Worship Service Livestream


MAY 19, 2024
  • Welcome and Announcements
  • Here For You
  • Prayer of Invocation
  • Firm Foundation
  • Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy
  • Scripture Reading and Prayer - 1 Peter 1:17-25
  • Standing On The Promises
  • Word of God Speak
  • Pastor's Message - Believable Bible
  • Jesus Loves Me



1 Peter 1:17-25
17 If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth;
18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,
19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
20 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you
21 who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
22 Since you have purified your souls in obedience to the truth for a sincere love of the brothers and sisters, fervently love one another from the heart,
23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable, but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.
24 For, "All flesh is like grass, And all its glory is like the flower of grass. The grass withers, And the flower falls off,
25 But the word of the Lord endures forever." And this is the word which was preached to you.



SERMON NOTES - Believable Bible

INTRODUCTION
  • As we continue our series on how to respond to the most common objections to the Christian faith, today we are going to consider an objection that is stated something like this: "The Bible can't be trusted. It is filled with contradictions and errors. Also, the Bible is just one of many holy books, so why should I accept the words of the Bible, and not the Quran, or some other book?"
  • Why should we trust the bible? Why should we accept it as God's uniquely inspired written word?

PROLIFIC COPIES
  • "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." - 2 Timothy 3:16
  • The doctrine of inspiration means that God used human beings to write the Scriptures but while they physically wrote down the text, God guided and ensured that they accurately conveyed His message and wrote exactly what He wanted.
  • The doctrine of inspiration affirms that the Bible is the authoritative, inerrant, and infallible word of God, and not just a human effort and achievement.
  • Original Autograph - a term that refers to the original handwritten documents of the various books in the Bible.
  • None of the original autographs exist.
  • Michael J. Kruger - "…it is historically unlikely that the autographs could have survived until the present day, especially if they were being regularly used. But it is also possible that God may have not wanted the autographs to survive. One can imagine how easily (and quickly) such documents would become objects of veneration, if not worship…"
  • The fact that we do not have any of the original manuscripts has become ammunition for those who attack the inerrancy of the Bible.
  • Michael J. Kruger explains the difference between original autographs and original texts - "…the original text is not a physical object. The autographs contain the original text, but the original text can exist without them. A text can be preserved in other ways. One such way is that the original text can be preserved in a multiplicity of manuscripts."
  • We don't have the original autographs, but we have copies, lots and lots of copies.
  • Kruger continues, "…even though a single surviving manuscript might not contain (all of) the original text, the original text could be accessible to us across a wide range of manuscripts. Preserving the original text across multiple manuscripts, however, could only happen if there were enough of these manuscripts to give us assurance that the original text was preserved (somewhere) in them. Providentially, when it comes to the quantity of manuscripts, the New Testament is in a class all its own. Although the exact count is always changing, currently we possess more than 5,500 manuscripts of the New Testament in Greek alone. No other document of antiquity even comes close."
  • When there are differences between manuscripts, there are three key factors to consider regardless of the number of variants: How many copies exist, how old are the manuscripts, and what is the exact nature of the differences.
  • Daniel Wallace - "A textual variant is simply any difference from a standard text (e.g., a printed text, a particular manuscript, etc.) that involves spelling, word order, omission, addition, substitution, or a total rewrite of the text."
  • The kind of differences that exist can be divided into two categories: significant and insignificant ones. An insignificant variant has absolutely no bearing on the ability to reconstruct the original text. The meaning remains the same, regardless of which reading is the original.
  • There are other variations in manuscripts as well but the bottom line is less than one percent of all variations have any bearing on our ability to reconstruct the original. And where viable differences do remain, the vast majority are theologically insignificant. In other words, of all of the differences in manuscripts, no major doctrine is affected.

PROPHETIC FULFILLMENT
  • The Bible is full of extensive prophecies dealing with individual nations and cities and with the course of history in general - all of which have been literally fulfilled.
  • More than 300 prophecies were fulfilled by Christ's first coming.

PRECISE UNITY
  • Despite the different authors, different continents, different languages and different time periods, the Bible has a strong internal unity.
  • The purpose of the Bible is the glory of God and the salvation of humanity through Jesus Christ, a purpose line which runs all the way through the Bible - from Genesis to Revelation.

PROVEN HISTORY
  • Not only is there internal evidence but there is external evidence in history. The Bible is not specifically a history book, but when it does make statements that involve history, they are 100% accurate. One of the great supports for the historical accuracy of the Bible is archaeology.
  • Archeologist Dr. Nelson Glueck, probably the greatest modern authority on Israeli archeology, commented, "No archeological discovery has ever controverted a biblical reference. Scores of archeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or in exact detail historical statements in the Bible."
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls consist of over 800 fragmentary documents, mainly Hebrew writings on leather (with a few on parchment), including fragments of 190 biblical scrolls were discovered. Most of these fragments were small, containing no more than one-tenth of a book. However, a complete Isaiah scroll was found which was approximately 1000 years older than the oldest Hebrew manuscripts known before the scrolls' discovery.

PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION
  • "For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart." - Hebrews 4:12
  • It is alive because it is a Holy Spirit empowered book who opens and unlocks our hearts to understand and apply the truth of God's word.
  • "But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith." - 1 Timothy 1:5