by John Barnett

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Seven Reasons Why I Believe the Bible (9 of 37)
Series: Christ in All the Scripture
John Barnett

This evening we begin our new study I'm calling a ''Strategic Grasp of the Bible''. This is one of the greatest studies we could ever share. Why? Because the Bible is the Revelation of all that God wants us to know about everything we need to know. If He hasn't revealed it - either it is a secret or it is unimportant. So the more of God's Word you have a grasp on, the more you know about all that really matters in life.

If you would turn with me to John 17.17 we will find the first reason we need God's Word.
''Thy Word is TRUTH''!
First, why would we even want to grasp the Bible? I hope it is because you believe that this book truly is God's Word! That is really the only place any study can start. So a strategic grasp BEGINS with a settled conviction of the TRUTHFULNESS OF THE BIBLE. That it says what it means, and means what it says.

Just for a reminder, let me give you a 2 minute summary of the study we did a few years back called THE BOOK YOU CAN TRUST. In that study I shared my personal convictions which I call -- Seven Reasons Why I Believe The Bible Is True. Here they are:
1. I BELIEVE THE BIBLE IS TRULY GOD'S WORD BECAUSE OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST SAID SO! Our Lord Jesus Christ believed in the verbal inspiration of the Bible. That means every word is inspired by the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 5:18). This means that there are no errors in science, history, or moral areas in the Bible, which we call inerrancy (John 10:35; 17:17). Jesus thus affirmed the historical reliability of the Scriptures by speaking of Adam and Eve as the first two humans (Mt. 19:4-5); by testifying of the reality of Noah and the global catastrophe called the Flood (Mt. 24:37); by speaking of Abraham as a person who lived and who knew Him as God the Son (John 8:56). Jesus even affirmed the reliability of the writings and lives of the major Old Testament personages. Adam and Eve (Mt. ...

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