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The Power Of Scripture In The Preacher Personally

by Dr. Roger Pascoe

President, The Institute for Biblical Preaching, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

The Scriptures must be operative and powerful first and foremost in the preacher personally. A preacher who is called by God, is one who declares “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) and who believes that …

1. The Bible is divinely inspired (lit. “God-breathed”)

2. The Bible is divinely preserved through the centuries

3. The Bible is divinely authoritative in all matters of faith and practice

4. The Bible achieves its divinely intended purpose (Isa. 55:11)

5. The Bible reliably reveals God’s redemptive plan (cf. 2 Tim. 3:16-17)

Therefore, the preacher must be devoted to, dependent on, and directed by the Scriptures.


He must, like Timothy, continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them (2 Tim. 3:14).Devotion to the Scriptures through continuance in them and obedience to them requires discipline.


To be dependent on the Scriptures you must know them intimately. To know them intimately you must read them. First, you must read the Scriptures privately. This is a most neglected area in so many preachers’ lives. They read a lot of other material but not the Scriptures. This is the work of Satan to weaken our preaching. Make sure you take time every day to read and meditate on the Scriptures in order to nourish your soul in the Word; to become saturated in the Word. This is not your study time but your devotional time (cf. Ps. 42:2; 1:2).

Daily reading of the Scriptures was one of the ingredients that gave George Mueller such a powerful life. He knew the truth that “man shall not live by bread alone…” (Matt. 4:4). We must be dependent on the Scriptures, just as we are on bread to live.

Be systematic and sequential in your reading. Plan your reading. Think through what you read. Ask, is there…

(a) A promise to claim?

(b) A lesson to learn?

(c) A blessing to enjoy?

(d) A command to obey?

(e) A sin to avoid?

Let the words abide in you (Jn. 15:7). Pray your thoughts from your reading back to God. Let the words produce fruit in you. Share what you have learned at the appropriate time with others. Be obedient to the word you have read.

Second, you must read the Scriptures publicly. Give attention to reading (1 Tim. 4:13). When Paul instructs Timothy to read the word, he also has in mind the public reading in the assembly. In those days it fulfilled the need for reading to those who did not have the Scriptures or could not read them. Today, it fulfills the need to give the proper prominence to the Scriptures in worship.


“But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing of whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:14-17)

Every Christian, and preachers in particular, must be directed by the Scriptures as the Word of God. It is impossible to preach powerfully if you do not hold a high view of biblical inspiration. Believing in the inerrancy of Scripture is part of biblical preaching. By sticking with the inspired text, both the preacher and the congregation will adhere to the truth of the Bible. The inspired Scriptures are our ultimate standard for faith and practice. Thus, they carry authority and power. More than that, the Scriptures are fully sufficient and absolutely trustworthy for all that we need in life and ministry.

Every preacher must be directed by the Scriptures. They are our source for what we believe, how we behave, and what we preach. We need nothing else. Indeed, the all-sufficiency of the Scriptures is the basis for our preaching.

a) The Scriptures are sufficient for salvation. The Scriptures are able to make you wise unto salvation (15)

The Bible teaches us our sinful condition before God and reveals the remedy through Christ. No other book can do this.

b) The Scriptures are sufficient for revelation. All Scripture is God-breathed (16)

God-breathed means “inspired by God”. Inspiration is the term used to describe the process by which God, through human agents, recorded in written form (i.e. the Bible) his revelation of himself. God communicated his self-revelation to human authors by the Holy Spirit in such a way that the words they wrote were God’s words (verbal inspiration). There is no part of the Bible which is not inspired (plenary inspiration).

The preacher must be committed to the verbal (the very words) and plenary (the complete) inspiration of the Scriptures by God (cf. 2 Pet. 1:21), which means, therefore, that they are inerrant (without error) and infallible (incapable of error) and that through them God still speaks today – i.e. they are still relevant.

Therefore we believe that …

i) The Bible is “God-breathed” (inspired)

ii) The Bible is without error or contradiction (inerrant)

iii) The Bible is incapable of error (infallible)

iv) The Bible is true in all that is affirms

iv) The Bible is completely trustworthy

The fact of its inspiration is what gives the Bible its authority and guarantees its trustworthiness. This is not a human book written by fallible authors, but a divine book written by an infallible God. This fact for us, as believers, renders the Bible fully trustworthy and authoritative. Because the Scriptures are “God-breathed” they are profitable – useful, beneficial, helpful, and authoritative.

In order to preach with power, a preacher must hold a high view of Scripture. A high view of Scripture means that we believe that the Bible is the written Word of God, that it is God’s self-revelation, that it is complete, that it is fully trustworthy, and that it is our ultimate standard for faith and practice.

As John Stott puts it: It is one thing to believe that God has acted, revealing himself in historical deeds of salvation, and supremely in the Word made flesh. It is another to believe that God has spoken, inspiring prophets and apostles to interpret his deeds. It is yet a third stage to believe that the divine speech, recording and explaining the divine activity, has been committed to writing. (John R. W. Stott, Between Two Worlds, 96).

The Bible reveals God to us. No other book does this like this book. It is unique. This is a high view of Scripture.

A high view of the inspiration of Scripture is vital for preaching the Bible powerfully because it is the sole authority for what we preach; it is the voice / the word of God to us. To have a low view of inspiration is to render God’s Word less than fully trustworthy or authoritative.

The preacher cannot preach with authority and spiritual power if he is not fully convinced that the Word of God is authoritative, without contradiction or error, and is totally reliable and trustworthy. How can a preacher preach with power if the very book that he preaches from is stripped of its authority? A preacher who does not believe that the Bible is inerrant, infallible, and totally inspired by the Holy Spirit cannot fully trust the Bible himself and, therefore, cannot proclaim it to others as fully authoritative and trustworthy. Such preaching, therefore, cannot be powerful.

If a preacher thinks that the Word of God is not reliable, then he must also think that God himself is not reliable. And if God is not reliable, then any sermons about God, based on his Word, cannot be trusted. If a sermon cannot be trusted, it cannot have power.

Any preaching that does not reflect the authority and power of the Bible is itself not authoritative and powerful. Power in the proclamation of the Bible cannot be separated from the authority of the Bible itself. The preacher is merely the mouthpiece for the text, which speaks powerfully for itself.

As Jesus taught in the parable of the sower (Matt. 13), the Word of God itself, as the good seed, bears much fruit. When the Word of God enters the human heart, it produces life because it is living (see Heb. 4:12). The Bible is alive because it is inspired by God (2 Tim. 3:16), and because it is alive, it generates its own power. Therefore, when it is faithfully declared, it carries power with it and accomplishes God’s task (Isa. 55:11).

A high view of the inspiration of Scripture is vital for studying the Bible carefully. If we believe that the Bible is indeed the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God, then we should diligently study it in order to understand what it means in its historical context and in order to apply it practically to our lives and the lives of our congregations.

