by Pat McIntosh

The Bible is a book that has received more attention than other book in history. For some, it is
the most popular book of all-time. For others, it is the most hated and therefore the most
attacked. As of the year 2012, it has been translated into more than 500 languages. Men have lost their lives since the days after the first century simply for wanting to put the Bible in the hands of the “normal citizen.” It has comforted the hearts of the grieving, provided for the salvation of
the lost, but has also been the focal point of many jokes and much derision and sarcasm.

An aging Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy indicating that “all Scripture is inspired of God” (2
Tim. 3:16). The word “inspired” means different things to different people. Some see inspiration
as simply being motivated to do something. Poets and authors through the years have been
moved by sunsets and other beautiful scenes of nature and have been “moved” to pen great
poems are paint what are now considered to be masterpieces. But, the word Paul used has a
completely different meaning. Literally, Paul told Timothy that the Scriptures are “Godbreathed.”
In other words, the Holy Spirit “moved” men to write what God wanted written in
revealing His will to man.

We must also note that Paul told Timothy that “all” Scripture is inspired of God. Many have a
tendency to “pick and choose” the parts they like while discarding that which they don’t want to
follow or choose to believe. We do not have that freedom. It is not like the buffet at Golden

May we be those who treasure the Scriptures as the very “breath” of God. He has revealed His
will to us for our benefit. May we lay hold of that treasure and apply it in all walks of life.

Sunday A.M. Sermon – God’s Inspired Word (2 Tim. 3:14-17)

  1. Evidence – Mk. 16:17-20; Heb. 2:4
  2. Nature – Jno. 12:48-50; Titus 2:11-12; 2 Pet. 1:3
  3. Function – 2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Cor. 2:10-13; Eph. 3:3-5; 2 Pet. 1:19-21
  4. Scope – Jno. 16:13; Acts 20:26-31; Rev. 22:19
  5. Misunderstandings – Gal. 5:3

Sunday P.M. Sermon – “There is One Hope” (2 Pet. 1:1-11)

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