Sermon Recap: “Bible Day” at Templo Jerusalen, 9/9/2012

Our Bible Day is a celebration which encourages our church to go deeper in study with daily Bible reading. It’s an acknowledgement of the importance of God’s word in our daily lives.

Here is my sermon for Bible Day…

Introduction

“Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.” Psalms 119:105

Why is the Bible important? This is a question that many persons ask themselves as they undertake the task of delving into the Word of God. At first glance, it may seem as though it were an archaic, outdated narrative written by persons who are out of touch with modern society.

However, for Christians, it is essential. In a world where moral relativism abounds, the Bible gives us a clear standard for how to live, how to react, how to treat others, and most importantly, how to please God.

In a world with no clear boundaries or guidelines, the Bible stands for clarity and absolute truth amidst the ambiguity that is around us all. Consider the following:

#1- The Bible has changed our world.

Since Guttenberg’s printing press, the Bible has been one of the most read books in modern history. Year after year it is the bestselling book in the world.  Most importantly, the message presented within has changed countless lives and has permeated into most facets of modern culture.

To see a good, quick summary of the Bible’s impact on our modern world, I recommend you visit http://www.byfaith.co.uk/paul200920.htm

#2- The message is worth dying for.

The concept of being a martyr is nothing new to the world, and the concept definitely wasn’t invented by Christianity. However, consider the fact that there are MULTITUDES of persons, across the globe and throughout history, which would gladly die for the gospel message. This is not about self righteous suicide, but rather springs up from the eternal hope that is presented by the Scriptures.

The crux of the Bible rests on the idea that God loves us so much that he would give everything to restore us (see John 3:16-17). That through God’s love, we can have life in abundance (John 10:10). That there is a life beyond this one, which will be glorious! (1 Corinthians 15)

#3- It is the revelation of Jesus Christ.

The most important reason to read the Bible is because it reveals Jesus Christ to us. Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s love for us. He is the reason that we have the hope and blessed assurance that all believers share today.

The entire Bible speaks to Jesus, whether through Old Testament prophecy or New Testament narrative. He is the hero of the book and the man behind the message. He is the most important figure in the history of mankind.

Add to this: the Bible is alive and he speaks to us through this revelation. By reading the Bible, you are able to deepen not only your knowledge of him, but also your relationship with him.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:1, 14