Such a high view of Scripture forces the preacher to carefully research and understand the text. Preachers must exposit the text of Scripture by searching it out, just like the Bereans (Acts 17:11), so that they can accurately convey its meaning and application to their audience.

A high view of the inspiration of Scripture puts an emphasis on the accurate handling of the text rather than an entertaining handling of the text. The primary obligation of the preacher in preparing a sermon outline is to first make sure that it is true and accurate. If we have a high view of inspiration we will obey the biblical injunction to preach the Word (2 Tim. 4:2) and nothing else. Homiletical skill should never camouflage hermeneutical accuracy and faithfulness.

c) The Scriptures are sufficient for doctrineteaching and reproof

Note that the first two characteristics of Scripture (teaching and reproof) deal with doctrine; the second two (correction and training) deal with behaviour. Also, note that teaching is a positive statement while reproof is a negative statement.

On the positive side, the Scriptures are profitable for teaching (16).Scripture is the trustworthy, all-sufficient source for what we believe, teach, and practice. Scripture alone is the basis for pastoral preaching, teaching, counselling – not myths or legends, not psychology, not philosophy, not experience, and not culture or society. It contains all that we need for life and godliness. It is our standard for faith and practice.

On the negative side, the Scriptures are profitable…for reproof (16). To reprove means to refute, rebuke, convict. The Scriptures are fully sufficient and our only reliable resource for refuting and rebuking false teachers and false teaching. Scripture convicts those who hold false doctrine. It exposes the darkness of false teaching by its light. Scripture is the standard and pattern of truth (1:13) which we are to guard (1:14) and to use to convict those who are in error. This is the only authoritative reproof of doctrinal and moral error (cf. Tit. 1:9; Jude 3; Eph. 5:11; 1 Tim. 5:20). We refute doctrinal and moral error by the Scriptures. Truth does not change with the changing times. Preachers must stand firm on the revealed truth and reprove and refute error.

Where “teaching” (positive) and “reproof” (negative) have to do with doctrine, the following characteristics of the Scriptures have to do with behaviour.

d) The Scriptures are sufficient for behaviourcorrection and training

Again there is a negative statement and a positive statement. On the negative side, the Scriptures are profitable… for correction (16). The purpose of correction is restoration to a right relationship with God. The Scriptures are able to correct and restore someone to a right state of Christian conduct and character. The Scriptures are powerful to change a person’s character flaws, beliefs, and behaviour, to straighten them out, to correct improper and false beliefs and behaviour. Those who stray from the truth must be rebuked, corrected, and then restored. While the process of correction is negative, the end result in view, namely, restoration, is positive.

On the positive side, the Scriptures are profitable…for training (instruction) in righteousness. The Scriptures are necessary and sufficient for training / instructing Christians in virtuous, upright, righteous living. The negative process of correction is offset by the positive process of training in righteousness, which has in view the person’s restoration to a right relationship with God and other people. All Christians, and here preachers specifically, must be trained to live righteously before God and the world (cf. Tit. 2:11-12). This is the training that is attained by discipline and correction (as in training up a child). The Scriptures contain the truth that we believe and the direction for our behaviour in compliance with our belief. This is the life of holiness that comes from being directed by the Scriptures.

Now we move from the sufficiency of the Scriptures for doctrine and behaviour to their purpose.

e) The Scriptures are sufficient for edification…so that the man of God may be proficient (fit, capable), fully equipped for every good work (17)

The ultimate purpose of the Scriptures is to render the servant of God spiritually fit and capable of completing the work God has called you to do. The Scriptures provide the training we need for ministry. Just as an athlete requires training to build up his or her muscles, endurance, and capability for a specific sport, so the servant of God is trained for and rendered fit for his or her ministry. The Scriptures are the sole and fully sufficient source of the knowledge and direction we need for ministry.

Through the Scriptures the “man (or, woman) of God” is rendered proficient (capable) for every good work. Our ability in ministry is not a matter of natural talent or intellect, but the calling of God and the sufficiency of his Word. To be capable of carrying out your work for God you need to be proficient in your knowledge and use of Scripture, to think biblically and to apply the Scriptures to life – your own life first, and then the lives of your people. The Scriptures build us up in spiritual maturity(training in righteousness) … and for spiritual activity (for every good work).

They are our primary resource in ministry – not your education, not your eloquence, not your relationships – but your familiarity with the Scriptures, your understanding of the Scriptures, and your application of the Scriptures to life.

Through the Scripture the man or woman of God is fully equipped for every good work – nothing else you need. The Scriptures comprise our complete reference manual for our spiritual work. They are fully sufficient to equip every pastor, church leader, and teacher for every good work,which, from a pastoral perspective, is in essence (i) teaching; (ii) reproof; (iii) correction; and (iv) training in righteousness.

The Scriptures are the complete resource for our ministry of the Word – for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness… to convince, rebuke, exhort (2 Tim. 3:16 … 4:2). The Scriptures build us up in our faith and equip us for the work of the ministry. By them we are proficient (competent), fully equipped, furnished for every good work.Through the sufficiency of the Scriptures, preachers are enabled to do our work of the ministry. We are equipped by the Word for our ministry of equipping others (Eph. 4:12). God does not leave us to our own resources when he calls us into his service. We have the inspired Scriptures which not only make us wise to salvation but also contain all that we need for life and godliness. They thoroughly equip us for every good work (cf. Eph. 2:10).

Part II: Preparing For Preaching

Outlining the Sermon, Part 3: Testing Your Main Points

We are continuing the subject of “outlining the sermon” from the last two editions of this NET Pastors Journal. In this edition, I want to show you how to test the main points of your sermon outline. Your sermon outline should be structured to reveal two essential components:

1. The Main Points Must Be “Homiletically Distinct”

By this I mean that the points of your sermon must be separate thoughts which flow from the text. The language used in your points should follow the natural structure (i.e. development of ideas) in the text. To produce a sermon whose points are homiletically distinct, ask three primary questions of every passage:


By finding the subject of the Scripture passage, you expose the unifying thought or truth that holds the passage together. And by relating all your sermon points to this subject, your sermon will have unity. So, ask yourself: what is the dominating theme (the big idea, the thesis, the subject) of this passage?

Our task is to preach the message of the text not our own message. Therefore, we do not create the subject of the sermon – rather, the text does. Once we have determined the author’s subject, our task is to construct a message around that subject.

Since you can only preach one subject at a time (unless you want to thoroughly confuse your audience), where a passage of Scripture seems to have more than one subject, select the “dominating” subject that emerges from the text as the one that governs your message. It’s good to state the subject of your message in your introduction.


Main points are the integrating thoughts that provide structure and movement to the passage and, therefore, to your sermon. Ask yourself, What are the integrating thoughts of this passage?

The subject is exposed and developed by the author through integrating thoughts which emerge from the passage and which link together to provide the structure and movement of the sermon.

