Summary: The Bible stands the test of time.
It is, what it is
Intro: The bible
1: God’s word
b) the truth
c) the answer to every and any question
Point: Scripture is the language God speaks to his children, communication is always up and there is always a crystal clear signal. Many throughout history have tried to defraud, debunk, and dissect the Holy Bible. Too millions it is the prescribed reading for a healthy lifestyle, strong family bonds, and everlasting life.
2: The skeptics
a) modern science and all the wonderful advancements we enjoy everyday
b) the society we live in and work in, everyday pulling and pushing us farther away from God
c) non believers
Point: These are just a few things that attempt to discredit the scripture; many say it’s just a book like any other book. Words on paper doesn’t matter what color the ink is, or who it was that supposedly wrote it.
Body: 2 Tim 3:16
1: Inspiration of God
a) the apostle Paul wrote these words
b) all scripture is given by inspiration
c) What does it mean to be inspired?
Inspire- to cause creative activity/ to breathe in
Point: Paul teaches us that the scripture is God breathed, that the words have life within them. That the Bible is more than just paper between leather bound covers, it’s a living book. Its God’s creative activity lay out on pages before our very eyes.
2: 2 Peter 1:21
a) but the Bible was written by men
b) not by the will of man
c) holy men spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost
d) this is where most people lose faith
Point: the fact is true the Bible we have today was comprised by man, Paul teaches us that the scripture is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness. These men tasked with recording and writing were truly touched and God’s hand was ever presently upon them.
3: Prove it
a) 39 books in the Old Testament
b) 27 book s in the New Testament
c) that’s 66 books in all
d) The Bible has a range of authors from slaves, to warriors, priests and prophets, kings and princes, fishermen, possibly a doctor, a tax collector, even one who originally sought to destroy the church. Somehow someway they all tie together and make sense.
Point: Lol, Only explanation I can think of is God. So many from such different backgrounds and times all tell a continuing story of how God moves and works in our lives. The Old and The New work together in perfect harmony.
Conclusion: Still not convinced?
The New Testament is contained in the Old Testament
The Old Testament is explained in the New Testament
The New Testament is concealed in the Old Testament
The Old Testament is revealed in the New Testament
The Old Testament anticipates the New Testament
The New Testament authenticates the Old Testament
In the Old Testament the New Testament lies hidden
In the New Testament the Old Testament lies open
The Old Testament foreshadows the New Testament
The New Testament fulfills the Old Testament
The Pentateuch presents the figures of Christ
The Psalms present the feelings of Christ
The prophets present the foretelling of Christ
The Gospels present the facts of Christ
The Epistles present the fruits of Christ
In the old they were always seeking
In the new they found
The old predicts a person
The new reveals that person
That person is the Lord Jesus Christ, who fully validated the Old Testament
Paul in 2 Tim 4:1-4
Preach the Word
Be instant in season, out of season
Be ready at all times
The days are coming people will not hear the truth
They will turn away
How does this affect me?
A royal priesthood, chosen generation show forth the praise of Jesus
PREACH THE WORD
IT IS WHAT IT IS
I AM THAT I AM Exodus 3:14
Tell them that I AM sent you and then tell them why!!!!