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Summary: Scripture is the foundation for the transformation of the church

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The people of God need to stop dabbling in religion and grow in spiritual maturity. We need to stop playing church and start being the Church by demonstrating the transformation that has occurred within us as a result of an absolute, paramount commitment to Jesus Christ.

THE WORD OF GOD?

2 Timothy 3:16, 17

The most quoted “Bible verse” in America is “God helps those who help themselves”, 82 percent of the people polled think that it is a direct quote from the Bible. (Originally written by Thomas Jefferson)

2 Timothy 3:16,17 - All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

1. All Scripture is God-breathed!

Questions:

Isn’t the Bible full of contradictions?

Why should I believe your interpretation?

What about archaeology findings?

If men wrote the Bible, couldn’t they have made a mistake?

THE WONDER OF:

ITS UNITY

ITS HISTORICAL ACCURACY

ITS INDESTRUCTIBILITY

ITS SCIENTIFIC ACCURACY

ITS PREDICTIVE PROPHECY

ITS CHRIST-CENTEREDNESS

ITS INTELLECTUAL INTEGRITY

THE WONDER OF ITS UNITY

One amazing characteristic of the Bible is its unity.

The Bible is composed of sixty-six books, thirty-nine in the Old Testament and twenty-seven in the New. Yet those sixty-six books form a cohesive whole, one dynamic message of God’s dealings with humankind.

These sixty-six books were composed by more than forty authors, from a variety of educational and cultural backgrounds.

The books of the Bible were composed in a variety of places and cultures.

The books were written on three continents: Africa, Asia, and Europe.

The Bible was composed in three languages. The Old Testament was written mostly in Hebrew, with a small part in Aramaic. The New Testament was in the common Greek of the day, Koine.

The Bible deals consistently with such subjects as the origin of the universe, the existence and nature of God, the nature and purpose of humankind, and the origin and extent of evil.

One would expect that the result of such diversity would be a chaotic text, full of contradictions and distortions. But the Bible is consistent, coherent, and trustworthy. None of the authors or books is either internally, of themselves, or externally contradictory.

2 Peter 1:20, 21 - Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

The Word of God is not only totally true but, it is the primary change agent in the lives of individuals and in the church itself.

2. Useful for Teaching - Keeps us from Error

Roughly one-quarter of all American adults claim that their worldview is inherently founded on biblical principles. And yet, when asked to describe the content of that worldview, or to explain how they arrived at their understanding of truth, meaning, and appropriate behavior, less than on in ten were able to do so.


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