So ask yourself: “What is the structure of the passage? What thoughts build up and expose the overall theme? What does the writer say about his subject? What are the various “complements” to the subject (to use Haddon Robinson’s terminology)? What is the movement (flow of thought) in the passage? How does the writer integrate his thoughts together to develop his subject? What are the individual ideas and how do they connect together to form an argument, an explanation, or an exhortation?” These questions force you to look for the structure and movement in the passage.

Each thought is an expansion of the subject. The thoughts of the writer become the hooks on which you hang your sermon, the sign posts which direct the sermon, the infrastructure around which you build your sermon, the main points which divide the sermon into points (or, chapters).

Do not force the points by imposing your own structure on the passage. Do not force the text to say what you want to say. You must say what the Word of God says – that’s expository preaching!

The main points of your sermon must be “homiletically distinct – i.e. clear and distinct from one another so that the audience can follow the development of your sermon. You can test your points by asking the following questions

  • Is each point biblical?

Am I letting the Word of God speak for itself (exegesis) or am I imposing my thoughts on the Word (eisegesis)? Is it true to the context? – historical, literary, grammatical, theological, syntactical (even sub-points must come out of the text and integrate with and support the main point). Can your audience see it for themselves in the text?

  • Is each point logical?

Are your points sequential? Do they flow with the text? Is each point progressive in that it moves the ideas of the message forward? Does the progression make sense? Does each point help the sermon move toward a goal? Do they follow the flow of the text? Can the audience see intuitively how you moved from point #1 to point #2 to point #3? And can they see how the text moves from point #1 to #2 to #3? Does each point relate to the subject? Is each point mutually exclusive – i.e. no overlap with other points?

  • Is each point practical, applicable?

Does it answer the question: “So what? What does it have to do with me?” Does it transition from the “then” of the biblical world to the “now” of your congregation? Exposition must be pre-eminently practical. Therefore, it must be applied practically and illustrated relevantly. Exposition must never be divorced from application and illustration (Stephen Olford, Anointed Expository Preaching, 76).

I suggest that you never leave application to the end of the sermon but relate each point as you make it to the lives of the listeners. Otherwise, they will not get the connection between what you have explained and how you have applied it.

  • Is each point critical?

Is each point needed? There must be a purpose, a reason, for each point. Don’t put in points or sub-points that have no purpose and which do not add to the flow of thought and development of the argument.

Don’t be overly zealous in trying to break down your main points into sub-points, sub-sub-points etc. This confuses your listeners and achieves nothing. If you do have sub-points because they are in the text, you do not have to express them as such to your audience – simply make them part of your explanation.

To ensure that each point is necessary and purposeful, you will need to review your structure critically.

  • Is each point memorable?

This is not a requirement of expository preaching; it’s just a good principle for any public speaking. If you want your audience to go away and be able to remember at least the basic points of what you said, it must be memorable. So, word your main points for “hearers” not “readers” (i.e. the ear not the eye).

You can make your points memorable in several ways:

(i) By using various structural techniques in your main points – e.g.

*”Balanced” statements – i.e. a repeated phrase in each point

*Parallel statements – i.e. similarity of grammar and wording

*Alliteration. Alliteration can be very effective by being memorable, or it can be very ineffective by being annoying, forced, unnatural.

(ii) By repetition

Your sermon outline should be sufficiently well done that your audience can see it – recognize the road map; see the progression, movement, main ideas – but not so that it is dominant. We are not preaching to send them home with an outline but with a message from God’s word that is relevant to their lives.


The motivating thrust provides direction and purpose to your sermon. The motivating thrust is the universal truth that the text is teaching and to which the preacher will exhort his listeners to respond.

Determining the motivating thrust gives significance and purpose to the sermon. Some questions to ask yourself here are:

  • Why did the writer write this? What is the sermon intended to do?
  • What does the truth demand? What do you want them to do?
  • What is its purpose, significance?
  • What application are you going to make?
  • What is the “bottom line”?
  • What is the motivating thrust behind this message? Why deliver it at all?

This whole process of structuring your sermon outline all starts with the subject. The subject provides unity to the sermon because from the subject flow the “integrating thoughts” (main points) and the “motivating thrust” (purpose) of the sermon. Therefore, the “formula” is: Unity (from the subject) + movement (the main points) = purpose.

2. The Points Must Be “Harmoniously Related”

While the points must be homiletically distinct (i.e. make their own distinct point and not repeat any of the other points), at the same time they must be “harmoniously related.” By “harmoniously related” we mean that there must be “continuity of thought”. Continuity of thought is what we must aim for in every outline. Just as the writer has continuity of thought in what he wrote, so your sermon outline, based on what he wrote, must have the same continuity of thought. In other words, the text drives the structure. That’s expository preaching!

(a) Harmoniously related thoughts give the sermon unity – i.e. hold it together. And unity flows from the one common denominator of every sermon – the subject. When each point is related to the subject, then the whole structure is “harmoniously related.”

(b) Harmoniously related points give the sermon progression i.e. it’s going somewhere. Progression is derived from the flow and continuity of thought by which each point relates to the point that went before (but doesn’t duplicate it), the point that comes after (but doesn’t duplicate it), and all points relate to the subject and, therefore, are harmoniously related.

Therefore, every point must:

a) Relate to the subject of the passage and sermon. This gives unity and harmony.

b) Relate to the points around it (i.e. the previous and subsequent points). This gives progression. Without this structure and sequential treatment of the text, there will be confusion in the pulpit as well as in the pew(Stephen Olford, Anointed Expository Preaching, 76).

A harmoniously related sermon is like a harmoniously related body. The head is joined to the neck; the neck to the torso; the torso to the arms and legs etc. Thus, the body has symmetry (balance; proportion) and continuity (every part works in harmony with the others). This is how good sermons work.

Part III. Devotional Exposition

“The Communication of the Gospel” (1 Cor. 2:1-5)

By: Dr. Stephen F. Olford

Having proved that the gospel, while not commending itself to human wisdom, is notwithstanding the instrument of God’s power as well as the manifestation of His wisdom, the Apostle now goes on to speak about The Communication of the Message. As a preacher, he knew of the inherent dangers in the methods and motives of public speaking. Indeed, the church at Corinth was divided on this very issue. There were some who preferred Paul’s approach to the style of Apollos; while others were better satisfied with the rugged delivery of Peter, the one-time fisherman.

With this in mind, the Apostle sets out to correct misconceptions concerning the communication of the gospel in two delineations:

I. The Supreme Passion Of A Preacher

And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified (1 Cor. 2:1-2). Drawing heavily upon his own experience, Paul shares with us the twofold secret of the consuming passion of a preacher. The first is:

1) Dedication to the Master: …I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ… (1 Cor. 2:2). Paul uses a word here to describe his dedicated resolve. He says, I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ…. This is the true secret of preaching. This man was so Christ-centered and Christ-controlled that nothing else in the world mattered, except Jesus Christ.

