Why Study the Bible

  • A Changed Life

    Jen got a Call from a student at SRU.  She got to hear a story of a female SRU student that she had talked to a few times.  The young lady had heard the gospel while talking to Jen on campus.  She realized the evil in her homosexual relationship.  She repented and placed her trust in Jesus.  She started going to a good church during the summer.  She decided to go to a different college this year, so she would not be tempted by the LGBTQ culture at SRU.  We are so grateful to God.   Please pray for her.

    The First week in August I spent in NYC.  We had 2 days of training for the Campus Leaders and then several days of outreach.  We did many interesting outreaches on the subways.  We had several sinners anonymous meetings.   One gentlemen comes into the subway car thanking everyone for coming to the meeting.  He asks for people to give their testimony and then when no one does he gives his own.  Then he pleads with people again to stand up and give their testimony.  After a third plea one of us stands up and gives our testimony.  Here is a picture of me giving my testimony of coming to Christ.  Then two others stand up and give their testimony.  As you can see by the young lady here everyone is listening and surprised.    In the one location we did this others had almost been arrested for preaching the gospel a few days earlier and we had the same guards tell the complainers to sit and be quiet so that they could see all that would happen.    A little creativity can go a long way for finding a way to share the gospel.  Many people heard the gospel.

    The parks in NYC are a wonderful place to witness.  People go to the parks to interact with others.  We had many wonderful conversations.   These two had many questions and ended up talking to several Christians about Jesus.  Pray that God is changing their hearts.

    Hundreds of people heard the gospel via open air evangelism in the parks.  God drew several large crowds to hear the gospel throughout the week.  Some crowds gather because of apologetics like here.

    We gathered crowds using IQ tests and trivia as well.  Either way everyone heard a good gospel message.  What a wonderful week we had in NYC.

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Why Study the Bible

2nd Timothy 3:16–17 all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent equipped for every good work.

God's word is very important because for the believer in Jesus Christ it contains gods will for your life. Not only that it is profitable for anything having to do with the Christian life. For the Christian, it is the only source of divine authority. The Bible supersedes all human knowledge and insight, because it is given in totality by God.

1. The Bible is infallible: Infallible means that the Bible is completely trustworthy as a guide to salvation and a life of faith and will not fail to accomplish its purpose. Psalm 19:7 says “ the law of the Lord is perfect converting the soul, the testimony of the Lord is sure making wise the simple”.

2.The Bible is inerrant: Proverbs chapter 30: 5- 6 states "every word of God proves true....... Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar". God's word is without error in all of its parts. We need not add to it and we dare not take away from it.

3. The Bible is complete: There are many people today who are seeking for hidden truth. This is actually gone on for 2000 years. There are those that make claims that the Bible is not complete. However, the 66 books that we have in the modern Bible contain all of God's written revelation. Revelation 22:18–19 states it this way: “ I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone asked of them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book” We do not need books describing hell, telling us that heaven is real, or stating how to live our best life now. The Bible is complete, and for the Christian there is nothing more we need to know.

4. The Bible is authoritative: in all the topics that the Bible talks about it is authoritative. God knows more than we do, and what he is revealed in the Bible is fully authoritative. This includes science, history, language, and, of course, theology. God did not forget anything, everything we need to know about him and about salvation is contained in this book. It is the final revelation. Psalm 119:89 says “forever O Lord your word is firmly fixed in the heavens”. God does not need to go back and edit his word for our time. It is as authoritative today as it was when it was written. If our world goes on for 10,000 more years, God's word will remain authoritative.

5. The Bible is totally sufficient: There are many in modern times the question the sufficiency of what is contained in the Bible. Some seek wisdom, love, relaxation, and knowledge outside of the holy pages. For the Christian there is no other source. Our needs can totally be met by the God who inspired this book. Referring back to 2nd Timothy 3:16–17; "...that the man of God may be competent equipped for every good work”.

6. The Bible keeps all of its promises: Because it is inspired by God who cannot lie, the Bible will fully keep all of the promises contained with init Isaiah 55:11 says “so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it”. We can be assured that what the Bible says is true, and that the God of the Bible will keep all of the promises contained within.

7. The Bible provides the Christian with assurance of salvation: Being able to read and understand what the Bible teaches us proves that you have been born again. Jesus said “my sheep hear my voice”. If you love the word of God, read the word of God, and apply the word of God, you can be assured that you are one of his sheep. John 20:31 states it like this “ but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ,the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

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