Summary: Learn why the Bible is the most relevant book to mankind
Let me begin this morning’s message by reading an excerpt from Calvin Miller’s book, AN OWNER’S MANUAL FOR THE UNFINISHED SOUL (pg 51-52, "Scripture Man" - Scripture is another name for the Bible).
The Scripture or the Bible has been so misunderstood and misused over the centuries, that many people are skeptical of its understandability and usefulness. Bible-carrying Christians are often seen as narrow and outdated bigots in a pluralistic society. Some feel we should do away with the Bible.
An American visiting a village in a developing country saw a native reading the Bible. He arrogantly commented, "In our country, we don’t allow the Bible in schools anymore."
The native replied in broken English, "If no Bible, you be eaten by now."
This morning, we will begin a message series on what our church believes. Hosea 4:6 reads, "... my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge." What we know and believe determines how we live and behave. And for the Christian, our source for belief and behavior come from the Bible.
So the first message is on what we believe about the Bible. Our Church’s first statement of belief reads, "We believe the Holy Bible, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, communicated by God through spirit-controlled men, without error in their original writing, containing the complete revelation of God’s will for the salvation of mankind along with the divine and authoritative teachings for the Christian faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)."
You say, "Whooppie! But what difference does it make, what I believe about the Bible, when I can’t communicate with my spouse of 10 years? What difference does it make, what I believe about the Bible, when I can’t pay my bills at the end of the month? Or what difference does it make, what I believe about the Bible, when I already feel good about myself and my accomplishments in life?"
You may be asking a different set of questions, but you are basically interested in how the Bible is relevant to your daily life and challenges. I hope after this morning, you will know why the Bible is relevant to you, your family and friends.
This morning, we’ll be looking at 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Paul is reminding his protégé, Timothy, that the Scripture or the Bible played a central roll in his teachings and his ability to stand firm in the face of evil and hardships. Let me read 2 Timothy 3:10-17 to give us some context for our passage.
From Russell Ash’s book, THE TOP TEN OF EVERYTHING, he writes, "No one really knows how many copies of the Bible have been printed, sold, or distributed.... A more recent survey, for the years up to 1992, put it close to 6,000,000,000 in more than 2,000 languages and dialects. Whatever the precise figure, the Bible is by far the best-selling book of all time."
One of the reasons why the Bible is by far the best-selling book of all time is that the Bible is the most relevant book to mankind. From this morning’s passage, Paul gives us three reasons for why the Bible is relevant. Let’s look together.