Paul could say, For me to live is Christ… (Phil. 1:21). …I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord…that I may know Him… (Phil. 3:8, 10). …this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:13-14). How true it is that …out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matt. 12:34). When a person is full of Christ, he cannot but speak of His Savior and Lord. So there was dedication to the Master. Then also there was:

2) Concentration on the Message: For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified (1 Cor. 2:2). Instead of conforming to the philosophical approach and oratorical excellence which were so characteristic of public speakers in Corinth, Paul deliberately determined to present Christ in all the simplicity of the essential facts of His death and resurrection. His supreme passion was Christ and Him crucified – “not in His glory but in His humiliation, that the foolishness of the preaching might be doubly foolish, and the weakness doubly weak. The incarnation was in itself a stumbling block; the crucifixion was much more than this” (Bishop Lightfoot).

Some students of the Bible maintain that Paul’s emphasis in Corinth on the cross was because of a sense of failure in the alleged philosophical approach he adopted at Athens. But a study of Acts 17 makes it evident that his preaching there was not basically philosophical. His sermon began with a biblical revelation of creation and ended on the note of the resurrection (Acts 17:24, 31). In other words, even in Athens his central message was that of Christ and Him crucified. Paul knew only too well that only the message of the cross could meet the need of a pagan world. It might seem foolishness to the philosophers and a stumbling block to the religionists, but to those who were being saved it was both the wisdom and the power of God.

Martin Luther’s preaching aroused the church from a thousand year slumber known as the devil’s millennium. It is easy to understand why when we discover how Luther preached. He said, “I preach as though Christ was crucified yesterday, rose again from the dead today, and is coming back to earth tomorrow.” With the supreme passion of the preacher in mind, we now turn to what Paul describes as:

II. The Spiritual Power Of A Preacher

And I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power (1 Cor. 2:3-4). The Apostle knew that the content of his message was so unacceptable to the carnal mind that he had no confidence in his ability to communicate it. In fact, he says that he came to Corinth …in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling (v. 3). J. B. Phillips puts it even more dramatically by quoting Paul as saying: “I was feeling far from strong, I was nervous and rather shaky.”

At the same time, it might be added that his fear was more of God rather than of man. It was a fear in the light of the task committed to him, or what Kay calls “anxious desire to fulfill his duty.” So he says, …my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of mans wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power (v. 4). This means that Paul did not depend on what was known as “the Corinthians words” of excellent speech and poetic persuasion; his confidence, rather, was in:

1) The Power of Divine Revelation: And I was with you in…demonstration of the Spirit… (1 Cor. 2:3-4). The word translated “demonstration” signifies “the most rigorous proof.” As Dr. Leon Morris says, “It is possible for argument to be logically irrefutable, yet totally unconvincing.” Paul’s preaching, however, carried conviction because of the power of the Spirit. This is the essential difference between human reasoning and divine revelation.

If preachers of the gospel trusted in their own speaking powers to convince men and women of sin and righteousness and judgment, they would miserably fail. Only the Holy Spirit can do this (see John 16:8-11). In addition to this, it is clear from this passage that Paul also put his confidence in:

2) The Power of Divine Application: And I was with you…indemonstration of the Spirit and of power (1 Cor. 2:3-4). The phrase “of power” carries us back to what Paul has been saying concerning the dynamic of God (1 Corinthians 1:18). There is something inherent in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ which has a dynamic relevance, and therefore an application to everyday life. Preach the gospel to any creature in any country in any age and you will find it just as authoritative and applicable as in the days of the Apostle. This is why Paul exclaims: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek (Romans 1:16).

William Barclay tells of a man who had been a reprobate and a drunkard, but who had been absolutely captured and changed by the Lord Jesus Christ. His work mates knew about this and used to try and shake his faith. They would say, “Surely a sensible man like you cannot believe in the miracles that the Bible talks about. You cannot, for instance, believe that this Jesus of yours turned water into wine.” “Whether He turns water into wine or not,” replied the man, “I do not know. But in my own house I have seen Him turn beer into furniture!” This is the power of divine application.

When a preacher believes that the message he declares can work a miracle, he has learned the secret of spiritual power. However much he may tremble, he can be sure that God will vindicate and demonstrate the power of the cross in transformed lives. To conclude, Paul moves on to:

III. The Single Purpose Of A Preacher

…That your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God (1 Cor. 2:5). This was Paul’s single purpose because it was the divine purpose. No preaching of the gospel fulfills what God has designed unless men rest their faith in the power of God. As we have observed already, the power of a preacher is nothing less than the word of the gospel, even our Lord Jesus Christ, crucified and risen again. The problem in Corinth was that the members of the church were seeking to pin their faith on Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas. Therefore, the Apostle was determined to correct such a divisive misplacement of their confidence. For the purpose of the gospel, he realized men and women must be led to exercise:

1) A Sound Faith: …That your faith should not be in the wisdom of men…(1 Cor. 2:5). Paul has convinced us in the preceding verses of the earthly, sensual, and devilish nature of the wisdom of men. For faith to be sound, it must be reposed in the Savior Himself, without dependence upon human wisdom. Paul amplifies his point when he writes later concerning the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus: …if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; you are yet in your sins (1 Cor. 15:17). If Christ were not alive from the dead, then sin was not put away, the gospel is not true, the Corinthians had believed a lie, the Apostles were false witnesses, and the loved ones who had fallen asleep had gone forever. So to be fundamentally sound in the faith, a person must believe in the Son of God who literally and physically rose from the dead. All other tenets of evangelical faith are both included and implied in this one central and focal fact of the resurrection of Christ.

Is your faith sound? Does the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead mean more to you than anything else in the world?

2) A Saving Faith: …That your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God (1 Cor. 2:5). Paul has interpreted to us the meaning of the power of God in a previous verse. You remember how he said …the preaching of the cross is to them that perish, foolishness; but to us which are saved, it is the power of God (1 Cor. 1:18). A saving faith to Paul was a faith which had and was effecting a mighty transformation in the believing soul. It meant knowing the Lord Jesus as Savior in every sense of the word. Is Christ a living, indwelling, and transforming Savior in your experience? But this faith as interpreted by Paul was also:

3) A Steadfast Faith: …That your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God (1 Cor. 2:5). It has well been said that what depends upon a clever argument is ever at the mercy of a clever argument. This is not so with faith when it is reposed in the unchanging Son of God. This is why Paul employs the term stand (KJV – should not stand) which conveys the idea of steadfastness. Two times in this letter he exhorts the believers to be “steadfast in the faith.” The first mention follows the glorious treatment of the unalterable facts of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ in chapter 15. Having declared the Savior as the triumphant one, he says: …be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the lord (1 Cor. 15:58). The second reference coincides with the conclusion of the epistle where the Apostle exhorts: Watch, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong (1 Corinthians 16:13).

Conclusion: So we have seen what Paul means by the communication of the gospel. He has made it abundantly plain that this unique revelation from heaven is something that cannot be communicated or understood apart from a God-given passion, power, and purpose. Whoever claims to be a preacher must be able to testify to the fact that he has only one determination, and that is to know Christ and Him crucified. A preacher must have only one dynamic, and that is the demonstration of the Spirit and of power. A preacher of the gospel must have only one design, and that is that his hearers should not stand in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. Like Paul, the preacher must recognize that the church of Jesus Christ can never survive the storms of life unless she is built upon the rock of divine revelation rather than on the sands of human philosophy. Let us then go into all the world with the preacher’s passion, power, and purpose – until every creature hears the message of Christ and Him crucified. Such a commission will leave no time for division in our churches and God will add to our membership daily such as should be saved!

