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Summary: The Bible is the Christian's guide through life

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The Character of God's Word. Are you taking time to read the Book

A challenge to read the Bible

Joshua 1:8-9 Psalm 119:11

Believers Lack Biblical Understanding: A Barna poll reveals that many born again Americans hold beliefs contrary to Scripture. Among the most disturbing is that 68% think the Bible teaches that God helps those who help themselves. Other alarming beliefs are; that the Holy Spirit does not exist (53%); that Satan does not exist (47%); that a good person can earn his/her way to heaven (31%); that Jesus Christ died but never had a physical resurrection (30%); and that Jesus Christ committed sins (24%). George Barna notes these results “underscore the magnitude of the challenge facing churches today.”

"This Book is the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter. Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. Follow its precepts and it will lead you to Calvary, to the empty tomb, to a resurrected life in Christ; yes, to glory itself, for eternity."

8 REASONS WHY THE BIBLE IS PRECIOUS, AWESOME AND AMAZING:

1. You will be blessed! If you want to be blessed, live according to God’s Word

2. God’s Word will make you pure! “How can a young man cleanse his way? A great preacher said once, "God’s Word will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from God’s Word."

3. You will see amazing and remarkable things! The Bible is full of miracles, but remember.

4. God’s Word will revive you. It comes from getting God’s Word into your heart!

5. God’s Word reveals His love to us. God’s Word reveals His LOVE to us.

6. God’s Word reveals His faithfulness. God is FAITHFUL! People have tried to destroy and discredit the Bible but to no avail.

7. God’s Word gives wisdom and direction.

8. God’s Word will give you great peace.

People wonder how they can structure their life in the Scripture. How can they discipline them self, to give so much time to the study of the Word of God. We do not spend time because we need to attend to other things that need our attention.

We must understand that the Bible needs to have a value we place on it. It is your view of Scripture that is the basis of everything. Now clearly no culture can survive without applying the truth of Scripture, as no individual can endure without applying the truth of Scripture. Right is not determined by a popularity contest, and it's not determined by a poll, it's determined by what God has said. And God has spoken in the moral and ethical and spiritual realm with very clear terms. No society will survive with a rejection of the Bible as its standard. Our society will continue to crumble into unchecked wickedness at a rapid rate unless there is a return to the Word of God. It's unavoidable.

The Bible claims some amazing things for itself. We will look at seven of them. These are things the Bible claims for itself and this will help you to understand what you're dealing with. You have one book and yet divided into two testaments, the first testament divided into 39 separate books, the second into 27, one called the Old Testament, one called the New Testament. This is not a human book. It was written: Over a 1500 year span (from 1400 B.C to A.D. 100) which is over 40 generations. It has over 40 authors. It was written in different places. IT was written In times of peace and in times of war. It was written By people in different moods. It was written on three continents And in three languages. The Bible is no mere book; It is not the product of the thoughts and imagination of any man’s heart. It is not a wonderful piece of fiction but the established word of God. The Bible is a window in this prison-world, through which we may look into eternity. It is singularly authored by God and those men who wrote these various books at various times in various places wrote under the direct inspiration of the Spirit of God who was passing on to them the revelation of God from His mind to that pen so that what was produced was the very word of the living God. This is not a human document, this is a supernatural book.

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