Where is the Bible?

This post by my daughter is quite insightful. She is on a personal journey, visiting different churches. Unfortunately I think her insight is spot on. Too many churches (and Christians) give lip-service to the importance of the Scriptures even as their actions say something different.

Somewhat related to this, we have grown by 35-40% in the past three years mostly from people changing churches or Christians moving into the area. We have also noted that there seems to be a certain level of biblical illiteracy and theological ignorance – even among long-time Christians and church attenderes. I was talking with someone about a renewed church strategy to equip the saints, and deal with these issues. He was quite excited, but hoped that that didn’t mean we were going to be doing more teaching!

This post by Phil Johnson on the Pulpit Magazine site speaks to this issue from a slightly different perspective. This is something of a summary (the first five in the series have links at the start of the post).

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16, ESV)

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:1-5, ESV)

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