1 Timothy 3: 16-17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
The Point: The Bible is TRUSTWORTHY, ACCURATE, AND TRUE
What Makes The Bible Different?
It’s the most PERSISTENT book in the history of the world
Isiah 48: 8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
It’s the most POWERFUL book in the history of the world
2 Peter 1: 20-21 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
How Do I Know The Bible Can Be Trusted?
The SCIENCE TEST
Isaiah 40: 22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth
Job 26: 7 He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing.
The HISTORY TEST
Isaiah 46: 9-10 for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’
The PROPHESY TEST
Ezekiel 12: 25a For I am the Lord; I will speak the word that I will speak, and it will be performed.
The LITERARY TEST
|Author||# Of Copies||When
|Aristotle||49||384-322 BC||1100 AD||1,400 yrs|
|Herodotus||8||480-425 BC||900 AD||1,350 yrs|
|Plato||7||400 BC||900 AD||1,300 yrs.|
|Caesar||10||100-44 BC||900 AD||1,000 yrs.|
|Tacitus||20||100 AD||1100 AD||1,000 yrs.|
|Pliny Secundus||7||100 AD||850 AD||750 yrs|
|Homer’s Iliad||643||800 BC||400 BC||400 yrs|
|The New Testament||24,600||40-100 AD||125 AD||25 yrs.|
Proverbs 30: 5-6 Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.
The LIFE TEST
John 21: 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
Your Big Question:
What will be the AUTHORITY IN MY LIFE?
Colossians 3: 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly