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Our Beliefs About the Bible Have Implications


What we believe about the Bible, specifically about its authority and main focus, has implications. As we will see, it affects our personal relationship with the Lord and also has implications for the way we serve.

Our Beliefs about the Bible Affect our Relationship with God

The following issues will affect the kind of relationship we have with God.

The Authority of the Bible – Can the Bible be trusted?

If the Bible truly is inspired by God and can be trusted, then we should find ourselves believing what it says, obeying its precepts, and following the principles laid out in it.

If we think the Bible is not completely God’s Word and cannot be fully trusted, then we have the option of following what it says and can pick and choose what to believe.

Focus & Theme of the Bible – What is the Bible about?

If we think the Bible is a religious book about man’s efforts to reconcile with God, then we will tend to take a more legalistic approach and depend more on ourselves than on Him.  Life will be more centered around us and our accomplishments.

If we see the Bible as a love story about God’s efforts to reach man, then we will better understand grace and trust Him to work for our good even when we don’t understand life’s circumstances.  Life will be centered more around God and His purposes.

What We Believe about the Word Has Implications for Ministry

These same issues will affect the way we serve in our various ministries and how we help other people find God.

The Authority of the Bible – Can the Bible be trusted?

Those sold out to the authority of the Bible have a standard that is reliable and that must be used as a filter in all decisions.  Otherwise, ministry can quickly become everybody doing what is right in their own eyes which can only lead to inconsistencies and ineffectiveness.

Focus & Theme of the Bible – What is the Bible about?

Those seeing the focus of the Bible as God’s working will tend to get beyond the stories and commands to the God of Scripture who is the source and sustainer of life and the Savior of the world. Otherwise ministry could become about helping people to simply know what the Bible says and to follow a bunch of rules and regulations.  We will have religion over relationship.

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One Reply to “Our Beliefs About the Bible Have Implications”

  1. I can’t agree LESS! I trust the Word of God – it will judge me & you on the last day- John12 v 47, 48. He who remains faithful to the end shall be called faithful, not the end douter[s]! Thanks.

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