“TEN REASONS WHY I KNOW THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD!”

Psalm 119:89-112
 
Tell what the Bible means to you. Now, here are ten Reasons….
 
I. BECAUSE OF ITS AMAZING UNITY!
 
Sixty-six Books, with different individuals. The Bible is the only Book that makes sense.
 
II. BECAUSE OF ITS INDESTRUCTIBILITY!
 
Emperors and others have tried to destroy it from the very beginning.
 
Fools have tried to discredit the Bible. Ingersoll, Payne, etc.
 
In AD 303 Diocletion ordered, “get rid of all the manuscripts.”
 
In 313 Constantine asked, “are there any left” as many as 50 were found.
 
III. BECAUSE OF ITS HISTORICAL ACCURACY!
 
IV. BECAUSE OF ITS SCIENTIFIC ACCURACY!
 
The Bible is not a Book of Science, but all it says is true.
 
Isaiah 40:22, “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in.”
 
V. BECAUSE OF ITS PROPHETIC ACCURACY!
VI. BECAUSE OF ITS CARE AND COPY!
 
Monks would copy Septuagint with much care and time.
 
VII. BECAUSE OF ITS AMAZING CIRCULATION!
 
The Bible is still the World’s best seller.
 
VIII. BECAUSE OF ITS UNIVERSAL APPEAL!
 
IX. BECAUSE OF ITS ABSOLUTE HONESTY!
 
David, Solomon…etc.
 
X. BECAUSE OF ITS POWER TO SAVE!
 
Have you read it? Is the Bible the most important book to you?

“BEWARE OF THE SERPENT!”

SATURDAY-MONDAY, OCTOBER 7-9, 2017

1 Peter 5:8, 2 Corinthians 11:3, 13-14

In studying the New Testament, you can see that Satan tried continuously to silence the church. When the attack from without failed, Satan changed his strategy and began a plan to divide the church from within. Tactics have not changed today. If he does not succeed as a devouring lion, he will come as a deceiving serpent or as an angel of light.

The early church was spirit-filled. As you study the book of Acts, you find some outstanding characteristics of a spirit-filled church.

Read Acts 2:41-47

I. THE SPIRIT-FILLED CHURCH IS A UNIFIED CHURCH.

This God given unity does not simply imply a well-organized institution. This unity involves trust, a giving spirit, and an “others orientation.” The church at Jerusalem was unified in doctrinal beliefs, as well as in fellowship, giving, and worship.

Acts 2:42, “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

II. A SPIRIT – FILLED CHURCH IS A MAGNIFIED CHURCH.

Satan attempted to disgrace the early church.

The religious rulers of the day opposed the work of the believers but many people were drawn to them because of their testimonies of faith. It was the fear of the common people that restrained the religious leaders in their attack. A spirit-filled church will have its enemies, but what the Lord is doing will attract those who are seeking to know God.

In the first church evangelism became the ministry of every Christian, not just a chosen few.

Not only a UNIFIED, MAGNIFIED:

III. THE SPIRIT-FILLED CHURCH IS A MULTIPLIED CHURCH!

Why? Because every member sought to be an effective witness for Jesus Christ.
Most people who come to church, are saved or walk the aisle, do so; because one of our members took of their time to invite them to come.

Then, after they came forward, someone led them to the Lord with the BIBLE IN HAND. (By the way soul-winners, always open your Bible so that people can see the Word of God is speaking and not your opinion).

Too many times people come forward during the invitation, and are never shown from the Bible, but convinced that they are saved.

I just had another young man tell me yesterday, that he went through years of his life thinking that he was saved, when he was not. Let’s be careful to always show them the scriptures.

Remember God said, “His Word shall not return unto Him void,” not your word.

Think of it, several members of our local church are involved in one person receiving Christ.

The church will be MULTIPLIED and believers added as each member faithfully witnesses for Christ.

In Chapter four of Acts we are introduced to Barnabas whose name means “son of encouragement.”

Barnabas had sold his possessions and gives the money to the church to meet the needs of the believers.

He was a spirit-filled man who gave his all to the Lord.

Spirit-filled believers today will emulate the spirit of these early believers and give willingly to the work of the local church.

Barnabas act of generosity filled two people with envy.

Annanias and Sapphira’s sin was not that they did not give all their possessions to the Lord.

Their sin was hypocrisy – a deliberate deception to have people believe they were spiritual when really they were not.

Satan worked to destroy the church from within by causing Annanias and Sapphira to put on a “lovely front” in order to conceal the ugly sin in their lives.

This deception was energized by Satan.

Satan is a liar and a murderer. He lied to and through this couple and their lie led to their deaths.

When God judged Annanias and Sapphira He was letting everybody know that He would not tolerate deception in His church.

Satan wants to divide the church, disgrace the church, decrease the church and the ultimate goal is to destroy the church.

But just like those believers, the church can completely triumph as we remain spirit-filled and UNIFIED, MAGNIFIED and MULTIPLIED.

“BEING ESTABLISHED IN THE WORD OF GOD!” CONCLUSION!

2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

Colossians 1:27, “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:”

That looks forward. What a wonderful thing to look forward to.

