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Why I Believe - Why I Believe in the Bible, Part 2

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August 25, 2022 6:00 am

Why I Believe - Why I Believe in the Bible, Part 2

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August 25, 2022 6:00 am

If you’ve ever wondered if the Bible is true – this program is for you. Chip puts the Bible on trial and lays out a case for the authenticity of scripture. He presents evidence that the Bible, as we have it today, IS reliable. And is the true, Word of God - just as meaningful to us, as it was to its first readers.

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If someone like one of your children or grandchildren are best friends and challenge your belief in the Bible that it's actually the word of God.

Would you be able to give them a confident explanation that would really make sense to them today working to help you know why you can have full confidence in the Bible, and answer those honest challenges with the winsome and loving attitude that reveals your joy, incompetence in God's statement. Thanks for listening to this Edition of Living on the Edge Chip Ingram, Living on the Edges of international discipleship ministry focused on helping Christians like Christians. This program ship continues a series why I believe by putting the Bible on trial asking is the Bible just about ancient stories influenced by culture. After culture or is it really the authentic Palestine chip share the first three reasons to believe in the accuracy and authority of the Bible just a minute he'll highlight more compelling reasons but before we begin. If this is your first time listening to Living on the Edge you just want to learn more about what we do go to Living on the Edge.there you'll find tons of resources on a wide range of topics, and countless programs. Joy with her now is chip with part two of his message.

Why I believe in the Bible everyone. Trust someone's work.

You are going to trust someone's word about all kind of things in life. What I'm telling you is the evidence is overwhelming. We can trust God's word and prophecy is the thing that took me over the edge and help me to hang on. In fact, let me give you a few examples. Just a very small collection of specific prophecies and you'll see a little bit later there's a passage that goes with each one. Things like it was prophesies in Genesis 3. He's going to be born of a woman and then later he'd be born of the virgin from Isaiah 7 to be a descendent of Abraham and of the tribe of Judah house of David. Think of all these things predicted where in the little town called Bethlehem that there would be this John the Baptist, a forerunner that would come before him, and he would be described to me very specifically he have an anointing of the Holy Spirit in a preaching ministry in a healing ministry is the specific things like his role as a prophet's role as a priest. The time that he would appear that he would be betrayed an exact amount of money in this hundreds of years earlier. 30 silver coins predicted and that's how he would be betrayed he'd be abandoned by his disciples silent before his accusers beaten and spat upon, mocked his hands and feet pierced me think of that. How in the world of the psalmist. No crucifixion was not even invented yet and it's described in Psalm 22. All I want to tell you is prophecy was one of most powerful things that help me hold onto my faith when I had my doubts and I want to type something. I don't think it's bad and I don't think it's wrong to doubt. I think there's times where you struggle or someone challenges your faith.

I'm glad that PhD student said what he said. I'm glad that I realized I did have confidence what I want to ask you is do you have confidence in God's work. Are you unashamed of the gospel are you unashamed can you say you know what I believe the Bible is the word of God and I'm to stand on that.

I believe that is true, but in order to do that you have to have some facts and you need to know that it really is trustworthy and the next question that came to my mind as if everything I've said so far is true and I'm telling you it is and you can verify what about this one really big question. What if all that is true about the Bible that Jesus was talking about but we had this small little problem of 2000 years, and we all play the game right as little kids telephone this person speaks it to this person who speaks to this person speak to this person, like 20 people later.

Whatever they said the beginning is completely different. What about the transmission of the Scripture. Now here's what I have to tell you, and this is scholars, both religious scholars who are liberal and conservative, the amazement that they have is the most well preserved book in all antiquity is the Bible.

Are you ready for this. The transmission of the Scripture is nothing less than miraculous the Bible's purity and perseverance throughout the centuries is nothing less literally it's it's almost a miracle up there with the resurrection. The meticulous copy of the scribes and the rabbis I mean it was copied in such a way where they would count over so many letters count down so many letters and every time they would check it when they got done with the page and if they were one letter off. They destroyed it and started over. The proximity of manuscripts that when you're looking at ancient document.

Here's what scholars look at they say okay when was actually written okay got that. So when is our first copy of it and then how many copies do we have right may not make sense like so when did this guy say Homer, when did he write this and I when is our first copy that we have of it and how many copies will they do that with all whether it's Shakespeare or whether it's Homer Weathers.

Plato weathered Socrates let me show you a little chart should blow your mind and give you on believable confidence that here's the deal. The book that I hold in my hand is accurate in the same word of 2000 years ago.

Disable chip. How do you know that look at this transmission. Plato lived in 420 7347, the earliest copy we have of his writing is 980. So from the time he wrote it to the time we get the first copy. Are you ready 1200 years and how many copies do we have.

We only have seven I mean that's mind-boggling.

