Sunday, March 19, 2006

Sunday morning

Faith withers and dies when the Bible is regarded merely as a collection of men’s thoughts or as a subjective record of God’s actions, mused Charles Colson in an introduction to a book about the Bible.

Timothy 3:14-17 assumes that Timothy would have had a sound knowledge of the Old Testament

2 Peter tells us that the writers of the Bible were guided by the Holy Spirit. This is what we mean when we say they were “inspired”, not in the everyday sense of being inspired to write to Aunt Ethel – the truths they reveal were those communicated by God to Man.

While most people will admit that Jesus existed, there is no way to prove that he was the Son of God. That is where faith comes into play. All our preachers take it as given that the words in the Bible come from God – that it is the final authority for Christians and there is nothing that overrides or supersedes it.

You’ll find the world is full of people who know better than those old-fashioned opinions expressed in the Bible.

We shouldn’t fall into the trap of reading books about the Bible to the exclusion of reading it for ourselves – one of the catchcries of the Reformation translates as “Scripture alone!”

They also used “Scripture interprets Scripture” – difficult passages in the Bible should be interpreted in light of other biblical passages rather than the opinions of pundits and commentators.

In the book of Genesis, Satan begins by attacking our exact understanding of God’s words and all too often that is the attitude of the world: that the Bible needs to be interpreted by experts before we can understand it.

calvin’s preaching of the word of God in 16th century Geneva reversed the downward spiral of that city into spiritual and social decay. The less the church depends on the Bible, the more irrelevant it becomes, then as now.

Lord Your Word shall guide us
and with truth provide us:
teach us to receive it
and with joy believe it.

When our foes are near us,
then Your Word shall cheer us.
Word of consolation,
message of salvation.

When the storms distress us
and dark clouds oppress us,
then Your Word protects us
and its light directs us.

Who can tell the pleasure,
who recount the treasure
by Your Word imparted
to the simple-hearted?

Word of mercy, giving
courage to the living;
Word of life, supplying
comfort to the dying.

O that we discerning
its most holy learning,
Lord, may love and fear You,
evermore be near You

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