“Is the Bible True?”

Jeremiah 1:1-9, 2 Timothy 3:14-17. 

2 Timothy 3:16 has been called the golden text of His Word.  We don’t sort of have the Word of God, we Have the Word of God today.

We are not like some scientist waiting for a radio signal from space or heaven. We have His Word. 

You may read the Bible, obey it, even teach it to others, but how do you know the Bible is true? How would you defend its truthfulness to an unbeliever?

First of all, we cannot prove to anyone that the Bible is true. Only the Holy Spirit can do that as He moves in the heart of a person who desires to know and do God’s will John 7:17.

From a human perspective we do have reason to trust:

I. THE BIBLE IS HISTORICALLY ACCURATE. 

The writers of the Bible were honest, sane, sincere men who in many cases were eyewitnesses to what they recorded.

Their careful attention to detail show their sincerity and concern about details of the Bible. Luke 1:1-4.

The historical and geographical information that the Bible presents has been confirmed by other documents and archeological discoveries.

Not to mention the many prophecies in the Old Testament that have been fulfilled in great detail in the New Testament.  Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Matthew 8:16-17, 27:30-31.

CONTINUED ON MONDAY!

“IS THERE ANY WORD FOR AMERICA?” CONCLUSION!

Read Jeremiah 37:16-21.

Yesterday we saw. I. THE WORD OF REVELATION.

Just as God gave His word in Jeremiah’s day He is speaking to America today. I believe we need to heed to the warnings, and do something in this generation to save the next one.

II. THE WORD OF WARNING.

Proverbs 29:1, “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.”

God’s message today is still “stop or perish.” “Prepare to meet thy God.”

III. THE WORD OF JUDGMENT.

Is there any word from the Lord? There is! THE WORD – JUDGMENT!

Judas repented, but it was too late. The people in Noah’s day had to face it, but it was too late. The men of Sodom ignored the revelation of warning.

I can recall another man in the New Testament who ignored the revelation built his house upon the sand. When the storm came it was too late.

Will America listen in this culture? Is it too late for America? Can you imagine what it will be like for those who ignore His REVLATION and WARNING?

God’s people must awake out of sleep, trim their lamps, and let their light begin to shine. God is still looking for faithful dedicated people who will stand in the gap to make up the hedge.

We need to say, “Oh God make this the year of repentance and revival in America. Make this the year of turning and of harvest in America. Make this the year of coming back to the original founding fathers of America.”

“IS THERE ANY WORD FOR AMERICA?” PART 2.

Read Jeremiah 37:16-21.
 
I. THE WORD OF REVELATION!
 
A. Look at Sodom and Gomorrah before the angels destroyed it.
 
God first spoke to Abraham and the people ignored his message.
Before judgment ever falls God will first try to find a man who will stand in the gap and make up the hedge. Ezekiel 22:30, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”
 
“I sought for a man.” Someone put it this way, “I saw that there was a serious break made in the moral state and feeling of the people, and I sought for a man that would stand in the gap; that would faithfully exhort, reprove and warn with all long-suffering and doctrine, but I found none!”
Not that there was not a righteous man in the city. Because Jeremiah and Baruch were still there; but Jeremiah had been forbidden to pray for the people (11:14).
 
B. Look at Noah.
 
Before the flood he warned people for 120 years with nothing but deaf ears. They also ignored his message.
 
C. Look at Jonah and Nineveh.
 
First Jonah ignored God and had to be chastened to pay attention.
 
Let’s look at our text verses again: verses 16-21.
 
Verse 16. “Dungeon, cabins.”
 
The prison consisted of a pit with vaulted cells around the sides of it. The “cabins,” barely enough room to stand up.
 
Verse 17. “Secretly.”
 
Zedekiah was ashamed to be seen by his princes consulting Jeremiah over this.
 
“Thou shalt be delivered.” I’ll tell you this for certain, had Jeremiah consulted his earthly interests, he would have answered very differently.
 
Verse 18. “What have I offended against thee, or against thy servants, or against this people, that ye have put me in prison?”
Verse 19. “Where are now your prophets?” The incident has proven them to be liars.
 
“Lest I die there” From lack of proper sustenance (37:20).
 
“All the bread spent.” Jeremiah had bread supplied to him until he was thrown into the dungeon of Malchiah, at which time the bread in the city was gone.
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“IS THERE ANY WORD FOR AMERICA?”

Jeremiah 37:1-21, verses 16-21 text.

Verse two tells us that some people would not hearken to the word of the Lord.

