by Jeff Strite

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Raising the Bar (2 of 3)
Series: Essential Equipment
Jeff Strite
2 Timothy 3:16-3:17

OPEN: In Washington D.C. there is a building called the "National Institute of Standards and Technology." This facility is responsible for storing perfect samples of weights and measurements. They have what are called "prototypes" of pound weights and kilograms. Measuring rods for feet, yards and metric measurements like meters.
For example, they have a "Meter Standard" a reinforced bar of platinum alloyed with exactly 10% iridium. When they want to know the exact measurement of a "meter" they cool this bar down to 0 degrees Celsius at a sea level of 45 degrees latitude then they know they will have the exact tip to tip measurement of a meter. That bar is known as "prototype #27, because the original is kept in a suburb of Paris at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures.

We Christians also have a measuring rod that never changes.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us:
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."

This measuring rod of God's:
• Teaches me: it gives me correct information
• Rebukes me: repairs my wrong ways of thinking
• Corrects me: Corrects my character flaws
• Trains me in righteousness: Trains me to be ready to make the right choices and decisions

I. But why do I need the Bible? I make fairly decent decisions without it. I have a fairly good idea of what is right amd wrong

ILLUS: Just out of high school I hired on at a trailer factory in a nearby town. I didn't know much. I had never really "built anything." I was an inexperienced laborer. My job was to install insulation (batting and blown in) in the walls and ceilings of the trailers as they moved down the assembly line. One day, blowing in insulation on roof of trailer I missed my step on the beams and my foot bro ...

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