SERMONS, OUTLINES, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PREACHING IDEAS

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT ITSELF

by Rex Yancey


What the Bible Says about Itself
Rex Yancey
2 Timothy 3:14 - 4:1-5


When we think about world religions and their books we think of Christianity and the Bible, Islam and the Koran, Mormonism and the Book of Mormon, Jehovah's Witnesses and Watchtower, along with other religions and books. There is no contrast between any of these books and the Bible.

I was introduced to the Bible in Sunday school, preaching, and Vacation Bible School. We would ''pledge allegiance to the Bible, God's Holy Word. I will make it a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path, and hide its words in my heart that I might not sin against God.'' I found the Bible to speak to my needs; as a child, teenager, and adult. The Bible is resplendent with Divine revelation.

In our text, Paul is coming to the end of his road and what a road it has been. It all started for him on the Damascus Road and it has gone all the way to the dungeon in Rome.

Timothy is a young preacher just beginning his road. The older preacher wants the young preacher to understand the importance of the Word of God. He wants him to know of the necessity to preach the Word of God in his ministry.

In verse 15 he calls the Word the Holy Scriptures. In other words, this is not a new book to you. You have known it all your life.

''Holy Scripture'' is translated from the word ''Grammata'' not ''Graphe'' used in verse 16. ''Gramata means ''The writings or the documents.'' ''Hagious'' is not used for holy but ''Hiera.'' He is emphasizing the special reverence attached to this book.

What does the Bible say about itself? What does it say about its intentions, inspiration, and implications?

1. THE INTENTION OF THE Bible

In verse 14 Paul tells Timothy ''To continue in the things you have learned.'' He learned it from his mother and grandmother. He learned it at the feet of Paul. Paul is telling him to progress in the Scriptures.

-We learn our ABC's. But we go beyond the alphabet to words, from words to sentenc ...

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