Part IV. Sermon Outlines

To listen to the audio version of these sermons in English, click on these links: Link 1 – John 11:25; Link 2 – John 11:26-27

Title: Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life (Jn. 11:25-27)

Point #1: Jesus claims the power that is given to him (25a)

1. Jesus claims the power of resurrection

2. Jesus claims the power of life

Point #2: Jesus promises the life that is in him (25b-26)

1. He promises resurrection life (25b)

2. He promises immortal life (26)

(1) Conditional on faith – those who believe

(2) Conditional on personal faith – do you believe this?

Point #3: Jesus honours the faith that trusts him (27)

1. He honours faith that responds to his word – Yes

2. He honours faith that submits to his authority – Lord

3. He honours faith that confesses his person – Messiah

– He is the promised Messiah, the Son of God

– He is the One who is to come into the world

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Christian Evidences Series: Science and the Bible

Studies in Christian Evidences by Waymon D. Miller

(This little booklet was developed in 1961 but is now out of print. For that reason, it is provided here for your use and edification in hopes that one more soul will come to believe today)

1. Through many years there has been a bitter conflict between religion
and science.
(a) Extremists on both sides contended that this conflict was
inevitable; that a Christian could not accept the finds of modern
science, and a scientist could not be a true Christian.
(b) Many Christians have viewed science with extreme skepticism,
believing its objective was to undermine religion, and many scientists
believe religion tends to oppose and retard scientific progress.
(c) It is true that many scientists are unbelievers, agnostics,
atheists, and infidels, but this is likewise true of many men of all
(d) Radical Christians have viewed science as the work of the devil, and
radical scientists have viewed religion as a relic of medieval
(e) The mere fact that one is a scientist does not necessarily mean his
findings are untrue and antichristian, any more than the fact that one is
a professed Christian means his views of the Bible are correct.

2. There are some common sense matters to be recognized in whatever
issues may exist between science and the Bible.
(a) We need to recognize that the Bible is not a scientific book. It is
not designed to provide a technical discussion of scientific matters, but
rather to reveal God’s will.
(b) Since the Bible is not a scientific text, it should not be expected
to discuss scientific matters in detail, or its expressions (especially
obscure ones) be interpreted as scientific expositions.
(c) Science is an area of knowledge of human origin. The Bible is not
always concerned with intricate details of human wisdom, but it is our
conviction that all true knowledge is god-centered knowledge.

1. In order to determine if modern science denies the Bible we must
first determine what science is.
(a) In the absolute sense, “science” means “knowledge,” but this
definition is a narrow one, for many matters in scientific area are not
absolutely finalized.
(b) Science involves experiment, observation, deduction, conclusions,
conjecture, experience, fixed natural laws, hypotheses, speculation, and
theory. From these is derived both established truth and assumption.
(c) Herbert Spencer spoke of science as being “partially unified

2. Does science destroy belief in God and the Bible beyond any dispute?
(a) If this were true, then in our wonderfully scientific age we could
not have the present sensational interest in the Bible and religion.
(b) The reason for the faith-destroying influence of scientific
knowledge lies deeper than science itself, since many good scientists
believe in God and the Bible.
(c) There is really no basic disagreement with any matter of scientific
knowledge and the Bible, when science is received reverently and the
Bible is rightly understood.
(d) Sir Oliver Lodge, noted scientist, said, “The region of religion and
the region of a completed science are one.”
(e) F. Hugh Capron correctly stated: “The fundamental truths of
religion are the fundamental truths of science.”
(f) Bernard Ramm wrote: “Ideally in their mutual pursuits the scientist
and the theologian should supplement each other.”

3. What is responsible for the conflict between scientists and the
(a) There are both dogmatic scientists and dogmatic religionist who have
little sympathy for one another.
(b) Scientists have presumed to speak in the field of religion in which
they are not competent, and religionists have presumed to speak in the
field of science in which they are not qualified.
(c) Religionists have erred in seeking to make the Bible speak too
specifically about scientific matters, and scientists have erred in
seeking some conflict between science and the Bible.
(d) J.H. Pratt wrote: “The Book of Nature and the Word of God emanate
from the same infallible Author, and therefore cannot be at variance. 
But man is a fallible interpreter, and by mistaking one or both of these
Divine Records, he forces them too often into unnatural conflict.”
(e) In attempts to reconcile the Bible with various aspects of science,
over-zealous defenders of the Bible have frequently erred in seeking to
read many modern scientific discoveries back into the Scriptures
(f) Bible expositors have been guilty of superficial and untenable
interpretations of passages in effort to harmonize the Bible with
scientific matters. (cf. Heb. 11:3)
(g) Bible students have frequently confused their interpretation of
Biblical statements with inspired declarations, thus affirming that their
understanding of a passage is what inspiration declared about some
scientific matter.

4. We should understand some simple principles about what the Bible
teaches about the universe.
(a) the Bible declares that the universe and its in habitants were
brought into existence by creation by the infinite power of God, the
(b) The Bible teaches that the universe is sustained by the unfailing
providence of God.
(c) The Bible maintains that the laws governing the universe are natural
laws, which are God’s laws.
(d) The Bible affirms the temporal nature of everything in the universe;
that all things are subject to decay.
(e) Observe the broad and general nature of these divine truths. The
Bible does not concern itself with infinitely technical details of these

1. The age of the world.
(a) Some have imagined that there is a contradiction between the
Biblical account of the age of the world and the affirmation of science.
(b) It is cited that scientists have estimated the age of the earth to
be between 4 and 5 billion years, while “the Bible teaches” it is only
6,000 years old.
(c) This is a conflict rising out of false assumptions, since the Bible
nowhere informs us of the earth’s age. It simply informs us that “in
the beginning” God created it. As to when “the beginning” was, we do
not know.
(d) Bible chronology was the work of Archbishop James Ussher of Ireland
(1581-1656), who worked out the elaborate time table of Biblical events
now found in many Bibles.
(e) John Lightfoot, English Bible scholar (1602-1675), working from
Ussher’s table, fixed creation during the week of October 18-24, 4004
B.C., and affirmed that Adam was created on October 23 9:00 a.m.,
forty-fifth meridian time!
(f) Since the Bible does not state in what year the creation occurred,
then such efforts are as much human speculation as the time estimates of
(g) With modern radioactive dating procedures, if science can prove
beyond doubt that the world began five billions of years ago, this would
not contradict the Bible.

