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We Say We Believe the Bible But….

We say that we believe the Bible is the Word of God and that God has given us His Word to teach us His ways, to reveal to us His salvation, and to help us see our desperate need for His grace in our lives.  We say that the worship of Jesus is the ultimate focus of the Bible.  And yet week after week people come to churches (whether traditional or house churches) and they sit and hear “series sermons” or topical messages that may or may not come from the Bible.  Instead of hearing verse by verse study of the Word of God, instead of the Bible teacher explaining what Scripture means and what it says, the hearer has to sit and listen to another three points to help us with our self-esteem or help us to be better at this or that.

What we need is to realize that if we do believe the Bible is the Word of God then let us hear from it.  We don’t need more information from a speaker, more jokes, more stories, more illustrations, more videos, more power points.  What we need is the Word.  The Word produces salvation (2 Timothy 3:15) and sanctification (John 17:17).  The Word equips us (Ephesians 6:17) for battle.  The Word cuts us deep and exposes us before a holy God (Hebrews 4:12-13).  The Word keeps us (James 1:21).

So why not give the people of God more Word of God?  Why do we need more series sermons that are not saturated with teaching about what Scripture means?  Why give us more videos of funny stories without taking us deep into the study of God’s Word to help us know God more and glorify Him in our lives?

We say that we believe the Bible but our actions show that we don’t.  Like the practical atheist of Psalm 14, we say with our lips that we believe the Bible is the Word of God but in reality we turn to our own minds to find answers more than to the Word of God.  The Word of God is what we need more of.

So I beg preachers to return to expository preaching.  Expository preaching focuses on the Word of God.  The entire focus is on verse by verse teaching of what the Bible says.  The focus of the teacher and the hearer is always on the Word of God.  If we believe in the inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible then we believe that 2 Timothy 3:16-17 is true of every part of Scripture from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22.  All the words of God in Scripture are vital (Matthew 5:17-18) and thus all of Scripture should be taught.  Verse by verse exposition of the Bible focuses on what God has said in the Word and what it means.  As we teach the Bible verse by verse, the application of Scripture is natural.  People either will receive the Word or reject it but they will do something in terms of application with the Word.  Our job is to be faithful to teach the Word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to take His Word and apply it to the saint’s life.

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

09/08/2013 at 1:46 PM

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