Pastor Mark continues his series on doctrine, Why we believe what we believe.
He asks, What place does the Bible take in your life? How do you respond to Bible truth?
The scripture reading is I Timothy 4:12-16. "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee."
1. The PENNING of the Word. God wrote the Bible. II Timothy 3:16-17. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."
(II Peter 1:20-21, Revelation 13:14)
2.The PROCLAMATION of the Word. We are to be people of the Book. If we don't follow, there will be chaos in our lives. (Isaiah 55, Proverbs 22:17-22)
3. The PRACTICE of the Word. "The walk makes the talk walk." Our lives must match the proclamation. Acts 17:2: Paul's lifestyle matched his testimony.
4. The PROMISES of the Word. The Bible is the TRUTH, God's only Word. It is timeless. It is triumphant.
5. The POWER of the Word. It has power (a) to convict; (b) to convert; (c) to cleanse; (d) to counsel; (e) to comfort.
---------------Be an unabashed and unashamed biblicist. Do not sit under the ministry of anyone who denies God's Word.---------------