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What is the Bible?

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How do we know the Bible is true? Pastor Eugene explains why we can trust the Bible and encourages all to attend the first session of Equip 2020 this Saturday (3.30-5.30pm) on "What is the Bible?" to find out more.

I was talking with my son Zachary one day and he asked me, “How we do know the Bible is true?” 

“We know the Bible is true because it is God’s word,” I replied. 

Zachary thought for a moment before responding with another question: “But how do we know the Bible is God’s word?” 

You may have had a similar conversation with someone else, or you may be wondering about such questions yourself. What is the Bible? Why should we trust it and make it central to our lives? Why should we devote ourselves to reading, study, listening to and obeying the Bible? 

Our faith is founded on divine revelation, not self-discovery. We did not come up with ways to worship God ourselves. Instead, He revealed the truth to us so that we might know Him. How has God spoken? The Living Word has revealed Himself to us in the flesh. He has also caused the testimony concerning Him to be written down by various authors in various times. The Bible—both the Old and New Testaments—points to Jesus Christ, the eternal Word of God made flesh. 

For this reason, Christians have been referred to as the “People of the Book”. The Bible is the supreme authority for our faith and lives. It is no ordinary book, for it is the very word of God. Being certain about what the Bible is strengthens our faith and assurance. It anchors our confidence in God, so that we are not “tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (Eph 4:14). 

Towards the end of his life, the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy to exhort him to remain faithful. How did he encourage his younger protégé? He reminded Timothy of how “the sacred writings…are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim 3:15). Indeed, all Scripture is God-breathed. Thus it is useful for teaching, reproof, correction and training in righteousness. It is able to fully equip believers for every good work. Scripture is authoritative, necessary, sufficient and clear. Therefore, Timothy is to faithfully preach the word, in both good and bad times (2 Tim 3:16-17; 4:2). 

Understanding the nature of Scripture and why we should trust it is vital for our steadfastness in the faith. Kevin DeYoung wrote in his helpful book, Taking God at His Word, “Ultimately we believe the Bible because we believe in the power and wisdom and goodness and truthfulness of the God whose authority and veracity cannot be separated from the Bible. We trust the Bible because it is God’s Bible. And God being God, we have every reason to take him at his word.” 

This Saturday (Jan 11), we will be starting a new series of Equip classes focusing on the fundamentals of the faith. Our first session will address the question “What is the Bible?” I would like to encourage you to attend and build a firm foundation for your life on the rock of God’s truth. The session will run from 3.30-5.30pm in Room 310. 

This Sunday, we will hear from Luke 3:21-38 about how Jesus Christ is confirmed as God’s beloved Son. I pray that God will prepare our hearts to receive His word with joy. 

Our quarterly congregational meeting for GBC members will take place at 11am after service this Sunday (Jan 12). We will introduce the new members who have joined us over the past quarter. The elders will also share some ministry highlights for 2020, as well as put forward their recommendations for new elders. Do come and hear about what God is doing in our midst.