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Summary: Never has there been such a lack of confidence and understanding of the Bible than there is today and never has there been a time that we need to have that confidence and understanding than we do today. This outline will help to do that.

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TITLE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BIBLE IN THESE PERILOUS TIMES

TEXT: 2 TIMOTHY 3:1-17

Introduction:

No person can afford to be ignorant or misinformed on what the Bible says on any subject in these perilous times we are living in. Your eternal soul and the eternal souls of others depend upon them knowing and believing the Truth of God’s Word.

1. THE AUTHOR OF THE BIBLE [2Timothy 3:16]

A. The Procedure [“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” 2Tim.3:16a; 2 Peter 1:21]

B. The Proofs

1. The testimony of Jesus

a. Jesus authenticated the Old Testament [Mark 7:9,10; Luke 24:27,44]

b. Jesus pre-authenicated the New Testament [John 14:26; 16:13]

2. The fulfilled prophecies [Deuteronomy 18:20-22]

3. The Bible’s unity

4. The Bible’s endurance [1Peter 1:25]

5. The Bible’s power [Hebrews 412]

11. THE AUTHORITY OF THE BIBLE

A. Subjects

1. Matters of this life

a. Salvation [Romans 3:23; 6:23; 5:8; 10:13]

b. Sin [1 John 3:4]

c. Success [Psalms 1:1-4; 2 Timothy 3:16]

2. Matters of the next life

a. judgment [Hebrews 9:27]

b. justice [1 Corinthians 3:8]

B. Substitutes

1. Human reasoning [Proverbs 3:5-7; Isaiah 55:8,9]

2. The Church [Matthew 15:6-9]

3. Tradition [Matthew 15:6; Mark 7:7]

4. The majorities opinion [Numbers 13,14]

5. A man [Matthew 23:9]

6. Feelings [Jeremiah 17:9]

7. Experience [2 Thessalonians 2:8]

8. Mans law [Mark 7:7]

9. Conscience [1 timothy 4:2; Titus 1:15; Acts 26:9; Romans 10:2]

10. Extra biblical revelation [Revelation 22:18,19]

111. THE ADVERSARIES OF THE BIBLE [2 Timothy 3:5-13]

A. Those who deny it [Genesis 3:1]

B. Those who dissect it [Jeremiah 36:1-10, 23]

C. Those who disregard it [Luke 8:7,14; James 1:22

D. Those who defy it [2 Timothy 3:8; :9; Psalms 50:16 Mark 7:9]

E. Those who desecrate it [Matthew 15:16; Revelations 22:18]

F. Those who find it distasteful [Jeremiah 6:10; Proverbs 1:7]

IV. THE ABILITY OF THE BIBLE [2 Timothy 3:15; Psalms 119:130]]

A. It is able to make one wise [2 Timothy 3:15]

1. How to be saved [“...make the wise unto salvation...” 2 Timothy 3:15]

2. What is Truth [“...profitable for doctrine...” 2 Timothy 3:15]

3. How to behave [“... for correction, for instruction in righteousness 2 Timothy 3:16]

B. It is able to convict of sin [“...pricked in their heart...” Acts 2:37]

C. It is able regenerate hearts [1 Peter 1:23]

D. It is able to produce faith in the Lord [Romans 10:17]

E. It is able to cleanse ones lie of sin [Psalms 119:9; Ephesians 5:25,26]

F. It is able to build you up [Acts 20:32; 1 Peter 2:2]

G. It is able to give you assurance [1John 5:13]

H. It is able to give you peace of heart [Psalms 85:8; 119:165]

I. It is able to give you real joy [John 15:11; 13:17; Jeremiah 15:16]

J. It is able to prosper you [Psalms 1:1-3]

K. It is able to give you comfort and hope [Romans 15:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:18]

L. It is able to protect you from error [John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16]

V. THE ABSOLUTES OF THE BIBLE [Essentials and non-negotiables]

A. The Virgin Birth and Deity of Jesus

B. The Substitutionary Death of Jesus

C. The Bodily Resurrection of Jesus

D. The Verbal Inspiration of all Scripture

E. The Second Coming of Jesus


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