Why Teach the Bible
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has
been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make
disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to
observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you
always, even to the end of the age." Amen. NKJV
As we come to the final point in our series on great things let's
review. Five points.
THE GREAT COMMANDMENT
Worship, Love the Lord with all your heart, mind and soul.
Ministry, Love your neighbor as yourself.
THE GREAT COMMISSION
Evangelism, Make Disciples.
Fellowship, Baptize those disciples.
Discipleship, Teach the disciples the all things.
The great commandment and the great commission make up the sum and
total of the Christian faith. Without them you cannot have
Christians. Without any one part you do not have true Christians.
Once the disciples have been made and added to the fellowship of
the church they must be trained to replicate themselves. They must
re-produce or else or there is no sign of life.
We are to teach, but what are we to teach? Jesus said that we are
to teach what He taught, the all things. In its fullest extant that
is the Bible, the whole Bible. But why the Bible? Aren't other
people's ideas just as valid as the Bible's? Why do we teach the
- It is from God.
- The men who wrote the Bible were infallibly influenced by
God's Holy Spirit.
- 2 Peter 1:21for prophecy never came by the will of man,
but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy
- 2 Tim 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of
God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man
of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good
- Being from God it is infallible.
- Matt 5:18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and
earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass
from the law till all is fulfilled. NKJV
- Matt 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words
will by no means pass away. NKJV
- Oceanography owes a great debt to the books of Matthew
Fontaine Maury. His discoveries have been of inestimable
help to navigators of the high seas. Maury acknowledged his
debt to the Bible for some of his scientific findings. One
day when he was ill, his son read Psalm 8 to him. When the
boy read the eighth verse, his father asked him to repeat
it: "The birds of the air, and fish of the sea, and all that
swim the paths of the seas." When the boy had finished, the
great scientist declared, "If there are paths in the sea, I
am going to find them." Today the great oceangoing vessels
follow the paths marked out by Maury, who believed they were
there because the Bible said they were. -- Robert C.
Shannon, 1000 Windows, (Cincinnati, Ohio: Standard
Publishing Company, 1997).
- Being from God it is unfathomable.
- Rom 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom
and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and
His ways past finding out! 34 "For who has known the mind of
the LORD? Or who has become His counselor?" 35 'Or who has
first given to Him And it shall be repaid to him?" NKJV
- It alone has the words that can bring life.
- The disciples came to Jesus because He alone had the words
- John 6:68 But Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom
shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. NKJV
- God's word gives life, spiritual life.
- Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,
for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who
believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
- It was at a missionary committee meeting in England that
the chairperson startled the people by claiming he had founded
a growing Christian group in India. They knew he had never been
outside of England. He explained that when he was five years
old, he had been impressed by a story of missions in India. He
didn't want to just put his penny in the box. The pastor had a
friend who was a missionary. The little boy bought a Bible, put
his own name on the flyleaf, and mailed it to India. The
missionary gave it to a poor man who had walked miles to ask
for a Bible. Twenty years passed, and a visitor to a remote
Indian village found the people there were Christians. No
missionary had ever visited them. But they showed him a
well-used New Testament with a boy's name on the flyleaf. --
Robert C. Shannon, 1000 Windows, (Cincinnati, Ohio: Standard
Publishing Company, 1997).
- It makes us better people.
- It has the power to change us by the power of God.
- Heb 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and
sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the
division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and
is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13
And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all
things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must
give account. NKJV
- It is God's cleanser.
- Eph 5:25-27 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ
also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That
he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of
water by the word, 27 That he might present it to
himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or
any such thing; but that it should be holy and without
- John 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have
spoken unto you. KJV
- It alone tells the truth about undiscoverable truths.
- The condition of mankind.
- The after life.
- How to be right with God and get to heaven.
- It also has a great deal to say about the things we
- How to raise children.
- How to have a happy marriage.
- How to succeed in life.
A clergyman took a seat in a dining car on a train traveling along
the Hudson River. Opposite him was an atheist who, seeing his
clerical collar, started a discussion. "I see you are a clergyman."
"Yes," came the reply. "I am a minister of the gospel." "I suppose
you believe the Bible." The clergyman, orthodox in his views,
responded, "I certainly do believe the Bible to be the Word of God."
"But aren't there things in the Bible you can't explain?" With
humility the minister answered, "Yes, there are places in the Bible
too hard for me to understand." With an air of triumph as though he
had cornered the preacher, the atheist asked, "Well, what do you do
then?" Unruffled, the clergyman went on eating his dinner--which
happened to be Hudson shad, a tasty fish but noted for its bony
structure. Looking up, he said, "Sir, I do just the same as when
eating this shad. When I come to the bones, I put them to the side of
the plate and go on enjoying my lunch. I leave the bones for some
fool to choke on. --James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited
(Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988) p. 43.
This message was preached at FBC
by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com/