2. The origin of the world.
(a) The Bible accounts for the origin of the world in the simple
statement: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” 
(Genesis 1:1)
(b) It has been thought that belief in creation and belief in modern
science is incompatible, in that science rejects the Biblical idea of
(c) It would, in fact, be difficult to state what modern science accepts
about the origin of the universe, in that some ten theories have been
propounded to account for the origin of the earth, none of which is
(d) It is true that no believer would accept a theory of science
regarding the origin of the earth that would rule God out, but it is not
necessary to believe any skeptical to accept modern science.
(e) Even the divergent views of science concerning the origin of the
world start with an origin and require a cause.
(f) The fact is that some very distinguished scientist maintain firm
belief in the fact that God created the world, among whom are Johannes
Kepler, astronomer; Michael Faraday, distinguished English scientist;
John Ray, “the father of natural history” in Great Britain; Louis J. R.
Agassiz, famous geologist; James Dwight Dana, brilliant American
scientist; Charles Augustus Young, American astronomer; Lord Kelvin,
eminent English scientists; Arthur H. Compton, physicist, and others.

3. The origin of man.
(a) As to man’s origin, the Bible declares that “the Lord God formed man
out of the dust of the earth.
(Gen. 2:7)
(b) It has been shown that “modern chemical analysis detects at least
fourteen elements in the human body identical with “dust”-such as oxygen,
hydrogen, magnesium, silicon, sodium, phosphorus, and carbon.”
(c) While scientists have advanced numerous theories as to the origin of
life, they confess that science is incapable of definitely knowing this.
(d) Julian Huxley stated: “A scientifically based philosophy enables us
in the first place to cease tormenting ourselves with questions that
ought not to be asked, because they cannot be answered-such questions
about the Cause or Creation or Ultimate or Reality.
(e) The agnostic, Ernst Haeekel, stated: “The process of creation as
the coming into existence of matter is completely beyond human
comprehension and can therefore never become a subject of scientific
(f) Lord Kelvin state, “I cannot admit that, with regard to the origin
of life, science neither affirms nor denies Creative Power. Science
positively affirms Creative Power.”

4. The creative days of Genesis.
(a) It has been argued that there cannot be harmony between science and
the Bible because the Bible teaches that the earth was created in 4004
B.C., while science argues that it is five billion years old.
(b) But the Bible makes no statement, as already seen, about when
creation was, and the date 4004 B.C. is purely speculative.
(c) Some contend, further, that if the earth is only 6,000 years old,
and creation lasted only six days, then the earth could not possibly be
as old as geologists insist.
(d) This argument is based upon two assumptions: (1) that the Bible
teaches creation occurred in 4004 B.C., which it does not, and (2) that
the “days” of creation must have been solar days-24 hours days like we
now have.
(e) The Bible does not, however, suggest the length of the days of
creation, and our contention that these days had to be solar days is pure
(f) To accept the Biblical account of creation, it is not necessary to
believe in an immediate creation. It does not reflect upon God’s
omnipotence to believe that He used periods longer than 24 hours for each
creative step.
(g) The Bible frequently uses the word “day” to represent a period of
time much longer than 24 hours. (Gen. 2:4, 17; Duet. 9:1; Psalms 95:8;
137:7; Matt. 24:50; Luke 17:24; John 8:56; 9:4; Rom. 13:12; 2 Cor. 6:2; I
Thess. 5:2; Heb. 3:15; 4:7-8)
(h) The Genesis record indicates that God did not create the solar
system until the fourth day, and logically there could not have been
solar days before then.
(i) God rested on the seventh day of creation. (Gen 2:2-3) If God’s
“Sabbath of creation: continues to the present, and involves thousands of
years, whey could no the other creative days involve thousands of years

1. Space does not permit a detailed consideration of every issue
existing between skeptical scientists and the Bible.
(a) Many other areas of scientific endeavor have confirmed the truths of
the Bible-findings in such areas as geology, archaeology, anthropology,
biology and astronomy.
(b) There is no discovery of modern science that would destroy faith in
the Bible, or our faith in God as the Creator. 
(c) Much of the controversy between science and religion has been
produced by skeptical scientists or dogmatic religionists who
deliberately oppose each other.
(d) Science is not naturally opposed to religion, and we must not
presume there is an inherent conflict between them.
(e) Because one is a scientist does not necessarily mean that he is a
skeptic, atheist, or infidel, for a great host of the most gifted of
scientists have been believers in God.
(f) Michael Faraday firmly believed the Bible to be the basis of all
truth. One day while ill, his friend, Sir Henry Ackland found Faraday
resting his head upon a table upon which also lay an open Bible. Ackland
remarked, “I fear you are worse today.” Faraday replied, “No, it is not
that. But why will people go astray when they have this blessed book to
guide them?”
(g) Professor Francis Bowen, a professor of philosophy at Harvard
University for over thirty years, stated with deep conviction: “I accept
with unhesitating conviction the doctrine of the being of one personal
God, the Creator and Governor of the world, and of one Lord Jesus Christ,
in whom dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and I have found
nothing whatever in the literature of modern infidelity, which, to my
mind, cast even the slightest doubt upon that belief.”

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10 reasons to believe in the Bible

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Need good, solid answers before you’ll buy into the Bible’s bold claims? We don’t blame you. Here are 10 water-tight reasons to believe. Skeptics welcome!

You’re not alone if you sometimes doubt the reliability of the Bible. Like the world around us, the Bible is marked by elements of mystery. Yet if the Scriptures are what they claim to be, you don’t have to try to sort out the evidence on your own. Jesus promised to send divine help to those who want to know the truth about Himself and His teaching. As the central figure of the New Testament, He said, “If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on cropped-great-chapters-series.jpgmy own” (John 7:17).

One important key to understanding the Bible is that it was never meant merely to bring us to itself. Every principle of Scripture shows us our need of Christ’s forgiveness. It shows us why we need to let the Spirit of God live through us. It is for such a relationship that the Bible was given.

Following are 10 good reasons to anchor your trust in the Word of God—and to believe that its message is alive and well because of the One who wrote it.

1. Its Honesty — The Bible is painfully honest. It shows Jacob, the father of God’s “chosen people,” to be a deceiver. It describes Moses, the lawgiver, as an insecure, reluctant leader, who, in his first attempt to come to the aid of his own people, killed a man and then ran for his life to the desert. It portrays David not only as Israel’s most beloved king, general and spiritual leader, but as one who took another man’s wife and then, to cover his own sin, conspired to have her husband killed. At one point, the Scriptures accuse the nation of Israel as being so bad they made Sodom and Gomorrah look good by comparison (Ezekiel 16:46-52). The Bible represents human nature as hostile to God. It predicts a future full of trouble. It teaches that the road to heaven is narrow and the way to hell is wide. Scripture was clearly not written for those who want simple answers or an easy, optimistic view of religion and human nature.

