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Summary: Here’s a sermon that emphasizes the need for us to read the Bible regularly.

THE BIBLE IS GOD’S LOVE LETTER TO YOU

Psalm 119: 1-16

1Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the LORD!

2Blessed are those who keep His testimonies,

Who seek Him with the whole heart!

3They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways.

4You have commanded us to keep Your precepts diligently.

5Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes!

6Then I would not be ashamed,When I look into all Your commandments.

7I will praise You with uprightness of heart,

When I learn Your righteous judgments.

8I will keep Your statutes; Oh, do not forsake me utterly!

9How can a young man cleanse his way?

By taking heed according to Your word.

10With my whole heart I have sought You;

Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!

11Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!

12Blessed are You, O LORD! Teach me Your statutes!

13With my lips I have declared all the judgments of Your mouth.

14I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, As much as in all riches.

15I will meditate on Your precepts, And contemplate Your ways.

16I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.

Elizabeth Barrett was born in 1806 at Durham, England.

She was educated at home,

learning Greek, Latin, and several languages at an early age.

Her favorite past time was writing poetry.

In 1819, her father arranged for the printing of one of her poems

She was 13 at the time.

In 1821, Elizabeth injured her spine as a result of a fall.

When her brother died in 1838,

she became an invalid.

She spent the majority of her time in her room writing poetry.

Transition:

Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible.

Psalm 119 is a love song written about the Bible, the Word of God.

Point #1. The Bible is God’s Love Letter To Us.

Psalm 119: 10 With my whole heart I have sought You;

Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!

11 Your word I have hidden in my heart,That I might not sin against You!

The Bible is a collection of works by more than 40 writers,

It is written during a period of about 1,600 years.

Yet the Bible is unified in spirit, outlook and inspiration.

The earliest parts of the Bible

were written at approximately 1500 B.C.

The most recent around 100 after the birth of Jesus..

The original languages of the Bible were Hebrew (Old Testament),

Aramaic (parts of O.T.)

Greek (New Testament).

The Bible is a collection of 66 books --

39 in the Old Testament

and 27 in the New Testament.

The Books contain the Holy Bible, the Word of God.

The Bible is the Inspired Word of God - inspired by God --

and written by man.

2nd Timothy 3:16 says: All Scripture is given by inspiration of God....,

"inspiration" comes from the Greek word: "THEO-NEUS-TOS."

It means "God-breathed" or "inspired"

The Holy Spirit "breathed" the Scriptures to the writers...

while supervising each and every word.

The Bible is the inspired Word of God.

It is Reliable, authoritative, and inerrant

2nd Peter 1:20-21 says:

knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

The Bible is totally true, totally reliable, and totally without error.

Article 2 Section 1A in the our Constitution says:

The Holy Scriptures: We believe that the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are inspired by God, in every way, flawless, undeniable, and that it is the supreme and final authority of faith and practice.

There are over 300 prophecies in the Old Testament...

fulfilled during the life and ministry of Jesus.

If we analyze the probability of one person fulfilling just 8,

the probability would be one in 10 with 17 zeros after it!

The Bible is reliable, authoritative, and without error.

Titus 1:2 tells us

in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,

God cannot lie.

The Bible is God’s personal love letter to you.

Transition:

Elizabeth’s father had forbidden any of his 11 children to marry.

Many believe it was because

he was ashamed of the family’s Jamaican blood,

and didn’t want it perpetuated.

In 1844, a man by the name of Robert Browning

wrote to Elizabeth stating that he admired her poems.

Until she received that fan letter from Browning,

Elizabeth intended to comply with her father’s wishes.

Additionally, she was 39, suffering with tuberculosis,

and a bed-ridden invalid.

But over the next 20 months --

after 575 letters and almost daily visits from Browning --

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