Bible Basics (4 of 6) by Steve Wagers

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Bible Basics (4 of 6)
Basics for Believers
Steve Wagers
James 1: 18-25
March 25, 2007

Sermon Outline
1. The Attention We Must Give to the Bible!
A) It is an Inspired Book
B) It is an Instructive Book
2. The Appreciation We Should Grant for the Bible!
A) The Welcome we must Extend to It
B) The Work we can Expect from It
3. The Abundance We Will Gain from the Bible!
A) The Peril of a Neglected Word
B) The Profit from a Needed Word
1) Personal Profit
2) Perpetual Profit

A teacher in New England quizzed a group of college-bound high school juniors and seniors on their knowledge of the Bible. The answers were astounding. Some of their responses to the questions showed that they believed that "Sodom and Gomorrah were lovers;" "Jezebel was Ahab's donkey;" and the New Testament gospels were written by Matthew, Mark, Luther and John." Some of the answers given were "Eve was created from an apple;" and, "Jesus was baptized by Moses."

However, quite possibly the most astounding answer given was given by a student who ranked in the top 5 percent of his class. When asked, "What is Golgotha?" The student replied, "Golgotha is the name of the giant who slew the apostle David."
A recent Gallup poll revealed that 82 percent of Americans believe that the Bible is the literal, inspired Word of God. 51 percent have never read the Bible; and, of the 33 percent that claim to read the Bible, half could not name the 4 gospels.

George Barna conducted a survey among professing Christians, and the results were astounding. Among professing Christians, 18 percent (2 out of 10) read the Bible every day; and, even worse, 25 percent (1 out of 4) have never read the Bible.

In this book, called The Bible, God has given His final Word to man. It is a reliable book, and it is a relevant book. It is a book that is completely true, and it is a book that is constantly true.

The Bible is a book that has one theme that is expressed in many different ways. It is a book that includes history, prophecy, poetry, biography, philosophy and science. The Bible has one villain, Satan; one problem, sin, and one solution, the Savior, Jesus Christ.

What makes the Bible relevant and reliable, completely true and constantly true is because it is the Word of God. Thus, because the Bible is the Word of God, it is a basic necessity for the live of every believer.

In considering these basics for believers, we have looked at beginner basics, baptism basics and body basics. Today, I want us to consider Bible basics, which is perhaps the most important ingredient for a successful Christian life.

I am drawn to James' dissertation of the Bible for several reasons. Beginning in verse 18, James describes the role that the Bible had in our salvation experience. He says, "Of His own will begat He us with the word of truth."

In other words, the Bible was the instrument of our salvation. It is the Word which God used to convict us, as well ...

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