Respect Toward the Word of God
The comments made by those who visit our services are so important. One visitor said, “I’ve been to many churches and they talk about the Bible; at this church you let the Bible talk to you.” Our goal is to simply open the Bible and let the message of this amazing book guide us in every aspect of our lives. There is a reason why our classes and sermons are different. We truly want to have the same attitude toward the Bible that Jesus had. Take a moment and think about Jesus and His respect for the word of God. We must have that same respect.
We believe the Bible because Jesus believed the Bible. He believed that it described precisely what God had done in the past. He really believed the Genesis account of God creating Adam and Eve (Mark 10:6-8). He believed in the Divine origin of marriage. He believed the story of Noah and the great flood (Luke 17:26-27). He believed that God destroyed Sodom (Luke 17:32). He believed God spoke to Moses at the burning bush (Mark 12:26) and gave the manna from heaven (John 6:49). He believed that Jonah was inside the great fish for three days and three nights (Matt. 12:40). Jesus believed the Bible.
We believe the Bible because Jesus believed that every single letter of every word was given by God and not one letter has been lost. Sometimes we might think that since so many years have passed that we can have no assurance parts of it have not been lost. Think about this. The smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet is a jot, and Jesus said not a single one of them had been lost (Matt. 5:18). He gave us His words in the New Testament and promised that every word He spoke would abide till the end of time (Matt. 24:35). He believed the eternal nature of the Bible and so must we.
We believe the Bible because Jesus said it would be the basis of the judgment of our lives at the end. How do you decide how to live? What guide do you have about how to live on this earth? Listen to the words of Jesus. “He who rejects Me and does not receive My words has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (John 12:48). Looking at nature can let us know God exists, but it cannot reveal how He wants us to live (Psa. 19:1-2). He has revealed Himself to us and given us His eternal word to be our guide.
If you visit our services, you will sense a deep respect for the Bible and a sincere effort to study every word in the Bible. Jesus taught that His words are the life source given to us by God (John 6:63). God help us to return to His word with the same attitude of respect and reverence for the Bible that Jesus had. There is no other way!