Summary: The Bible makes at least four statements about itself, and each one of these describes one of the reasons it was given to us. Let's take a look at God’s four reasons for giving us the Bible.
WRITTEN WITH A PURPOSE
1. One Sunday morning, while sitting next to her first grade daughter in church, Susan Wright noticed the little one looking at the open Bible in her lap.
2. In a low whisper, she asked, "Did God really write that?" Susan quietly whispered back, "Yes He did."
3. Looking down at her mother's Bible again, the little girl said in amazement, "Wow! He really has a neat handwriting!"
1. Tonight we're going to study the purpose of the Bible. Many people have their opinions about why the Bible is given and what its purpose is are, but tonight, I want us to see what the Bible says about itself.
2. The Bible makes at least four statements about itself, and each one of these describes one of the reasons it was given to us. Let's take a look at God’s four reasons for giving us the Bible:
I. AUTHENTICATE THE DIVINITY OF CHRIST
A. TEXT: John 20:31
“But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
B. JOHN’S PURPOSE IN WRITING
1. John, in writing, intended to show that Jesus was not just a man, a prophet, or a great leader. In fact, John was portraying someone who was not really even human; but God.
2. John showed how Jesus changed water into wine (2), changed people from the inside (3,4), healed the incurably crippled (5), had power to multiply food to feed thousands (6), had the power to forgive sins (8), to heal those born blind (9), to raise the dead (11), and finally to overcome death after his suffering for us (20).
C. STATEMENTS OF CHRIST'S DEITY
1. Isaiah (7:14) predicted a child would be born who would be "God with us"; Micah (5:2) said that in Bethlehem would be the birthplace of this Everlasting Ruler. The apostle John called Him "God the Word" (1:1); Thomas called Him "My Lord and My God" (John 20:28); Paul called Him "God manifest in the flesh" (1 Timothy 3:16), and Peter called Him "Our God and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 1:1). Abraham saw Him (John 8:56), Moses saw him in the Burning Bush (Exodus 3:14; John 8:58; Hebrews 11: 26-27), and Jacob saw Him by the Heavenly Staircase (Genesis 28:13; John 1:51).
2. Like Josh McDowell said, "If Jesus Christ is not God, He deserves an Oscar!"
II. TO GIVE HOPE TO MEN
A. TEXT: Romans 15:4
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
B. DESCRIPTION OF HOPE
1. Hope - According to Christian ethics: one of the three virtues (faith, hope, and love) created by God to round out the natural virtues.
2. HOPE DESCRIBES:
c. The object upon which the hope is fixed (1 Timothy 1:1).
3. HOPE & DESPAIR -- OPPOSITES
a. hope - be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes; "I am still hoping that all will turn out well"
b. despair - abandon hope; give up hope; lose heart; "Don't despair--help is on the way!"