith, to give us more confidence & a greater eagerness to share the truth. LISTEN – the Christian faith has it’s reasons – it is not a faith for the brain dead.
PICTURE – in your mind a scale (you know one with 2 trays); One tray is labeled Christianity is true, the other; Christianity is not true. IN this series I will be piling up a lot of stuff on to the tray that says Christianity is true. FRIENDS – I want you to understand that our faith has it’s reasons. I want you to see that Christianity IS; rational, reasonable and true…
NOW - last Sunday we dealt with the question of God’s existence… AND – we presented some very convincing evidence that points to the existence of God; (can order tape or series/sign up for notes)
TODAY’S – message is entitled, “I Have A Friend Who Thinks That The Bible Is Just Another Book…”
There’s a story of a guy on an airplane who was an atheist. He was sitting next to a little girl who was traveling alone, and the little girl brought out a Bible to read during the trip.
The man struck up a conversation with the little girl, and after a while, he asked her about her Bible.
“Do you like reading that Bible?” “Yes, I do,” she replied.
“How do you know it’s true?” “Because it’s God’s Word.”
“Yeah, but take Jonah and the Whale. Do you really believe that?” “Yes, I do.”
“How can you explain how God would make a whale swallow a man like that?”
“I don’t know. I guess I’ll ask Jonah when I get to heaven.”
“What if Jonah’s not in heaven?” “Then you can ask him.”
It seems today that everyone has an opinion about the bible… SOME – say that the bible is a pack of lies that it simply meets the needs of weak-minded men & women. AND OTHERS – say that this book is God-breathed and is the hope of the world…
QUESTION - what do you think about this book? How seriously do you take it in your life? I MEAN - in your daily life how seriously do you take it? is it just nice to have around or do you read? Do you follow it’s teachings? Is it a guide? Is it a compass for you?
QUESTION – IF God exists and I think last week we settled that matter – IF this: non-contingent, uncaused by anything else, self-sufficient, self-reliant, powerful, intelligent, always existing, unique, good & moral God who loves us (look at the world/nursery he created for us), were to write a book – what kind of book would it be?
WELL - I think among other things a book written by God would be; Unique (in a class of it’s own), Accurate (we could trust what it says) & Supernatural (it would know some stuff that only God could know)…