I know this is a day late but yesterday after church I hit the ground running preparing for house guests and another church event, I apologize.
January 11, 2015
Topic: Cornerstone: The Authority of Scripture
As I write this please bear in mind that the thoughts are mine,
but some of the phrases and the general idea are originally from my Pastor,
these are just my thoughts and opinions of today’s sermon.
Today at church I was well fed prior to so I wasn’t clouded by hunger, I was also in good company as my good friends are back in town. Today was good! Not only were friends present, the weather nice, and my belly full the message this morning was great! It was something that I hadn’t actually thought about before. The series Cornerstone is all about the basic beliefs of Christians and today was the nonnegotiable fact that the Bible is the true word of God. The pastor took us to Hebrews chapter 4 verses 12-13 where the beginning of chapter 12 states, “For the word of God is alive and active.” I hadn’t really thought about it, but the word really is alive. The Bible is fluid and is applicable to most situations in life differently for each person. How amazing is that? One thing though that I have always been twisted about he actually mentioned today, how is the Bible the word of God when it was written by people just like me, people that sin, people that are human? Why am I to follow their words when they are no better than me? Pastor today hit that one right on the head with one very powerful phrase “Look past the messenger, and take home the message”, humans wrote the book, the words came from God. Humans were prompted to write the words that we now know as the books of the Bible, therefore the Bible is truly the word of God and the authority brought forth from the words within does not come from the authors, but from the God himself.
The Bible is not just a book with words, it is a guide, it is a series of instructions, teachings, parables, and examples of how to live a “Holy Life” as he put it today. The following verse was presented,
“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 3:16-17)
We learned that “God-breathed” translates to “God-inspired”, solidifying that the scriptures are truly the word of God.
“In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.”
The pastor today also mentioned the story of Jesus being tempted by Satan and how he continued to combat Satan by making it proclaiming that “It is written!” I learned today that in the Greek language that meant that the Word was final, it was complete, without argument, and without change. The word truly is the word of our Father in Heaven. The pastor stated that “to read the Bible is to truly know God”, and today that rang true and will help me to understand why I need to read daily and learn and study, so that is what I will do; I will get back on track with reading everyday.
In Hebrews chapter 4 verses 12-13 it reads that the word judges the thoughts (negative thoughts) and attitudes (intentions) of us; but have you ever thought about what we are being judged against? The pastor expressed this thought that the standard by which we are judged is the Word of God, the Bible and its teachings.
He also pleaded with us to strive to live a “Holy life”, a life in which we strive to please God with all that we do. We live in a life of sin, pastor said today that we chose that life and “we walked into it, therefore we can walk out of it”. That struck me very hard as right now I am making serious life changes and I am finding that it is really easy to just walk out of that life when I have Jesus on my side. 2 Corinthians chapter 6 verse 17 says “come out from among them and be separate”, we need to do just that now more than ever in this society, don’t be afraid to be different and stand out against the crowd.
Today’s sermon was brought to a couple closing questions and they are as follows, please attempt to apply these to your life,
- Are you living the life that God wants?
- I am not, but I am seriously trying to do better.
- Are you able to look past the messenger and really understand and take in the message that God has given us?
- Now that I understand that concept, I will do much better in that regard.
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