2. Its Preservation — Just as the modern state of Israel was emerging from thousands of years of dispersion, a Bedouin shepherd discovered one of the most important archaeological treasures of our time. In a cave on the northwest rim of the Dead Sea, a broken jar yielded documents that had been hidden for two millennia. Additional finds produced manuscripts that predated previous oldest copies by 1,000 years. One of the most important was a copy of Isaiah. It revealed a document that is essentially the same as the Book of Isaiah that appears in our own Bibles. The Dead Sea Scrolls emerged from the dust like a symbolic handshake to a nation coming home. They discredited the claims of those who believed that the original Bible had been lost to time and tampering.

3. Its Claims for Itself — It’s important to know what the Bible says about itself. If the authors of Scripture had not claimed to speak for God, it would be presumptuous to make that claim for them. We would also have a different kind of problem. We would have a collection of unsolved mysteries, embodied in historical and ethical literature. But we would not have a book that has inspired the building of churches and synagogues all over the world. A Bible that did not claim to speak on behalf of God would not have become foundational to the faith of hundreds of millions of Christians and Jews (2 Peter 1:16-21). But with much supporting evidence and argument, the Bible’s authors did claim to be inspired by God. Because millions have staked their present and eternal well-being on those claims, the Bible cannot be a good book if its authors consistently lied about their source of information.

4. Its Miracles — Israel’s exodus from Egypt provided a historical basis for believing that God revealed Himself to Israel. If the Red Sea did not part as Moses said it did, the Old Testament loses its authority to speak on behalf of God. The New Testament is just as dependent upon miracles. If Jesus did not rise bodily from the dead, the apostle Paul admits that the Christian faith is built on a lie (1 Corinthians 15:14-17). To show its credibility, the New Testament names its witnesses, and did so within a time frame that enabled those claims to be tested (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). Many of the witnesses ended up as martyrs, not for abstract moral or spiritual convictions but for their claim that Jesus had risen from the dead. While martyrdom is not unusual, the basis on which these people gave their lives is what’s important. Many have died for what they believed to be the truth. But people do not die for what they know to be a lie.

5. Its Unity — Forty different authors writing over a period of 1,600 years penned the 66 books of the Bible. In addition, 400 silent years separated the 39 books of the Old Testament from the 27 of the New Testament. Yet, from Genesis to Revelation, they tell one unfolding story. Together they give consistent answers to the most important questions we can ask: Why are we here? How can we come to terms with our fears? How can we get along? How can we rise above our circumstances and keep hope alive? How can we make peace with our Maker? The Bible’s consistent answers to these questions show that the Scriptures are not many books but one.

6. Its Historical and Geographical Accuracy — Down through the ages, many have doubted the historical and geographical accuracy of the Bible. Yet modern archeologists have repeatedly unearthed evidence of the people, places and cultures described in the Scriptures. Time after time, the descriptions in the Bible have been shown to be more reliable than the speculations of scholars. The modern visitor to the museums and lands of the Bible cannot help but come away impressed with the real geographical and historical backdrop of the biblical text.

7. Its Endorsement by Christ — Many have spoken well of the Bible, but no endorsement is as compelling as that of Jesus of Nazareth. He recommended the Bible not only by His words but by His life. In times of personal temptation, public teaching and personal suffering, He made it clear that He believed the Old Testament Scriptures were more than a national tradition (Matthew 4:1-11; 5:17-19). He believed the Bible was a book about Himself. To His countrymen He said, “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life” (John 5:39-40).

8. Its Prophetic Accuracy — From the days of Moses, the Bible predicted events no one wanted to believe. Before Israel went into the promised land, Moses predicted that Israel would be unfaithful, that she would lose the land God was giving her, and that she would be dispersed throughout the world, regathered and then re-established (Deuteronomy 28-31). Central to Old Testament prophecy was the promise of a Messiah who would save God’s people from their sins and eventually bring judgment and peace to the whole world.

9. Its Survival — The books of Moses were written 500 years before the earliest Hindu Scriptures. Moses wrote Genesis 2,000 years before Muhammad penned the Koran. During that long history, no other book has been as loved or as hated as the Bible. No other book has been so consistently bought, studied and quoted as this book. While millions of other titles come and go, the Bible is still the book by which all other books are measured. While often ignored by those who are uncomfortable with its teachings, it is still the central book of Western civilization.

10. Its Power to Change Lives — Unbelievers often point to those who claim to believe in the Bible without being changed by it. But history is also marked by those who have been bettered by this book. The Ten Commandments have been a source of moral direction to countless numbers of people. The Psalms of David have offered comfort in times of trouble and loss. Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount has given millions an antidote for stubborn pride and proud legalism. Paul’s description of love in 1 Corinthians 13 has softened angry hearts. — Reprinted from RBC Ministries (Radio Bible Class), Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Christian Evidences Series: The Bible is the Word of God

Studies in Christian Evidences by Waymon D. Miller

(This little booklet was developed in 1961 but is now out of print. For that reason, it is provided here for your use and edification in hopes that one more soul will come to believe today)

1. The Bible is the most amazing and wonderful Book the world has ever
(a) It occupies an unchallenged position amid the myriad of books, and
has never had a serious rival.
(b) It is an incomparable Volume, and never has any other book
approached it in content or distinctiveness.
(c) It is the one Book of all books known to man worthy of its unique
title of the “Bible”-the Book.

2. The Bible itself forms an invincible argument in the area of
Christian evidences.
(a) The Bible is a Book that must be reckoned with by those who deny
Christianity, its God, and its Founder.
(b) The Bible is the very basis of Christianity, and to disprove it
would be to destroy the foundation of Christianity.
(c) Yet the Bible has resisted every attempt through the ages to
disprove it, and no other book could have survived the vigorous attacks
made upon the Bible.

3. The Bible proposes numerous vital issues which must be met by the
(a) The Bible has existed for thousands of years, and its very presence
in the world must be accounted for.
(b) The Bible asserts that it is the product of divine revelation and
(c) There is conclusive evidence of the reliability of the text and
canon of the Bible.
(d) There is a supernatural atmosphere about the Bible found in no other
(e) The reliability and integrity of the Bible have survived every
attempt to disprove them.
(f) The hope of the Christian religion is established upon the integrity
of the Bible.

4. This study will present some reasons why Christians accept the Bible
as being the inspired Word of God.
(a) In our age of skepticism, the Bible has been subjected to ridicule,
with unbelievers urging that it is no more than a book of superstition,
folklore, and the common religious beliefs of an unenlightened age.
(b) If the Bible does not merit our faith in it, surely the age of
superior knowledge in which we live could prove this.
(c) Must Christians accept the Bible as God’s Word merely upon blind
faith, or is there valid evidence to support our belief that it is a
divine revelation?

1. The Bible is a book distinctly and remarkably different from any
other book ever written.
(a) It is so different in nature and content that this presents one of
its most impressive aspects.
(b) It offers to the world a Book of inimitable style, character,
content, message, meaning, and purpose.
(c) Since no other book has ever been produced like it, the very
uniqueness of the Bible separates it from all others.

