What We Believe: The Word of God
Topic: AM Service Passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Timothy 3:14–3:17
Do you know what Christians believe? Many in America today call themselves Christians without professing the great truths of the faith. From the earliest days of the Church, believers have declared what they believed the Bible taught – the earliest version of this profession is found in what is called the Apostles’ Creed. The word “creed” comes from a Latin verb that means “I believe.” While no one is certain that the words of the Apostles’ Creed were actually written by the twelve apostles, the Creed does contain the most basic and fundamental truths put forth by the apostles in their preaching and writings. The first of the basic truths we will study is the nature of the Bible. The Bible declares that it comes from God and that it is necessary for salvation and life. This makes the Bible unique and the source of truth for all the most important questions and issues of our day. “What We Believe: The Word of God” (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:14-17).
“God is the author of Scripture.” – 85% of evangelicals agree; 60% of all respondents
“Modern science discredits the claims of Christianity.” – 50% of evangelicals agree or are not sure
I. The Bible is the Word of God
A. It Comes From God
B. It Testifies that It is From God
II. The Bible is the Key to Salvation
A. Without the Bible We Cannot Know Salvation
B. The Bible is the Sure Place to Find Salvation
III. The Bible is Profitable for All of Life
A. The Bible Teaches Us
B. The Bible Directs Us
Questions for consideration: (1) What is the greatest challenge for you (or others) to believe that the Bible is truly God’s Word and not man’s? (2) If the Bible is the key to salvation, what does that tell us about how should treat the Bible? How we should use the Bible? (3) How can we act as if only parts of the Bible are inspired, rather than all? What can we do to change that way of thinking?