And yet no one questions that Plato right that you have the same thing here with Aristotle you know you look at the first copy A/D 1100 1400 years from when he wrote it and how many copies 49 mean people talk about Homer in the Iliad and the important book in wild 900 BC is when he lived. Our first copy 400 BC and you hit your scholars talk about. It's only been 500 years and look at how many copies over 600 now look at the New Testament A/D 40 to 100 is when it was written. Our first copies A/D one 2525 years. We have 24,643 either full new Testaments or fragments. It is the best preserved document in all of antiquity. Here's what I know what I hold in my hands is the word of God, and in fact there's one other thing that if you think the transmission blows your mind there was a little shepherd boy a better one and he's got a sheep.

It's not 1947 and you know kids he takes rocks and throws them up in the cave and those of of the cave and here's a crash.

Well, they discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls.

There were jar after jar after jar of these clay pots filled with I mean hundreds and hundreds of scrolls and here's what it did. We ended up having okay here's a copy of Old Testament and some New Testament documents and here's another copy but it's a thousand years earlier, you say so while they copy the copy the copied but the telephone game. There really different when they took on the put them together you ready less than 5% difference.

I mean literally that which was written a thousand years earlier. The only difference is a couple different letters the word light is spelled little bit differently in Isaiah 53 here's what I want you know when you look at prophecy when you look at transmission. When you look at how God has preserved his word.

You never have to be ashamed. In fact, his promises are true and as you take his word into your life. It's living it's active. It's sharper than a two-edged sword. It brings life changes attitudes.

It breaks addictions and gives direction to convicts of sin, and gives life and encouragement. In fact, the final reason that I believe in the Bible is the impact that it has the power that it has, to transform lives is overwhelming as a young Christian like many men and probably many more now with the Internet going the way it is. I struggled with one particular sin that no matter how hard I tried I just could not get over it took to the point that was ready to give up the Christian life. There were four girls for every guy were I went to college and I did not grow up as a believer. So my thinking about women and lost than all the rest was pretty well ingrained.

And so I come to know Christ to begin reading the Bible. I make great progress except in this one area.

I mean that my behavior begin to straighten up my thought life was just or when I saw all different girls. My eyes did not go to their eyes.

It went everywhere else and then my mind started I felt so guilty and so bad in a tried and tried and tried and tried, no matter what I did. I just could never break free of lost and then I had a roommate who was on his way to a sort of a Christian training program and had to memorize 60 verses is sort of the preparation and I was basketball player and he was on the wrestling team and we had this sort of banter and you know good competition so he leaves the room.

One day I take all of his verse is all right among cards and he's going to do like Beano to every week and I'm thinking wrestlers to a week. I'm a basketball player I'm in, memorize one every day, review it and get these perfect and I'm just going to show up in about three or four weeks and Jessica will follow about how you come in and I'm to do all 60 of them and nail him my motivation was terrible, but God's word is powerful.

I can still remember day 21 I memorize 21 verses I was reviewing them. I mean literally running to baseball practice with cards sitting in psychology class why he would drone on.

I'm reviewing cards. Day 21 on outside the library, and a very beautiful coed is a very committed Christian who I really liked and actually had low feelings for and I felt always guilty when I lusted for her and I remember having a conversation with her and we got done and I walked away and I realized my eyes only met her eyes, and then I went to my room and I thought what is happened I don't get it.

And then I made the connection. I didn't know Romans 12 to then I didn't know don't be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. How does that happen God's word. I didn't know the word of God had power to break addictions. I did know that when you are tempted.

If you have God's word in your heart. He would protect you. How can a young man keep his way pure by guarding it, according to his word. Your word I've hid in my heart that I might not sin against the and then you know what I just went nuts. I just realize this is how were. I mean there's power in God's word so I memorize a 60 verses nine I memorized a bunch more. I started taking where are all the problems in my life and I would find a verse or promise, and I would write the problem then I would memorize the verse. All I can tell you God transform my thinking. Transform my life. The word of God is powerful. Jeremiah would say your word was found and I ate it and it became for me a delight in the joy of my heart and so as we wrap things up. Here's what I want to tell you, God's word is reliable.

God's word is credible. What you hold in your hand is the Bible that Jesus used what you holding your hand can stand up to scrutiny anywhere at any time. And here's the question. It's one thing to believe it's true right okay Chip, I agree with you that's that's wonderful evidence that is actually pretty amazing. I have a lot more confidence.

Here's my last question that book with all that power. That's that credible sitting on your shelf and not getting into your mind into your heart does absolutely nothing. I've done a fair bit of counseling over the years and I will tell you there is an amazing correlation between people have really big problems and really big struggles in relationships and finances and addictions and almost no time at all in God's word and when I make Christians. It spends time in God's word.

Over time, and always feel like it, but develop the habit of studying and reading and memorizing the Scripture, I will tell you what happens is, God gives them grace.

