In this sermon, Pastor Neil argues that the Bible is “an indispensable weapon.” It is a book that is essential for our spiritual growth. Here are some excerpts:

The benefits of God’s Word, as Paul points out, have to do with both our creed and our conduct, our beliefs and our behavior, what we believe and how we live. “As for our creed,” writes Stott, “Scripture is profitable for teaching the truth and refuting error” (NEB). As for our conduct, it is profitable “for reformation of manners and discipline in right living” (NEB). If we hope to overcome error and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18), if we hope to overcome evil and grow in holy living, “then it is to Scripture that we must primarily turn, for Scripture is profitable for these things” (Stott, 103).

How God Uses the Bible

In fact, the Bible is the primary means God uses to bring us – to bring you, to bring me, to bring the man of God, to bring the woman of God, to bring every child of God, to bring everyservant of God – to spiritual maturity (Stott, 103). You cannot expect to go forward in the Christian life, you cannot expect to grow toward maturity in your life as a Christian, if you do not regularly – daily – spend time reading or listening to God’s Word and working it into your life…

Read the Bible Daily

…God doesn’t give us the capacity to understand everything in His Word all at once. The Bible is not a book you only have to read once, and then you can move on to other things. Our hearts and minds are not equipped to take it all in, to process it and understand it and apply it, all at once. You have to keep reading it, processing it, and working it into your life. Through the slow drip of reading and meditating on God’s Word day after day, week after week, year after year, decade after decade, God reveals more and more of Himself to us. He teaches us more and more of His truth, showing us how His Word relates to life in ways we never noticed before. He shapes us more and more into His likeness.

The Indispensable Weapon

Not only is the Bible not a “book you don’t have to read,” it is the book you’ve got to read and keep on reading. It is the book you – we – can’t do without. So I implore you not toignore or neglect the Bible in your daily life. Do not just give lip service to the importance of the Bible. Read it. Turn to it for spiritual nourishment and guidance every day. It is the sure foundation on which to build your life (Matthew 7:24-27);  the manna from heaven. It is “an indispensable weapon” (Ephesians 6:17, MSG) in the spiritual battles we encounter in this world. The indispensable weapon…

July 15, 2018

2 Timothy 3:14-17

Dr. Neil Smith

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