Sermon by Joshua Chipchase
Preached on June 25, 2017
I was once talking with a fellow soldier about the Bible. Another soldier came up and rebuked me saying I shouldn’t follow the Bible because it was for the people way back then, but does not apply to us now. He said, “Don’t follow the Bible, follow Jesus.”
How would you respond to that? I think that in order to find the answer we must look at what Jesus Himself thought about the Scriptures. Let’s look at 5 points.
Jesus believes that the Scriptures had divine authority. Matthew 15:1-6.
a. Instead of following man-made traditions we need to follow the commandments of God, which are found in the Scriptures.
b. What Scripture says, God says. Compare Matthew 19:5 with Genesis 2:24.
c. Jesus believed that the Scriptures had absolute divine authority, shouldn’t we?
Jesus believes that Scripture has no error. Matthew 5:17-19.
a. When you open up your Bible you can trust that every part of it is applicable today.
b. God’s Word is perfect down to the smallest part of the smallest letter.
c. There are many out there with PhD’s and big libraries who will try to tell you that the Bible contains errors, contradictions, or mistakes. “But the Son of God, the Creator of heaven and earth, the Savior of the world, the Prince of Peace, the Lord of lords, the King of kings, the Messiah–Jesus Christ says that the Bible is perfect, contains no errors, and is 100% trustworthy and reliable. Who do you think you’re going to believe?”
Jesus believes that the Scriptures have the power to save. Luke 16:19-31.
a. Every single one of us is going to spend eternity in either heaven or hell. Once we get there we will not be able to get out.
b. The rich man was saying that the Bible was not enough, but that his brothers needed a miracle.
c. It is not a miracle that saves us, but a message. That message is contained in Moses and the Prophets (i.e. the whole OT).
d. Look at the Pharisees and all the miracles they saw, yet refused to believe.
e. What a comfort for evangelism. I don’t need to be a genius; I just have to speak the Bible!
Jesus believes that the Scriptures have the power to sanctify. John 17:17.
a. You need to immerse yourself in this Book if you want to grow.
b. When your walk with the Lord isn’t going well it is probably because you have been neglecting the sanctifying Word of God.
c. Observe how Jesus quoted the Old Testament to fend off the temptations of satan (Matt. 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13).
d. Jesus believes that this Book can sanctify and change people. Do you believe that?
Jesus believes that the Scriptures are focused on Christ. Luke 24:25.
a. They should have already known about the Christ and what He was going to do.
b. Not just one book, or even a few, but all of the books in the OT point to Him, even if only implicitly. The Scriptures are Christocentric.
c. Many believe that the main message of the Bible is to help must us into moral people. But if that is the case we are doomed!
So how do you respond to somebody who says, “Don’t follow the Bible, follow Jesus.” Our response should be, “I believe the Bible BECAUSE I follow Jesus. I follow Jesus; THEREFORE I follow the Bible.