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Sermon-Trustworthy Week 1

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Stonegate Fellowship

on 20 November 2013

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The Bible is NOT a single book, written by a sole author, at a single point in history, at one location, in one language and lacking historical copies.
Rom 12:1-4
The Book of the Bible Abbreviation
The Chapter of the Book
The Verse(s) of the Book
How Most People Commonly Write & Reference Bible Passages
Sometimes this is a period instead of a colon
2 Peter 1:20–21
(16) All Scripture is
breathed out
by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, (17) that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16–17
What is the Scripture?
Through Creation & Jesus
of Scriptures
Graphic taken from Credo House Publishers, The Discipleship Program
Visually: How We Received the Bible
2 Corinthians 5:18-19; Colossians 1:19-23; John 1:1
How We Must
Approach the Bible

Our posture as we approach the Bible is vital
The Bible is:
God's special revelation of Himself
Psalm 19:1-4 & Romans 1:19-20 speak about God's general revelation of Himself through nature, whereas 1 Peter 1:20-21 & 2 Timothy 3:16-17 speak about God's detailed, specific revelation of Himself to humanity.
The Bible is:
the story of God's redemption and reconciliation of His creation by the finished work of Jesus Christ who is the central focus and theme of scripture
The Bible is NOT:
The scriptures are not the 'end'; they are a means (tool) to point us, push us, propel us to our ultimate end, which is satisfaction in Jesus
something to be worshiped
John 5:37-40
Romans 12:2; Psalm 37:4
The Bible is NOT:
The stories and letters are first for the people in that time, set in that context, and influenced by that culture
always about us and what we are going through
The Bible is NOT:
It does contain laws and historically accurate events. Both are valuable for life and godliness.
a rule or reference book
Consequently, they do not always directly correlate with our present circumstances. This is okay as long as we realize that it is not the point.
Authority of the Bible
Definition of Authority
The power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience
The power to influence others
Do you see God and His word as authoritative for your life and practice?
Not just in word, but in action
Examples of Authority
Speed Limits
User Manuals
Jury summons
Doctor's Lab Report
Notarized Documents
Crime-scene Evidence
(16) All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, (17) that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16–17
Read These Verses
The 2 Timothy passage speaks to the Biblical reality that ALL the words of scripture are the very words of God
“The authority of scripture means that all the words of scripture are God’s words in such a way that to disbelieve or disobey any word of scripture is to disbelieve or disobey God Himself.”
Our One Big Take-away:
Other Statements Supporting the Bible's Authority
This leads us to hold the text up as the ultimate standard of truth and our final authority
Resulting in all the words of scripture being completely true and without error*
God cannot lie or speak falsely
2 Samuel 7:28, Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18
Numbers 23:19; Psalm 12:6; 119:89, 96; Proverbs 30:5; Matthew 24:35
John 17:17
In the original autographs, not manuscripts
How is the "Authority of Scripture" Attacked?
It's outdated
It is filled with errors
Just a collection of stories/myths
Good for you, but not me
Just for church, not real life
Too difficult to understand
No one can be sure of meaning
It's been used to justify horrible actions
If we give into the idea of serious error
We have the license to accommodate the message whenever we feel like it
We begin to wonder if God can be trusted
We elevate our thoughts to be equal to or above God
A Pause
Taken from Wayne & Elliot Grudem's 20 Beliefs Every Christian Should Know
Our thoughts/experiences then become the utmost authority for life and practice
Practical Takeaways
Trustworthy Series

"The Bible is a collection of 66 different books (39 OT & 27 NT), written in three languages (Hebrew, Greek, a bit of Aramaic), over a period of more than 1,000 years, written by more than 40 authors, on three continents (Asia, Africa, and Europe)."
"These books cover history, sermons, letters, hymns, and even a love song. There are geographical surveys, architectural specifications, travel diaries, family trees, and numerous legal documents."
"Authors included kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, poets, statesmen, and scholars among them."
"It covers hundreds of controversial subjects, yet does it with amazing, supernatural unity.

And ALL of it reveals to us the loving triune God and His plan for His people."
This collection of books is about God.
Taken from "Creature of the Word: The Jesus-Centered Church"
This collection of books is about God.
The Bible is NOT centered on us.
The Bible is centered on Christ & His Gospel
When it is all said and done, there are three groups of people in this room:
Those who fully embrace the Bible
The Bible is a trustworthy tool that
reveals the trustworthy God of all.
Those who are passive/indifferent
Those who are skeptics
We will see: It is relevant to our lives
Inspired and authoritative
There is a purpose to every word/story in it
Overview of the Bible
All of us are:
All of us have views about who we think God is and what God is like
(25) And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! (26) Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” (27) And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.”
“(44) Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” (45) Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, (46) and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, (47) and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. (48) You are witnesses of these things.”
“(20) knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. (21) For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of
, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the
Holy Spirit
How did we get the Scriptures?
Luke 24:25–27 ESV
Luke 24:44–48 ESV
The Bible is NOT:
Lens = Worldview/Perspective
a book with answers to all of life’s questions
With the Bible as our foundation, we are able to make decisions in life that are in line with God’s will for our lives, and set us up to experience lasting joy
Rules/Commands= MRI the Heart
His words as if He was directly speaking them to us
Proverbs 30:5
grab a card on the way out
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