1. Through the gospel.

2. Unto glorification.

III. The Command of God verse 15, “stand fast and hold the traditions.”

In this verse Paul is talking about what he taught them when he was with them. It is the Word of God that enables us to stand and be steadfast.

1. To stabilize our walk

2. To seize the truth, both verbal and written

IV. The Comfort of God verses 16,17, “comfort your hearts….”

Not only will The Lord bring comfort and consolation to our hearts, but also He does it through His Word.

1. It stills the emotions.

2. It soothes the spirit.

V. The Confirmation of God verse 17, “stablish you in every good word and work.”

1. It establishes in good words.

2.It establishes in good works.

That will establish us in every good word and work.

I firmly believe that the study of the Word of God will lead to the work of God.

Conclusion: Winston Churchill said about a battle in World War II, “Never have so many owed so much to so few.”

Never has there been so much owed by so many to such a great and mighty God.

“BEING ESTABLISHED IN THE WORD OF GOD!”

Please read 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17.

One of the things that come with salvation is that Jesus is coming again. That does not mean to constantly gaze up into the sky and look for His coming. But it will manifest in three different ways if one truly believes in His coming:

  1. It will affect his attitude toward the Word of God.
  2. It will affect his Walk with God.
  3. It will affect his Work for God.
  1. The Choice of God in verse 13, “chosen you to salvation.” 

RA Torrey said Ro. 8:28 is “the soft pillow for a tired heart.”

This is so clearly taught in Romans 8:28:31.

  1. Through sanctification of the Spirit
  2. Through belief of the Truth

Think of it: God chose you before you even got here.

Spurgeon said, “I am so glad God chose me before I got here, because if He had waited until I got here, He would never have chosen me.”

Actually, the “whoever will’s” are the chosen ones.

  1. The Call of God in verse14, “to the obtaining of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 

This is future and refers to the rapture.

I John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” 

CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“ARE YOU EQUIPPED FOR SERVICE?” CONCLUSION!

Read Hebrews 13:15-25 again.
 
We are here to serve God.
 
One servant equips others.
 
Spiritual growth leads to spiritual service.
 
Not just Bible studies, etc. But to give to others.
 
That’s what makes it stick with us.
 
We have a responsibility to get involved. He predestinated us to serve Him.
 
He will hold us accountable for “Deed done and not done.”
 
All our experiences are a part of our equipment.
 
What are you doing with it?
 
Can you justify not serving God?
 
We will give account to God for our time.
 
How many people have a better relationship with Christ because of you? How many are saved, baptized, in church because of you?
 
You cannot separate spiritual growth from service.
 
We must get involved to serve Him daily.
 
Decide now, not to live one more day for self.
 
You were made to serve God. He has equipped you for it.

“ARE YOU EQUIPPED FOR SERVICE?”

Hebrews 13:15-25, verse 21 text.

Since we are now New Testament priests we too can offer our sacrifices to God in four ways:

  1. You can sacrifice your PERSON Romans 12:1.

         When we truly give ourselves to the Lord all other giving becomes easy.

  1. You can sacrifice your PURSE 2 Corinthians 8:1-5.

         If He doesn’t have your purse He does not have you.

  1. You can offer the sacrifice of PRAISE verse 15.
  2. You can offer the sacrifice of PERFORMANCE or doing good, which we see in verse 16.

In verse 21, the word perfect, means: complete, equipped.

Now, think about that for a moment. God has equipped the saint for service. There is nothing we cannot do for God if He has equipped us. Let’s think about that for a few moments after we pay:

First of all, we need to be aware of:

  1. THE PROVISION GOD MADE FOR ALL OF US.

Understand God will never call you without taking responsibility of equipping you, Ephesians 2:10, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them?”

We are to walk in good works.

Ephesians 4:24, “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

How does God equip us?

  1. In the very beginning He made you equipped Genesis 1:26-28.
  2. He made you and created you with talent and ability. Read 1 Corinthians 12:1-11.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“BEING ENCOURAGED IN THE LORD!” CONCLUSION!

This is a great lesson: Did you know that you don’t have to know it all, and how to do it all?
 
GOD DID NOT CALL US TO FAIL VERSE 9.
 
God never gives manna for tomorrow. “My grace is sufficient for thee.”
 
Them something happened to Jeremiah. What set him on fire?
 
Maybe he did a self-analysis, a maybe he listened to a preaching tape or read the Sword or how to do it book.
 
HE THOUGHT ABOUT THE WORD OF GOD!
 
Settle this in your heart:
 
God gave us His complete revelation, all of it.
He preserved it for us, just the way He wants it KJV.
 
The Bible (KJV) is the one you have in your hands right now.
 
It is not your personality, charm, wit, talent, etc. It is only the Word of God. That is what did it for Jeremiah and will for you and me.
 
The Word of God will always work verse ten. We don’t have to see one single prayer answered, one soul saved, etc. to stay faithful to Him. God commands us to preach in season and out of season, and leave the results to God. Amen!
 
My job as a preacher is to prepare a fresh sermon, pray, help people, go soul winning; and He will build the church. I am one who loves fresh bread – illustrate.
 
The same is true with Sermons and promises from the Word of God.
 
Take the Word of God and let it burn in your heart.