Attending the Word

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”—Ps. 119:105.

In our twenty-first-century world something has gone missing. Even in some Christian circles the Bible has been relegated to a museum or to gathering dust on a library shelf. There is little doubt that as the Bible has been set aside, our society has taken a downward turn.

This past Sunday I stood in the pulpit at Harvest Baptist Tabernacle in Jonesboro, Georgia. With a microphone pinned to my chest and the volume turned loud enough everybody could hear, I held my Bible up before them. I told them that the Bible is God’s Word, in­spired of God, therefore inerrant (without error) and consequently infallible. I further stated that since God Himself preserved it for us, it is pure and it is powerful. Since the text is accurate, I declared its authenticity and made the case that it should be treated as author­itative for all of us.

None of us would know the truth of the Gospel and none of us would be saved, but for the Word of God.

“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”—II Tim. 3:15.

I cannot overstate how import­ant I believe the Bible is for a Chris­tian, but here are some things I hope you will understand about its significance.

1. You cannot ascertain the will of God without the Word of God.