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Summary: The purpose of all this is so that Christians will be completely ready to meet the demands of discipleship.

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Introduction:

When you buy a new tool, appliance or even certain toys for kids, what one item will you most likely find accompanying the new item.

A Manual

This manual is here to instruct you as to what pieces are inside, how to assemble and how to operate the item.

Now most men, don’t necessarily need the manual because we just know how to do it based on the picture on the front of the box. So we assemble until we feel it is finished, then we end up with a few extra pieces that apparently should go somewhere. So we finally get the manual out and look to see if the manufacturer has included some extra pieces in case we were to lose one. Of course, there’s not supposed to be extra pieces. So we search the manual and find some important steps that would have been helpful to know about an hour ago when we were trying to figure out how that piece attached to the other. So we end up tearing it apart and start over by using the manual, which would have saved us the headache if we would’ve just looked at it in the first place. That is why it’s there, but we seem to have to do it our own way a lot of the time.

Well, the same goes for life in general. Did you know God has given us a manual? It is the Bible, His very Word. Over the next 4 weeks I will be doing a sermon series entitled the Manual. We will begin today by looking at the Purpose of God’s Word. We will then look at Feeding on the Word, Knowing the Word, and finally the Power of the Word. It is very important for each of us to be in the Word as often as we can. It is more beneficial than you may know. It is amazing the lack of knowledge there is in people knowing the Bible.

Interesting Statistics:

1. Knowledge of Scripture is at an all time low:

- 1 out of 3 people read the Bible this past week

- 1/3 say that the Bible is irrelevant to their lives today

2. 8 out of 10 Americans believe that Jesus was crucified, died, was buried and resurrected, and still spiritually alive today, but also,

- 4 out of 10 believe Jesus made mistakes

- 1 out of 3 believe God is someone other than the God of the Bible

- 3 out of 5 do not believe in Satan

- Half believe all religions are basically the same

There is a major gap in our society that is missing the TRUTH of God’s Word. I remember asking past youth groups to turn in their Bibles to 2 Timothy and the question I would get in response was, Is that Old or New Testament? I would even throw a fake book name at them and watch many of them race to find it. Like Zechaniah 4:12. There is no Zechaniah 4:12. There is no Zechaniah. There is Zechariah and Zephaniah, but no Zechaniah. This is a sad fact and what’s worse, this is the kids that are growing up in the church. We need to get back to teaching the fundamentals of the Bible. What is it?

The Bible --- the Word of God, is still the most Interesting, Intriguing, and Inspiring book ever read by human eyes. It is that Book that helps unfold the Divine plan of God.

It can Encourage you when you are down

It will Convict you when sin is prevalent in your life


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