There is one thing men of God in pulpits across America need to realize is that the people of God still will not listen. And the lost are comfortable in the social religious activities. People today are no more interested in hearing the word of God than they were thousands of years ago.

I do not have the answer but I do know that if the people of God will not listen and refuse to follow the word of the Lord they will turn to their own wicked devices.

With the unrest we have in our society today it would seem wise for people to listen to God and to the voice of God’s man.

I would not want to live in this ungodly world without the Lord. I would not want to face terrorists and cold blooded killers without the protective Hand of God.

There are THREE THINGS that stand out in this chapter, and in our text that I would like to call your attention to.

I. THE WORD OF REVELATION.

The word revelation means to uncover something that had been hidden. Is there any word from the Lord? There is! It is the WORD OF REVELATION.

God never does His work without first revealing His will and purpose for doing that which has to be done. The Bible is full of examples of this truth:

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“IS GOD YOUR GUIDE? CONCLUSION!

Please read Proverbs 3:1-10 again.
 
Review the past two lessons if time permits.
 
God will guide us, but we must follow HIS direction. It is vain for us to pray for His leading and then go our own way.
I. THE NEED OF HIS GUIDANCE, FAITH
II. THE NATURE OF HIS GUIDANCE, TRUST
III. THE METHOD OF HIS GUIDANCE. THE HOLY SPIRIT!
 
A. He will often use our own conscience as a guide.
 
He is no less divine because He is the author of our new nature. But it is easily corrupted with the old nature, so we need the Holy Spirit to purify, enlighten and strengthen our conscience.
 
B. Through inspired teaching and preaching of the Word of God.
 
God guides one man through His message to another. Prophets and apostles were messengers of divine guidance.
 
We need His divine teaching and guidance, because we cannot always trust the conscience.
 
God’s Word is a “lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.”
 
C. Through circumstances led by Him.
 
He closes some ways, only to open another path in His providence. It is His providence that led you here today. He supplied the Way – Jesus – YOU MUST CHOOSE OR REJECT HIM.

“IS GOD YOUR GUIDE?” PART 2.

Proverbs 3:1-10.
 
Our prayer should not be that God would guide us safely, but that He would show us His way.
 
On Monday we learned, I. THE NEED FOR HIS GUIDANCE.
 
II. THE NATURE OF HIS GUIDANCE., TRUST!
 
The animals are guided by instinct, but God has given us a greater liberty and thereby, a greater responsibility of choosing or rejecting His guidance. With privilege comes responsibility.
 
We cannot earn it. We don’t deserve it. Not by skill but simply to TRUST with a childlike faith. It involves:
 
A. Surrender of self.
 
“Lean not unto thine own understanding.” We want Him to guide us in our own way. Lean on Him for strengthening our understanding.
 
B. A complete and wholehearted faith,
 
“Trust with all thine heart.”
 
Every thought, affection, and desire must be given to Him or at least a real honest effort must be given.
 
C. It must be an active faith.
 
God will guide us, but we must follow HIS direction. It is vain for us to pray for His leading and then go our own way.
 
TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“IS GOD YOUR GUIDE?”

Proverbs 3:1-10
 
Review verses 1-6. The steps of the young man are now steps of responsibility guided by the Word of God. Psalm 119;11, “Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee.” Ezra 7:10 “Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord and to do it.” It is not so much duty but devotion to the will of God.
 
Let us first of all look at,
 
I. THE NEED FOR HIS GUIDANCE.
 
A. For our daily problems in life.
 
The 21st century Christian faces difficulty none other has: Earthquakes, devastation, floods, tornadoes, nuclear war, murder, racism, liberalism, acceptance, tolerance, streets not safe, computers, automation, Robots, stock market crashes, etc.
 
All this can cause frustration and confusion. We must have His guidance. The longer we live the more complex our problems become. Then, when we just begin to learn some lessons, it’s time to die.
 
B. For uncertainty of the future.
 
Our whole lives must be lived with respect to the future. Like Columbus of old, set his sails across unknown seas. Not knowing what a day may bring forth, yet boldly faced it and planned for many days in the future.
 
Yet the future is hidden from us, except for what is revealed in the Word of God. How needful then to be guided on to the unknown by the One who sees the end from the beginning. We need His divine guidance.
 
C. For the call of duty.
 
We need Him not only for our own interest, but even more so for His service. We are really not free to choose our own path. The servant must learn the will of his Master before he can know what to do.
 
TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW!