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Speaking Clearly - the Bible

By: Admin on March 11, 2014

“The Bible is unlike any other religious book. Despite forty authors writing from three continents over nearly two thousand years, it maintains a perfect consistency of message. Its words point unerringly to Christ, whose work on the cross was ordained by God—the true author of the Bible—before the world began.” (Ted Chafee)

The Bible was not set up as a scientific, historical defence of itself, God, the people or the events listed within its pages. We have much evidence of these, but the Bible writers assumed the divine origin and power of this book they had a part in. Those who have studied and taught the Bible treat it as such.

The Bible isn't a collection of esoteric, divinely-inspired philosophy beyond the average person, the Bible is useful and speaks clearly to our lives:

14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:14 - 17 (NIV)

In one sense, the Bible is like our guide to the road of life on which we travel.

It is USEFUL, meaning it is practical, everyday, real-life. The Bible isn't just religious teaching about a divine being, it is a book that illustrates life and speaks into our daily life.

It is useful for TEACHING. The Bible shows us God's way to life, love and salvation. It gives us principles and precepts to follow in every interaction and situation.

It is useful for REBUKING. When we leave the way God has shown us, the Bible announces that we have left it. It shows us where we went wrong.

It is useful for CORRECTING. The Bible is not a club for the purpose of beating us in our failures. The Bible shows us how to get back onto the road we have left. We receive help in reversing our actions and attitudes.

It is useful for TRAINING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS. It is one thing to be brought back to the correct road. It is another, even more important step, to be helped to stay on that road. The Bible teaches us how to handle weakness and temptation. It reveals to us how to become mature in the way we think and live.

Pick up your Bible and read it everyday. Take notes on the lessons you are learning. Join together with others who are studying the Bible, too, so you can grow and learn together.

Topics: bible, god, message series

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