Summary: An explanation of the Bible, why it is God’s word and the role it can play in our lives
Why the Bible?
Several prominent literary figures were invited to an open forum where they were interviewed. One question that came up was: “If you were stranded on a desert isle, and you could only have one book, which book would you bring with you?” The first person said without hesitating, “The complete works of William Shakespeare” The next said, “I would bring the Bible with me” They turned to the last writer and said, “How about you? What book would you bring with you to a desert isle?” He responded, “Thomas’ Guide to Practical Ship Building.”
So why the Bible? This is God’s gift to us. We have a God who is intimately involved in and concerned about our life success. Because of his love for us, He wants the best for us and has provided a life map for us which is His Holy Word. Everything you need to honor God and please him is found in this Bible. If we follow his life map, we can experience God’s provision, we can experience God’s power, we can experience God’s protection and we can experience God’s plan and purpose for our lives. Everything we need in life is found in this life map. Today we’re going to discuss the importance and power of the Bible, three things the Bible offers us.
Slide: The Bible is our main source for life information and wisdom. The Bible has often been described as ’Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth’ (B.I.B.L.E.) Verse 14. “But as for you, continue with what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those who you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” Life is a series of developmental stages. In fact, Erik Ericcson’s work has identified several stages in human development. The first is the infant stage. It is in this stage where we hear our parent’s words which help us develop and become mature. God realizes when we are infants that we need life information so God produced this life map which would help us hear the word of God and follow his instructions on how to live. This word is more than words written by humans but it is wisdom which comes from the very heart of God. “Tune your ears to wisdom and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight and understanding….gain knowledge of the Lord. For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:2-3, 5b-6 This is not just a great historical book but it is a message of guidance from God to you. Paul told Timothy the Bible is not just for education but for your spiritual growth and ultimately your salvation.
Before an infant can ever grow and mature, it is critical that the parent offer wisdom and guidance which provides a framework of rules by which to live. In this Bible are boundaries by which we are to live. Image of parent talking to toddler Early on as we raised our children, we found ourselves correcting our children, telling them, “Don’t do this!” and “Don’t’ do that.” “Don’t touch the stove, don’t run into the street, don’t run with scissors in your hand, don’t go to sleep with chewing gum in your mouth.” It was always don’t, don’t, don’t. We gave them rules to live by to keep them on life’s path for their ultimate success in life. And they would think how mean we were. We’re weren’t mean but we did all that because we love them so much that we were concerned more about their future well-being than we were with their present happiness.