2. The Bible is unique for the manner in which it was written.
(a) About 40 persons participated in the writing of the Bible, and about
1600 years were required to write it.
(b) Its writers were men of widely differing positions: kings, prophets,
priests, statesmen, fishermen, shepherds, the untutored, the educated,
scribes, poets, military leaders, a tentmaker, a doctor, and prisoners.
(c) The authors of Biblical books wrote under widely varying
circumstances: while on thrones, in prisons, in exile, in captivity, some
despised and some honored.
(d) The contents of the Bible presents a variety contained in no other
book: autobiography, biography, history, sermons, psalms, proverbs,
poetry, prophecy, romance, oratory, drama, doctrinal discussions, civil
legislation, governmental decrees, parables, direction for worship,
apocalyptic visions, personal letters, general letters, rituals, maxims,
philosophy, hymns, obituaries, character appraisals, and miracles.
(e) The circumstances under which its authors wrote are also unique: 
many writers of the Bible were unknown to one another, they lived at
different times, they wrote in different countries, they wrote in
different languages, they wrote upon different subjects, and they wrote
in different circumstances.
(f) Despite these astonishingly diverse situations, there is a wonderful
unity in all the writings of the Bible.

3. the Bible presents a uniqueness in its physical structure seen in no
other book.
(a) The Bible, though comprising one unified volume, is actually
comprised of 66 separate books.
(b) Although there is evident a master Mind that produced it, the actual
writing was done by 40 writers.
(c) The Bible contains two major divisions: the Old and the New
Testaments. They are as unlike in character as two separate books could
be, but are perfectly harmonious.
(d) Some of the individual books are vastly different in character, yet
in complete accord with one another.
(e) The two major divisions of the Bible were written in different
languages (Hebrew and Greek), but this presents no problem whatever in
the harmony between them.
(f) The length of Biblical books varies greatly from five books
containing only one chapter to Psalms which contains 150 chapters. The
difference in the length of books or chapters, however, does not affect
its harmony.
(g) The language of the Bible is unmatched in majesty of style.

1. Ever since the Bible became available to the masses it has exerted a
supernatural influence upon the lives of men.
(a) No other book has been able to arrest the attention and grip the
soul of man as has the Bible.
(b) It has always been the most important Book in the world to those
who have given it serious consideration.
(c) It possesses a supernatural force of attraction that draws men to
it. Matthew Arnold said, “To the Bible men will return, because they
cannot do without it.”

2. The Bible is the most widely circulated book known to man.
(a) The Septuagint, completed around 170 B.C., was the first important
translation of a book ever made. This was a translation of the Old
Testament from Hebrew into the Greek.
(b) The Bible was the first book printed on movable type. This was done
by Johannes Gutenburg in 1455. One of the three existing copies of it
was purchased by the Library of Congress in 1930 for $305,000.00. Copies
of the Bible are the most valuable books in the world.
(c) The Bible is the only book ever sent by cable across the ocean, and
it forms the longest telegram ever sent. On May 20, 1881, the revision
of the New Testament was finished in England. The following morning the
books of Matthew through Romans were printed in the “Chicago Times” and
the “Chicago Tribune.”
(d) The number of copies of the entire Bible, New testaments, and
portion of the Bible printed run into astronomical figures. No book has
ever presented serious competition to the Bible as the world’s most
popular book.

3. The Bible is the most translated Book the world has ever known.
(a) It has been said that the cream of human literary production could
be defined as those books translated into three or more languages.
(b) No book has ever been translated and retranslated so many times as
has the Bible, for it has been translated into every major language and
dialect in the world.
(c) The last figure available indicates that the Bible has now been
translated into 1061 languages and dialects.

4. The Bible is the most popularly used book in the world.
(a) In 1952, Thomas Nelson and Sons employed a firm to determine the
extent of Bible reading in America.
(b) The report revealed that 90% of all Protestant families have Bibles,
and most of them have more than one Bible; that 95% of Americans read the
Bible at some time, and 41% read it at least once a week.

5. The bible has exerted the most profound moral and ethical influence
of any book the world has ever known.
(a) Horace Greeley stated: “It is impossible to enslave mentally or
socially a Bible-reading people. The principles of the Bible are the
ground work of human freedom.”
(b) Lord Bacon said, “There was never found, in any age of the world,
either religion or law that did so highly exalt public good as the
(c) The Bible has become the supreme standard of right and good among
men and nations everywhere.
(d) Everywhere the Bible goes it exerts a transforming influence upon
men. Lifting them to the greatest heights of moral and spiritual

1. The supreme claims made by the Bible for itself is that it is God’s
divine revelation to man, and as such that it is a supernatural and
inspired Book.
(a) The Bile contends that in its production God moved in a miraculous
manner upon its writers to enable them to infallibly record His will.
(b) Indicative of its divine origin, the Bible is represented as being
“the word of God” (Eph. 6:17), “the oracles of God” (I Peter 4:11), “the
writing of God” (Exodus 2:16), the “wisdom of God” (Luke 11:49), the
“word of his grace” (Acts 20:32), and the “word of truth” (James 1:18).
(c) Many times in the Old Testament it is stated that God spoke to such
men as Moses (Num. 5:1; 14:10), Joshua (Joshua 3:7; 5:9), Jacob (Gen.
35:15), and David (I Kings 6:12; 2 Sam. 23:2).
(d) The writings of Moses were recordings of what God had spoken unto
him. (Exodus 20:1; 24:4; 25:1)
(e) Twenty times in his writings Jeremiah affirmed that “the word of the
Lord came unto me.” (Jeremiah 1:4)
(f) Forty-six times Ezekiel affirmed that “the word of the Lord came
unto” him. (Ezekiel 1:3)
(g) Repeatedly the prophets contended that God spoke to them. (Isaiah
1:2; Jonah 1:1; Haggai 1:1; Zech. 4:8; 2 Peter 1:21)
(h) A host of Scriptures affirm that God spoke through men to reveal His
will to them. (2 Sam. 23:2; Isaiah 1:2; Jer. 1:7; Ezek. 2:7; Matt. 1:22;
Mark 12:36; Luke 1:70; Acts 1:16; Hebrews 1:1)
(i) The writers of the thirty-nine Old Testament books affirmed more
than 2,000 times that God spoke to them.
(j) Almost half of the book of Exodus (48%, or 15,750 words) is an
account of what God spoke directly.
(k) In the 40 chapters of Exodus alone, it is stated 161 times the “God
spake these words.”

2. The New Testament also extends the same claims as to its divine
(a) Jesus attested the authority of the Old Testament by frequently
quoting from it and referring to it as the “word of God” (John 10:35)
and the “wisdom of God” (Luke 11:49).
(b) Jesus promised to endow the apostles with divine power, to make
revelations through them, and to inspire their teaching. (Matt.
10:19-21; John 14:26; 15:26-27; 16:13)
(c) The apostles steadfastly maintained that the truths that they taught
were divine revelations. (I Cor. 2:13, 19; 14:37; Gal. 1:12; I Peter
1:11-12; 2 Peter 3:2; Rev. 22:16)
(d) the grand claim of the New Testament is that the Scriptures are
inspired of God. (2 Tim. 3:16-17

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