By: Porter Barrington
Outline One: The Bible
The Bible is The Word of God
It is important for a new or renewed Christian to start right; therefore, the first
lesson is designed to help establish your faith in the Bible, for it Is the word of
God. Keep in mind that the Bible is not a book of philosophy, although it is philosophical. Do not go to the Bible for a scientific argument. However, there is no discrepancy between ascertained facts of science and the Bible. The Bible is not a book of history, but is found to be accurate when recording history. The Bible was given to us from God, revealing Jesus Christ, the son of God, and God the Son, the only savior John 14:6. He is the center and the circumference. It is Christ from Genesis to Revelation John 5:39.
The Bible is high above all other books as the heavens are above the earth. Someone has said of the Bible: "read it to be wise, believe it to be safe and practice it to be right."
1 The Bible claims to be the inspired word of God - (II Timothy 3:16-17): 16) "All
Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17) that the man of God may be complete , thoroughly equipped for every good work."
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God." Upon this statement of fact,
evangelical Christianity stands. The Bible claims to be the inspired word of God. By "inspiration " we mean that the Holy Spirit exerted His supernatural influence upon the writers of the Bible. The writings were inspired - not necessarily the writers, for the Bible nowhere claims to have been written by inspired men.
1)The Holy Spirit is the author of the Bible (II Peter 1:21). Christ told His disciples
that He would leave "many things " unrevealed, and that the Holy Spirit would come and choose certain persons and through them reveal His perfect will unto man; and that the Holy Spirit would be the believer's teacher (John 16:12-15).
2)Man is the instrument used by the Holy Spirit to write the Bible
3)Results: the infallible Word of God. Therefore, the Bible is free from error and
absolutely trustworthy. (Psalm 119:89 and Matthew 24:35)