Summary: The book of Hebrews is all about Jesus!
THE WORDS OF JESUS
-I am so glad you are here today. I have been waiting to teach this passage ever since we started the Hebrews series.
-Today we are looking at one of those rare passages where the Scripture actually talks about the Scripture.
-Do you have your Bible…hold them up…let’s see them!
-Every so often, the Bible talks about itself and those passages are fascinating to consider.
-I did a little research this week about the bestselling books in history and I was really surprised.
-The 5 best-selling books in history might surprise you:
5. The Hobbit-Tolkien-English-1937-100 million
4. The Little Prince (1943) a French novel, sold140 million copies
3. The Lord of the Rings (1954), Tolkien, sold 150 million copies
2. Tale of Two Cities (1859), Charles Dickens - 200 million copies
-Those books have sold millions of copies!
-Most of those books are household names.
-But do you know how many Bibles have been sold/given out?
-No one does, because there have been too many to count.
-It’s estimated that somewhere between 2-5 billion copies of the Bible have been printed.
-And at least 10 of those copies are currently in my office.
-The Bible is hands down the most influential, best-selling book in all of human history.
-People from every continent, every country, and almost every ethnic background know about this book.
-People have read it, heard it, bought it, discussed it, wrestled with it, shared it, died for it, and lived it out 4 thousands of years.
-And there is a reason why people today still turn to the Bible.
-And those reasons are revealed to us in Hebrews 4:12 & 13
12 For the word of God is alive and powerful.
WORD OF GOD: WE BELIEVE THAT THE SCRIPTURE IS GOD’S WORD TO US.
-Skeptics sometimes say that the Bible was conjured up.
-The cynics say it’s a book of myths and fairy tales.
-But that’s not the story that the evidence reveals.
-History confirms the reliability of God’s word.
-Archaeology confirms what is recorded in God’s Word.
-The Bible even stands up to the scrutiny of textual criticism.
-You can learn more about the Bible in our new EQUIP class. Apr 7
-2 Tim 3:16 says “All Scripture is God breathed...
-We believe that the Scripture comes from God’s mouth.
-It is his words to our ears. And it is God’s story.
-It’s the story of how God set aside a people, to bring forth a Savior, so that all people who trust in the Savior could have life.
-In the Word of God we found advice, wisdom, and teaching about morality, and ethics.
-In the Bible there are practical guidelines for family, finances, government.
-There is teaching on praying, and serving, and witnessing.
-And throughout the Bible there is a there a theme which has been carefully woven into each page, using authors that spanned 1000’s of years.
-There is redemption through God’s Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.
-This book is the message of salvation! God’s Message (His Word)
THE WORD OF GOD IS ALIVE:
-Only people have really spent time with the Word of God can understand what this statement means.
-We aren’t talking about the Bible having some good advice.
-We aren’t talking about heartwarming stories.
-The Word of God isn’t just one of many philosophical books to ponder. It not an interesting literary novelty.
-A living thing interacts with its environment.
-The purpose of all living things is to produce more life.
-And that’s precisely what the Bible does for us; it points all people to eternal life.
-It speaks about the deepest needs in our lives.
-It calls us to reconsider and revaluate and to change our lives.
-It is relevant to our current situation, no matter what our current situation might be…because it’s alive.
-The Library of Congress is in Washington D.C. and within that building there are more than 35 million books.
-There are books on everything you could possibly imagine.
-Novels, poetry, science, selfhelp, nature, kids’ books, biographies…they even Where’s Waldo?
-I like those books with big pictures!
-There are over 3.0 million recordings, 15 million photographs, 5 million maps, and 61 million manuscripts.
-But in the Library of congress, there is only one book that can accurately be called alive…the Word of God.
THE WORD OF GOD IS POWERFUL.
-It’s important that we understands this clearly.
-The Word of God has power to help change and shape our lives.
-The Bible is not a member of the Trinity.
-There are only three parts to the trinity, not four.
-And I don’t see any vacancies in the Trinity coming open soon!
-So we don’t worship the Scripture.
-We don’t consider the Scripture apart from the God who inspired
-Because God is ultimately the source of real power.