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THE BIBLE AND THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
TEXT: Psa. 1:1-3 and 19:7-14 Key verse II Tim. 3:16-17
INTRODUCTION: In other sermons we have seen that it was through the Bible we received the life of God; I.e., were saved. The present sermon is to show that this divine life is nurtured and maintained by the same Word.
I. THE BIBLE ESTABLISHES US: IT IS THE BASIS OF OUR ASSURANCE.
I John 5:13 "These . . . written . . . that ye may KNOW."
The blood of Christ made us safe; the Word of God makes us sure. Assurance of salvation does not depend on our feelings but on the Word of God. We rest on the promises of God; such as
John 5:24, John 6:37, John 10:28.
II. THE BIBLE DEVELOPS US: IT IS THE SOURCE OF OUR STRENGTH.
ACTS 20:32 "Word . . . able to build you up."
Matt. 4:4 "not live by bread alone . . . but every WORD . . . GOD."
Psa. 1:1-3 "delight in law . . . like a tree . . . bring forth fruit."
III. THE BIBLE TEACHES US: IT IS THE FOUNT OF ALL KNOWLEDGE.
II Tim. 3:16 "Scriptures . . . profitable for doctrine."
Prov. 2:6 "out of His mouth cometh knowledge . . . "
Psa. 19:7 "testimony of the Lord . . . making wise the simple."
IV. THE BIBLE REPROVES US: IT IS THE STANDARD OF CONDUCT
II Tim. 3:16 "Scriptures . . . profitable for reproof . . . correction."
Heb. 4:12 "Word of God . . . discerner of the thoughts etc."
V. THE BIBLE COMFORTS US: IT IS THE WORD OF CONSOLATION.
Rom. 15:4 "written . . . that . . . comfort of the scripture . . . hope."
Psa. ll9:52 and 81 (Comfort and hope from the Word of God.)
In trouble: Jno. l6:1-4 (He gave Word to sustain us.)
In death: I Thess. 4:18 "Comfort . . . with these words."
VI. THE BIBLE CLEANSES US: IT IS THE MEANS OF sanctification.
John 15:3, John l7: l7, Eph. 5:26. The Word cleanses. Psalm ll9:9 and Psalm ll9:105.
Christ overcame temptation by the Word. Matt. 4:4,7,10.
VII. THE BIBLE FURNISHES US: IT IS OUR EQUIPMENT FOR SERVICE.
II Tim. 2:15 "Study . . . workman . . . rightly dividing the Word."
Eph. 6:17 It is the one weapon we are to use. II Cor. 10:4,10.
II Tim. 4:2 "PREACH THE WORD."