We begin a series of topical sermons chosen to stir us up to conviction and greater faith. This first one deals with a topic that is important because it is so often neglected by believers who are, in general well intentioned but not well exercised in living consistently with our calling. Our sermon is entitled Why You Should Care About the Sufficiency of Scripture and will cover a number of passages, but we will begin in Luke 6:46. This message deals with:
- The necessity of the Bible
- The Preciousness of the Bible,
- The Practical Bible, and will end with a few suggestions in section
- Correcting an Insufficient View of the Word.
This will probably sting us all a bit, for we all tend to look for solutions to our problems elsewhere before we look to the Word of God. I will speak of common modern problems, like pornography, marriage conflict, unbelief, and so on, because these are the ones that believers often think God can’t handle.
Our public reading wasJames 1:19-27, our benediction,Ephesians 6:24.
19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (ESV)