God's Word #1

Dr. Steve Viars December 3, 1991

- we're moving into our third topic in this series on Basic
  Bible Truths
- We're determining what topics to teach by following the
  same outline as our Christian Life and Growth class lessons
- we decided to do this because we had such a large number of
  folks come into the church this year that we thought this
  would be the best method of getting this important material
- if you've already been through Christian life and growth,
  it's good to go through these lessons because:
    1) while the topics are the same - the lessons have all
       been reworked
         - obviously since it's taken 11 weeks to get through
           the first two - we're adding a lot of other
           material we can't always include when we're
           teaching Christian Life and Growth in 8 weeks
    2) most folks, when they go through Christian Life and
       growth, miss a few lessons – that’s probably true of
    3) these are topics that are good to review and be
       reminded of

- so far we've looked at assurance of salvation and our
  growth in Christ
- today we're going to begin studying "God's Provision
  Through His Word"

  1) At salvation, God provided all you need to change and
     grow - through His Spirit and His sword.

     - we've studied II Tim. 3:16-17 - All scripture is given
       by inspiration...that the man of God may be thoroughly
       furnished unto every good work

  2) We must recognize that there are many standards out
     there - many agendas - many drill sergeants

    INPUT - What voices with agendas seek your ear?

          - media (how many of them are professing
          - entertainment world/industry
          - humanism
          - education industry

Question we want to ask over and over in these lessons is -
  What voice are you listening to? Whose agenda are you

- one of the first issues we have to address is the way you
   view God's Word:



I. What Prevalent Views of The Bible Are Out There?

    A. Wrong views

        1. Bible is a novel - human document

           - man's testimony of his encounter with God
           - you may have a different experience and
             therefore rewrite or reinterpret the Bible in a
             way that fits your experience

           - those who hold this view would say - its a nice
             book - but there's nothing supernatural about it

        2. Bible is a divine novel

           - its a combination human document/God's revealed
           - it contains facts for salvation, and it becomes
             God's Word as it speaks to you
           - the supernatural element isn't necessarily in the
             way it was written or recorded, but it God does
             to you as you read it

        3. Bible is one of three volumes of truth
            - Bible tells us how to be saved, has some good
              general truths, but surely isn't all we need
              for life and godliness
            - also need human reason and empirical data

            - (not arguing against thinking, or
               experimentation in scientific fields - we're
               talking about what source of "truth" a person
               uses to determine how to change and grow)

            - a person who holds this view usually places
              human reason and empirical data on the same
              "footing" as Scripture

            - let's try to illustrate that
            - let's say a young father is wrestling with the
              issue of whether he should use spanking as a
              method of discipline (develop -not only method)
                - suppose - his friends all say spanking is
                   bad - will injure the child's personality
                - as he has thought it through - he's "not
                  comfortable" with it either
                - then he reads the Bible (which is the
                  normal order with these kinds of folks)
                  and sees what the Bible says about spanking

                 - what is a person with this view of the
                   scripture going to do with the Bible's
                   teaching on this subject?

        4. Bible is outdated

            - it was nice for folks who lived in the "olden
            - but it can't be relevant for the nineties
            - times are changing

            - Bible's teaching on morality needs to be
            - Bible's teaching on authority, husband-wife
              roles, family, parenting, abortion,
              homosexuality - all that the Bible says on this
              subject needs to be "rewritten"

B. Bible view - it's the "Face of God"

    - read Heb. 4:12

    1. living, effective, active, powerful

        - even though a person may choose to ignore it, set
          it around with a stack of other books that collect
          dust, the Bible's not "another book"
        - it's not just someone else's word
            - it's God Word

    2. penetrates, sees, dissects, reveals, judges

        - all of us can speak of times when we came to hear
          the Word of God, or were studying it on our own -
          and it "cut us" - it convicted us - it was as if we

- good question to think about - How do you view the Bible -
    and what evidence is there to support your answer?

II. Why Is It So Important That The Bible Be Our Standard?

    A. It is inspired

        II Tim. 3:16

    B. It is credible

        II Tim. 3:16, 17

        II Pet. 1:16-21
            cf Who gave it, v. 19 "more sure..."

    C. It is powerful

        1. to save

            II Tim. 3:15
            I Peter 1:23

        2. to change

            John 17:17, James 1:22-25, II Tim. 3:16-17

            Spirit's sword - Eph. 6:17, Heb. 4:12


    D. It is sufficient

        II Peter 1:3
        II Tim. 3:16, 17

    E. It is durable

        Ps. 119:89 - forever settled in the heavens
            119:160 - endureth forever

        Matt. 5:18
        I Peter 1:25

        INPUT - therefore, what is out?


    F. It is final

        Deut. 4:2

        Prov. 3:5-6

        II Tim. 3:16-17

        Rev. 22:18, 19

Dr. Steve Viars


Senior Pastor - Faith Church

Director - Faith Legacy Foundation


B.S.: Pre-Seminary & Bible, Baptist Bible College (Now Clarks Summit University)
M.Div.: Grace Theological Seminary
D.Min.: Biblical Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary

Dr. Steve Viars has served at Faith Church in Lafayette, IN since 1987. Pastor Viars leads and equips Faith Church as Senior Pastor with a focus on preaching and teaching God’s Word and using his organizational skills in guiding the implementation of the Faith Church mission and vision. He oversees the staff, deacons, and all Faith Church ministries. Dr. Viars serves on the boards of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Biblical Counseling Coalition, Vision of Hope, and the Faith Community Development Corporation. Steve is the author, co-author, or contributor to six books and numerous booklets. He and his wife, Kris, were married in 1982 and have two married daughters, a son, and three grandchildren.

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