This fall several of our men read together the book by Kevin DeYoung, Taking God at His Word. I was particularly interested when he wrote, “When I speak at conferences and churches, I’m often surprised how few people bother to look at their Bibles when I’m speaking … It is not a good habit.”
Folks, I have no authority in myself. I don’t want you to just take my word for it. God’s people should be testing everything I say against God’s Word. We need a spirit like the Bereans in Ac 17. Listen to v. 11, “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” The Bereans searched their Old Testaments to see if what Paul was preaching had divine authority. And they confirmed it did – therefore they believed the gospel. The Bible was their standard, not tradition, not personal feelings, or their own opinions.
You will often hear me say, “Look at the text.” It is my conviction that all I say in the pulpit is based on the authority of the Word of God. I want you to see it for yourself. So, whether you have a Bible in your lap or use a Bible Ap on your phone – please look at the text. Sola Scriptura. Only the Scriptures. That is our only authority.
And speaking of the Bible – why not consider picking up one of the Bible reading charts in the foyer for 2021? We need to be a people of the Book – here in our services and at home too.