It’s Not Too Late

Posted: January 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

whywebelieveLet me encourage you, if you haven’t already, to come out and join us for adult Sunday school in the CE Hall following the morning service. We are going through an excellent study on Why We Believe the Bible and even though we are three sessions in, it is not too late to join us! If you do, I guarantee that you will benefit greatly from the in-depth teaching and well lead classroom discussion. To give you an idea of what it’s about, here is a review from Nathan Pitchford

Of all the essential doctrines of Christianity, perhaps the most foundational are the doctrines of the scriptures – what they are, why they matter, whether they really are inspired and inerrant in the original manuscripts – for the great foundational doctrines of our eternal salvation through Christ and his cross are all firmly rooted in the bible alone. It is evident, therefore, that one of the most pressing necessities for all believers is that they be taught to know with certainty what books make up the inspired scriptures and the foundational premises for studying them carefully, trusting them implicitly, and defending them unwaveringly. John Piper’s series on Why We Believe the Bible is an excellent resource for such a purpose, and a tool I would eagerly recommend for Christians desirous of a more stable foundation or a more God-honoring approach to interacting with cynics and skeptics on the vital topic of the Word of God.

The DVD lectures begin by unpacking the vast importance of knowing what the bible is and why it is true, and go on to a sound, biblical defense for the canonicity of the sixty-six books in the Protestant canon – a segment priceless for anyone dealing with either Roman Catholic/Orthodox Christians, who believe in a different Hebrew canon, or modern atheist skeptics who scoff at the New Testament canon. Following is a brief but helpful defense of the careful preservation of the original Word of God in the multiplicity of preserved manuscript copies, and a stirring walk through Jesus’ amazing attitude toward and teaching on the Old Testament scriptures.

But perhaps the most helpful portion of all is the second half of the series of lectures, in which Piper keys off the Westminster Confession, and borrowing heavily from Calvin’s Institutesdefends the utter supremacy, inerrancy and infallibility of scriptures by reason of their majesty, purity, harmony in all their parts, and the purpose of the whole to give glory to God alone and reveal to man his only hope for eternal salvation. Leaning on the first chapter of Romans, Piper demonstrates how perfectly these doctrines are suited to commend themselves to what men may know of God from natural revelation; but in the final analysis, he demonstrates from the scriptures themselves that only the Holy Spirit may bear certain testimony to their utterly divine and reliable character in the hearts of men. They are, in Calvin’s phrase, finally “self-authenticating”.

Throughout the DVDs, Piper carries on the teaching with lucidity and holy zeal. The most difficult topics are clearly explained and passionately proclaimed, and the material throughout is deeply devotional and intensely practical. This will be a rich and rewarding course of study for believers everywhere, from the youngest and most immature to the well-seasoned.

“The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” – Psalm 19:7-11 (ESV)

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