Our Ministry is truly built and based on God’s true magnificent Word. We will share it with you and the world, the same wonderful way that Jesus did. We will let you know what a blessing it really is when you take the Lord’s Word seriously. Our mission is to let you know how precious your life and all human lives really are. ….
I. The Bible is a magnificent book.
First of all, the Bible is a magnificent book. There is no other book like it in the history of the world. There are other religious books and other books that claim to be from God, but only the Bible is God’s inspired, infallible, authoritative word.
A. The Bible is a unified book:
– 66 books, 36 writers, 16 centuries > one message (Jesus!)
The Bible is a unified book, which is an amazing thing when you look at its history. The Bible is actually a compilation of 66 different books, written by 36 different writers, over a span of 16 centuries. The first part of the Bible, the Old Testament, was written mostly in Hebrew whereas the second part, the New Testament, was written in Greek. The Bible incorporates a wide variety of styles including historical narrative, law, prophecy, and poetry. And yet despite the diversity of authors, styles, languages, historical periods and cultures, the Bible presents one unified message: God’s salvation of the world through Jesus Christ his Son. The Old Testament sets the stage for Christ’s coming; the gospels present Jesus’ life and teachings; and then the rest of the New Testament explains what it all means to us. The Bible is a unified book: 66 books, 36 writers, 16 centuries, and yet one message, which is Jesus!
B. The Bible is a prophetic book:
– fulfilled prophecies > individuals, Israel, nations, Christ
The Bible is not only a unified book; it is a prophetic book. The Bible contains hundreds of prophecies, many of which have already been fulfilled, some which will be fulfilled in the future. And these prophecies are not of the vague, fill-in-the-blank type that we get in the papers at the beginning of each New Year. You know the type: “Sometime, somewhere this year, there will be a major earthquake. Or perhaps it’s a hurricane. Or some other type of disaster.” And then when something, anything happens, people say, “Wow! They predicted the future!”
No, the Bible is very specific in its prophecies. For example, there are over three hundred prophecies about Christ in the Old Testament, all of which were specifically fulfilled by Jesus. These prophecies are extremely specific and detailed, including his virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14), the place of his birth in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), his line of descent through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah and David (Genesis 12:3, 17:19, 49:10; Numbers 24:17; 2 Samuel 7:12-13), his betrayal by a friend (Psalm 41:9), the thirty pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12-13 ), his crucifixion (Psalm 22:16), and his resurrection (Psalm 16:10). And that’s only a few of the prophecies; there are over three hundred more!
And that’s just the prophecies about Jesus! The Bible also presents prophecies about specific individuals, about the nation of Israel, and about many other nations as well. And in keeping with its unified message, all these prophecies come together culminating in one person – Jesus Christ: the Messiah of Israel, the light unto the Gentiles, the Son of God, the Savior of the world.
C. The Bible is a life-changing book:
So the Bible is a unified book. The Bible is a prophetic book. And then, thirdly, the Bible is a life-changing book. Countless individuals and families have been changed by reading this book. The Bible has brought hope and salvation to those who were in distress and despair. The Bible has had a major influence on laws and society wherever it has spread. It has had a major influence on the arts and culture wherever it is read. It is a fact that you cannot accurately tell the history of the world apart from the Bible and its influence.
This is not some dusty history book to remain on your bookshelf. This book has power like no other. It’s a game-changer, a society-changer, a life-changer. The Bible is a unified book; it is a prophetic book; it is a life-changing book. So that’s our first point this morning – the Bible is a magnificent book.