Summary: a sermon on why and how we should use the Bible.
WHY THE BIBLE
Have you ever wonder why we have the Bible? Or how we are suppose to us it? Well I think God knew we could not live without it.
Why the Bible, well for starters it is a handbook for Christians to live by instructions if you will. Second it is a history of the world. Yes you heard right history of the World. Let us address this for a moment to see how God’s word tells us the history of the world, for years Scientist and Historians have been trying to prove that God did not create the world but as always the Bible proves them wrong. Scientist and historians say that thousands of years ago water covered the earth, this is true but the Bible says the same thing only it gives us a more reliable reason for the flood, but scientist and historians say that man did not exist before that time. Wrong the Bible tell the whole story of how because of mans sinful ways the Lord flooded the earth killing everything an everyone but Noah, his family and all the beast of the earth, birds of the sky and so on. Scientist say that nothing existed before the flood because they can find no signs in the earths layers, I think that if God want them to find anything they would and God hide this for a reason. Scientist and historians tell us that when Moses crossed the Red Sea that God did not part the sea but instead Moses crossed at the upper end of the Red Sea where it is only about 200 yards wide and only a couple of feet deep, very shallow. If this was true why is it that Pharaoh and his army were unable to over take and kill the Israelites. The Bible says that the SEA opened and allowed the Israelites to cross on dry ground and then closed in killing Pharaohs army. Scientist do not dispute the fact that Pharaoh and his army were killed while trying to over take the Israelites, You know what I think, the Bible must be right again because the Israeli people still live today. These are just a few examples of how the Bible tells about the history of the world.
No matter how far scientist go back in history the results are the same, the Bible tells the whole story. And unlike science which changes with every new discovery the Bible stays the same and it never changes, it is the same today as it was thousands of years ago when history was made. That is how God intended it to be then and now.
Now let us address the Bible as a handbook for living a Christian life. The Bible was written as a guide on how we should live according to Jesus Christ. The New Testament was written by the disciples and apostles as a testimony of what Jesus taught the people of those days about living for God. The gospels, do you know why they are called gospel? Do you know the definition of the word Gospel? The definition of Gospel is: unquestionably true and they are called the Gospels because they are unquestionably true.
Before the New Testament the profits tried to teach us the ways in which we should live, but man was unable to live for the Lord in the law. That is why God sent Jesus to live and die for you an I. Jesus gave us clear instructions on how to live, pray and receive forgiveness for sin and enter into to house of the Lord (heaven). In the book of Matthew chapter 5: 43-48 Jesus tells us:
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Jesus tells us to love our enemy,
Matthew 6: 5-15 Jesus tells us how to pray:
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.