The title of this sermon is: Taking the Bible Seriously.
1 Corinthians 2:11-12
Our word Bible comes from the Greek word for book. So, the words Holy Bible could also be Holy Book. There are 66 books in the Bible. The 66 books make up one book that is a divine, complete story about Jesus. Jesus is the hero of the Bible. It’s all about Jesus.
The OT was written on papyrus. A sort of paper made from reeds. When the NT was written, parchments or prepared animal skins were also used.
In the 1200s, The chapter divisions that we use today were added.
The Geneva NT of 1557 was the first Bible to use the system of 31,173 verses that we also use today.
However, these chapters and verses are not authoritative. The Bible was never meant to be read in bits and pieces. This is why taking verses out of context can lead to serious misunderstanding. (Phil. 4:13, Jer. 29:11)
All of Scripture points to Jesus. We don’t ever want to take away from that. It is important to know the context of the book and verses being read and how that fits into the overall context of Scripture.
Some people only believe that the NT is about Jesus. However, all through the OT, we see how the OT points us to Jesus. That is why we can say the Bible is one book about Jesus and Jesus is the hero.
The Bible was written by divine inspiration. This does not mean that the writers or the process was inspired but the writings themselves are inspired because they are God-breathed.
We believe that the whole of Scripture was written by God. God wrote the Bible using human authors. This is called verbal plenary inspiration.
Verbal means that every word in the Bible is inspired, important and chosen by God, so every word matters.
Plenary means that there are no parts of the Bible that we do not believe, do not like, will not preach, teach, or obey.
The Bible is inerrant and infallible.
Inerrant means that the Bible is perfect and free from error. The doctrine of inerrancy says that because God does not lie or speak false, and the Bible is God’s Holy Word, then it is perfect.
So, we believe the whole of the Bible is free from error.
Infallible means the Bible is unfailing. It is absolute truth. We believe this because all truth is God’s truth. The Bible is God’s Word and therefore it is truth.
The Bible is authoritative.
Sola Scriptura means that Scripture alone is our court of highest authority. God is our ultimate authority and the Bible is His Word so we submit to the Bible as our highest authority.
We still obey pastors, teachers, parents, government only up to when it comes to disobeying the Bible.
We will always preach the Bible as literal because it is the literal Word of God. This means we believe there really was a garden. God really flooded the world. Jonah was really swallowed by a fish. David really killed Goliath with one stone. Jesus really died on the cross and rose from the dead and ascended into heaven.
2 Timothy 3:16
teaching – helps you to form a Christian worldview
reproof – rebuke/reprimand/call out
correction – convict of sin/purge/ call to repentance
training in righteousness -teaches you how to live holy and conform to the image of Christ/transforms your mind