Series: LIVING BIBLICALLY in the 21st Century - Week 1
Sunday, June 3rd, 2018: “The Word of God--Handle with Care”
A few years ago, A. J. Jacobs, an editor at Esquire magazine wrote a book called, “The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible.” The title says it all. He didn’t approach his subject from religious zeal, but as an experiment. It’s an amusing book that inspired a short-lived television CBS sit-com a few months ago.
Is it possible to live a Biblical life? Of course it is—but we have to understand what that really means. And it can’t be a mere “experiment.” We must be “all in.” I would also add one more proviso: Living Biblically REQUIRES a relationship with the author—God Himself.
Authentic Biblical living begins with a high view of scripture. The Bible must be accepted as God’s actual Word to and for us. The Apostle Paul said it this way in his first letter to the church at Thessalonica: “And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.” (I Thessalonians 2:13 NIV)
The Bible is not just a good book—it’s a supernatural love letter from Heaven. Written over 1,600 years and through 40 or so human vessels, the Bible is foundational to our faith. It’s where we discover great life-changing truths. It’s where we find everything we need to know about Jesus, faith, ourselves, sin, judgment, hope, life, heaven, hell, salvation, forgiveness, character—and so much more. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that the devil’s attack on us (I Peter 5:8) so often starts with an assault on the accuracy, relevance, and authority of the Bible.
We should view the Bible as completely inspired by God (sometimes described as “verbal-plenary” inspiration), and yet relevant and practical even in our confusing complicated times. In fact, the scriptures are essential for not only survival—but for ultimate victory!
- What does “inspiration” mean when it comes to the Bible?
- Why does the enemy want to undermine our confidence in the Bible?
- How do I know what to take literally and what to see as metaphor or allegory?