Week 1 of our August series entitled Questions? Questions? Questions? Can I Trust This Book? 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21
“Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.”
II Timothy 3:16-17 (The Message)
Today’s question is about the Book, the most published and purchased book in the world. Can it be trusted? We know honest, sincere questions, and reservations are raised by thoughtful people about this Book that can keep them from taking it seriously or trusting it. Let me raise some of the reservations and speak briefly to them.
The Bible may have valuable things to teach us about life and faith, but it ought to be understood as a collection of once-upon-a-time kind of stories not necessarily rooted in history.
The Bible is full of contradictions that undermine its own authority.
We no longer have the original copies of the manuscripts of the Bible; and therefore, all kinds of errors or stories may have gotten written into the copies we have.
Next week, we’ll deal with three more reservations people have about the Bible.
I Quit Being Intolerant (Romans 15:7, Matthew 18:9-14, John 8:1-11)
Intolerance – the unwillingness to respectfully tolerate differences of opinions, ideas, values, beliefs, cultures, or races.
What’s happening to us?
Story No. 1 – Matthew 18:9-14
Story No. 2 – John 8:1-11
1. Christians tend to forget that they too are _____________.
2. Christians tend to forget that the primary purpose Jesus came was to save the world, not set it ______________.
3. ______________ requires the work of the Holy Spirit.
I Quit My Unrealistic Expectations (Romans 8:28-30)
Stuff happens, but God walks with us through it all, and if I can learn to operate in that truth, I can have realistic expectations which will allow me to be less tied up on the inside and more free to walk with God in whatever I’m experiencing.
1. “in all things”
2. “…in all things God works…”
3. “…in all things God works for the good…”
4. “…in all things God works for the good of those who love him”
5. “…and we know in all things God works for the good of those who love him”