See, we all believe God has power. Can I tell you something, he takes the written word and he makes it the living word and as you memorize it and digested, and this isn't reading little devotionals. I'm glad for all the little devotionals you and I need to be in the actual word of God, ourselves, and take it in and learn to study it and then apply it, and I will tell you what the spirit of the living God will take the living word and he will transform your life. Father I pray I pray has America like never before. And Christians all around the world as we struggle to be Christians who live like Christians, God, would you give us a hunger and a thirst for your word would you help us please to set aside media and Facebook can and surfing and TV and hobbies to make first and foremost time with you and time in your word and then enjoy all those other things as time allows. The Lord might we read it, might we study it, might we memorize it. Might we believe it and might your life be reproduced inside of us that our thoughts are words or actions would literally be the love of Christ exhibited out of our hands or feet are words in her life for your glory and for our good and for the testimony of light and salt and all the world God. We know you want to answer that. I pray for my brothers and sisters. You will make the men, women and students of the living and abiding word of God in Jesus name the right. This application this message why I believe in the Bible. Let me ask you how confidently can you answer questions about God and the Bible pretty sure of yourself or you feel unprepared. Wishing you would've paid a little more attention in Sunday school. Through this six part series chip will help you better understand the bedrock concepts of the Christian faith and how you can communicate the truth and engaging ways to others of you want to learn more.

Let me encourage you to check out Chip's book.

Why I believe, or the small group resources. These are the perfect tools to help you go deeper. For complete details, go to the chipping room up or call AAA 333-6003 will chips in studio with me now and chip and was many of our regular listeners know our mission is to help Christians really live like Christians and I understand you have a story that really brings that idea to life. I sure do. Dave at some point you wonder you know is Living on the Edge really making a difference and I got a note in the mail that I just have to share. Listen to this dear Chip, we don't have enough words that show our gratitude. At one point my husband and I both thought things were so bad they never get better, but thankfully I heard one of your sermons that spoke to her situation. So I started listening on a regular basis now.

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I don't want to briefly speak to each one of these groups. Number one I want to speak to you who are skeptics.

I have been there. I have lived that I used to laugh at the Bible. I laughed at people who believed in the Bible. And here's what I want to challenge you to do. I want to challenge you to read through the New Testament wants it in a pretty easy to read translation for yourself and want you to read it with this one. Prayer prior to opening it up. I mean your your intellectual person or you wouldn't call yourself a skeptic, you have real questions will stop believing what everyone else says about the Bible and about Jesus. If you've never checked it out for yourself. So here's what you do.

The most important and central figure in all history is Jesus. You owe it to yourself to open the New Testament with this prayer dear God, if there is a God. And if you exist reveal yourself to me. I'm going to read this with an open mind and if you reveal yourself to me in a way that I can understand and really make sense. I will follow you and then just read right in the New Testament, I challenge you to do that. Don't reject what you know only secondhand the second group I want to talk to is what maybe someone will call a cultural Christian you intellectually believe in the Bible, but candidly you don't read the Bible. Currently you don't study the Bible you're not looking for promises from the Bible about big issues in your life.

But as I was speaking as I was talking about the reality and the revelation of how God works in our life and that it's alive and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and that it's dynamic and that the personal God of the universe would speak to you. Something was happening inside and part of you said I would like to get to know God like that in your next thought was, I've tried to read the Bible before, and I don't get it. It's a close book to me it's super confusing. Here's what I want you to know, go to our website that's and we've developed an online video course called how to hear God's voice in Scripture. I'm actually going to teach you how to study the Bible in a simple way that you can actually understand it's a very short five-part series and even more than know how to study the Bible and begin to understand it and it makes sense, which is super important. You actually begin to hear God's voice shall actually speak to you because that's what the Bible is really all about. And finally, I want to say a word to a committed follower that you're just sort of saying he had Chip go for it. I love his word. I'm in his word. I study it I read it.

I've memorized it. God has changed my life. Here's what I want to ask you, are you passing it on. Are you making disciples who are you taking through what you've learned how are you helping your kids or grandkids may be some people at church. Here's the goal.

Would you be willing to join with me in Living on the Edge and take this study why I believe and do it with the group. High school kids, a group of university students may be handful of men are a handful of women or say this is what we do for a couple study your a Sunday school class.

Let's do this study learn what we believe and why. And then learn how to transmit this truth to the next generation in the way they can engage and really understand it. Let's go for it together. Thanks to what you know a great way to get plugged in with those resources. Chip just mentioned is through the chipping remap. There you can listen to past series sign up for daily discipleship. Download the message notes and much more. Let us help you experience God in a new personal way.

Starting today with the chipping remap will join us next time. This trip continues a series why I believe in Silva this is Dave saying thanks for listening to this Edition of Living on the Edge

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