Yesterday was my first Sunday to preach at Cornerstone Bible Church as the senior pastor. I knew this day was coming for some time and I knew I wanted to preach on the authority of the Bible. I started a short four week series that I am calling RETRO: Looking Back So We Can Look Forward. The purpose of this short series is to remind ourselves that while some things that happen in church might seem out of date, they need to be the norm for our ministries.
The first part of this series was called "Looking Back At AUTHORITY So We Can Look Forward To HUMILITY." My main idea was that the Bible is God's communication that contains all the necessary information that we need for salvation, the christian life, and church life. The Bible is God's special revelation so that we can know who He is and what He expects of us in this life. The Bible is different than any other book that has ever been written. For when we read the Bible, we do not just open it up, it opens us up (Heb. 4:12). My main text was 2 Timothy 3:14-17:
14 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
I wanted this first Sunday to emphasis over and over again that as I begin ministry here, the authority that we must submit ourselves to must be the Word of God. It alone is inspired and profitable for our life. It alone has the ability to teach us about God, to reveal us our sin, to restore us to a right relationship to Him, and to help us obey. It is His Word to us and we need to submit to it. So, do we? Do we submit? Do you submit? I ended with these four ways in which we display our humility to the Word of God.
- We display humility when we read the Bible!
- We display humility when we seek the Bible!
- We display humility when we share the Bible!
- We display humility when we don't worship the Bible!
My prayer this week is that we all read, seek, and share the Bible this week, but all of that should drive us to worship the God of the Word.