I wanted to start off this year by revisiting the Bible translation issue that has become a frequent topic of this Podcast. Back in December, I preached a message to my congregation with the purpose of changing the Bible version we use at River City Baptist Church. Long before I even brought this before the church, I met with some faithful men and our church leadership to discuss this issue. That series of meetings continued for about four weeks and the points I covered became a sermon titled The Seven Wonders of the Word.
Title: The Seven Wonders of the Word
Text: Psalm 119:161
I. The Bible Reveals God to Us - Revelation
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, - Hebrews 1:2
II. The Bible Was Recorded by Man but Given By God - Inspiration
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: - 2 Timothy 3:16
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. – 2 Peter 1:21
III. The Bible is Absolutely Free From Mistakes – Inerrancy
In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; - Titus 1:2
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. – Proverbs 30:5
IV. The Bible is Completely Sufficient – Authority
And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him. – Deuteronomy 18:21-22
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. – John 5:39
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. – Acts 17:11
...for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. – Psalm 138:2
V. God has Promised His Word will Last Forever – Preservation
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. – Matthew 5:18
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand forever. – Isaiah 40:8
What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God. – Romans 3:1-2
VI. God Has Graciously Provided His Word to Many People Groups of the World – Translation
VII. The Bible Was Given For Our Spiritual Growth - Transformation
1. The Bible tells us truth.
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. – John 17:17
2. The Bible instructs us.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: - 2 Timothy 3:16
3. The Bible brings growth.
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
- 1 Peter 2:2
4. The Bible contains God’s promises.
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. – 2 Peter 1:4
5. The Bible helps us to resist temptation. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. – Psalm 119:11
6. The Bible has the power to change our lives.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12
7. We are to read, study, and meditate on the Bible.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. – 2 Timothy 2:15
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