What Every Christian Ought to Know about Understanding the Bible

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This sermon was presented on March 31, 2013 as a part of the Central Baptist Churches' series on Dr. Adrian Roger's book "What Every Christian Ought to Know". This is my interprtation of what Dr. Rogers thought and wrote.

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What Every Christian Ought to Know:

What Every Christian Ought to Know How To Understand the Bible

Christians are Defined by God’s Word:

Christians are Defined by God’s Word “These hath God married and no man shall part, dust on the Bible and drought in the Heart” If we do not know, understand, love, practice, and obey the Word of God then we can not be victorious Christians because the Word of God is our only instruction on having a victorious life.

The Only Way…:

The Only Way… The only way to know, understand, love, practice, and obey the Bible is to read it. There are no short cuts or magic potions. The only way to have God’s Word in your heart is to put it there one word at a time. Learn to Appreciate the Virtues of God’s Word Learn to Appreciate the Vitality of God’s Word Learn to Appreciate the Values of God’s Word

The Virtues of God’s Word:

The Virtues of God’s Word If you don’t see the virtue in the Bible you will not see the benefit of reading it. Virtue is, in this context, the goodness or rightness of the material presented. As we look at some of the virtues of the Bible, try to connect virtue with value to you and the world around you.

The Virtues of God’s Word:

The Virtues of God’s Word The Bible is Timeless: It is as relevant today as it was when it was written. “For ever, O Lord , thy word is settled in heaven.” psalms 119:89  As the Bible is the Holy Word of an unchanging God, so it too is constant. God does not send updates. “Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever” Psalms 119:152  Only God can speak of forever. If we want to understand eternity we must seek the only reliable authority. Empires rise and fall. Governments are overthrown. Times change. The Bible remains unshaken, undamaged, unscathed.

The Virtues of God’s Word:

The Virtues of God’s Word The Bible is true. Jesus declared it so as he was preparing the disciples for his departure. “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” John 17:17 The Bible is under constant attack for it’s truthfulness and yet no one has ever come up with a valid instance of falseness. This is a bold frontal attack and is easily defeated. However, the Bible is often attacked from the rear but people purporting to be Christians and yet trying to place their own experiences or feelings over the Word of God. In this respect, the Bible is a stone. It does not bend for experiences or feelings or emotions or perceived spiritual revelations. The Bible sets forth the God’s word and will as they apply to everyone. Finally, the Bible is under attack from the flanks by people who do not necessarily deny the truth of the Bible, they just want to modify that truth with psychology or philosophy or spiritualization. In other words, The Bible says one thing but what IT REALLY MEANS IS… “All scripture is given by inspiration of God” 2 Timothy 3:16  God meant exactly what He inspired the authors to write. When He intended a spiritual meaning to be implied, He explained what He meant, just as Jesus explained his parables to the disciples.

The Virtues of God’s Word:

The Virtues of God’s Word The Bible should be treasured. Because it is truthful beyond measure and timeless beyond eternity, the Bible should be treasured. Its virtue make it more valuable than silver and gold. “The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.” Psalms 119:72  Worldly treasure may provide for you on Earth but they are of no value in eternity. The Word of God can give you a rich fulfilling life on Earth AND an eternal home in Glory. Why should you treasure your Bible: Jesus Loves Me This I Know; For the Bible Tells Me So.

The Vitality of God’s Word:

The Vitality of God’s Word As God is alive, His word lives and is as eternal as He is eternal. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit” Hebrews 4:12  The word “quick” in this case, means alive. No only alive but powerful. The word of God can change lives, influence kings, and alter the course of the world. In order to have the power in your life you need to take it into your mind and body.

What can I Do?:

What can I Do? Pray over the Word of God. Ask and you shall be given, seek and you shall find. Pray for understanding and God will never say no. One prayer you can be assured will be answered yes every time is your prayer for wisdom and understanding in God’s Word. Pray and read diligently and your diligence will be rewarded. Your eyes will be opened.

What Can I Do?:

What Can I Do? Ponder the Word of God. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things . “ Philippians 4:8 All the truth, honesty, justice, purity, beauty, and worthwhile things that exist are found in the Bible. There is no more worthwhile thing to meditate on. You need to be orderly, in your study, however. Don’t just jump into a passage mid-verse and expect to understand it. This is a dangerous practice because violating the context of the scriptures leads to heresy every time. The Bible contains many different literary devices and techniques. You should study to recognize them for what they are. The Bible contains poetry, precept, proverbs, promises, and prophecy and each element must be read as it was intended. Communication can not exist without context.

A Useful Technique:

A Useful Technique Here is a guide to help in Bible study: Is there a promise to claim? Is there a lesson to learn? Is there a blessing to enjoy? Is there a command to obey? Is there a sin to avoid? Is there a new thought to carry with me? You should ask yourself these questions as you read a new verse and then you can see how the verse fits into the context of the whole. You will know what God meant when He spoke.

The Values of the Word of God:

The Values of the Word of God If we can appreciate the virtue of God’s Word and we can absorb the vitality of it’s power into our lives then we should see it’s effect on us. Therein lies the value. Reading the Bible CHANGES the reader. God’s word is a source of Victory in the Believer’s life. We are free of sin, free of the world, free of the penalty of death. We Win!! God’s word reveals the end to us. “Nay, in all these things we are more than conqueror s through him that loved us.” Romans 8:37. We are MORE than winners not only in the Heavenly Hereafter but in the Naughty Now as well.

The Value of God’s Word:

The Value of God’s Word A Source of Growth: Any parent knows that a child must eat in order to grow. If your only meal was at a restaurant once a week, (depending on the weather and how you felt, and if there was anything else to do) then you would quickly starve to death. “And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” Luke 4:4  The Christian will not survive long without eating. We need to take the word of God into us with the same diligence that we take earthly food.

A Source of Joy:

A Source of Joy The only true joy in a world of Woe is the promise of a better world to come. “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” John 15:11  God gave us his word specifically so that we would have hope and joy and feel positive about the future, even when our lives are bleak.

A Source of Power:

A Source of Power “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” Ephesians 6:17.  The word of God is a sword, capable of dividing even the soul and spirit. It is power to change lives in the hands of the believer. Quoting scripture will send even the most foul and determined minion of Satan back where he came from with his pointed tail tucked firmly. If you really want to annoy the devil sometime, try reading your Bible to him. He especially hates that part about the chain and the angel that binds him and then chucks him in a pit for all eternity.

A Source of Salvation:

A Source of Salvation The Gospel is the Good News of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection as a payment for our sins. Because he died, we don’t have to. Because he lives, we can also live forever with him. This is the word of God that is most important to the world. Without understanding this and without accepting it and the savior it describes, the Bible will continue to be a mystery. In order to truly understand God’s Word, you must first believe and be saved, only then can the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit instruct you in the wonderful plan and purpose God has for your life.

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