The church is a big deal. I know that many want to see the church as just an antiquated organization with little relevance to their daily lives. Even a growing group, who say they are followers of Christ, will behave as though the church is not significant for them—they believe in Jesus, but don’t need the church to be a Christian.
CAN I TRUST THE BIBLE? The Experiential Testimony: THE MYSTERIOUS POWER OF SCRIPTURE EXPERIENCED, Part 4
In this series, we have entered the courtroom of truth and have presented witness after witness of the trustworthiness of the Bible. We have listened to the logical rationale for why God must speak and that Scripture is the way He would have chosen. We have examined evidence that is found internally in the text and externally in archaeology, history, prophecy, and science that verifies the Bible’s veracity.Then we have considered this week the experiential testimony of what the Word of God has done in its God-given power. At last, I add my own witness. This Book has been life-changing for me. I have read it through repeatedly, studied it intensely, and have taught it extensively for over forty years—and I am more certain of its authority and accuracy today than ever.
CAN I TRUST THE BIBLE? The Experiential Testimony: The Miraculous Power of Scripture Promised, Part 2
The Word of God is alive. It is not just inspiring—it is inspired. The term means, “God breathed”—that is, just as He breathed life into Adam in creation, He has breathed into the Bible eternal life. It has the latent power of God within its pages, waiting to be tapped. David, in Psalm 19:7-11, extols the miraculous nature of Scripture. In our previous study, we noted five dimensions of this dynamic force. Today, we will observe five more promises.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating and the evidence of lives transformed by truth adds weight to the Bible’s claims. When we add this to our previous lessons concerning the logical rationale for believing the Bible and the internal and external evidence to back it up, there is every reason to answer, “Can I trust the Bible?” with a resounding, “Yes!”
“Practice what you preach!” Jeremiah would have his faith tested, as God would command him to buy a piece of property in his hometown. He is “in jail,” so to speak, and his town has been taken by the Babylonians, who are currently besieging Jerusalem. The prophet had been told by God that Judah would fall, with the survivors taken into captivity—not to return for seventy years. Jeremiah would not live to see that day, and so it made no sense to buy land where you will never set foot, build on, or farm.
I pray that God has used these studies this week to remind you it is reasonable to believe the Bible. We have examined the affirmation of archaeology, the testimony of history, and the proof of prophecy. Today, we will bring another witness into the court—THE WITNESS OF UNITY.
In previous lessons, we have weighed the affirmation of archaeology and the testimony of history as evidences of the trustworthiness of the Bible. Today, we will add to those witnesses, THE PROOF OF PROPHECY.