Myself and the other elders at Grace Bible recently began reading ‘Twenty Christian Beliefs ‘ by: Wayne Grudem. The book is a condensed (159 pgs) version of Grudem’s much larger book, Systematic Theology (1200+ pgs). The first chapter ‘What Is the Bible?’ covers the authority, clarity, necessity, and sufficiency of The Bible. I thoroughly enjoyed this chapter, and really enjoy any good literature and conversation about the Bible. Did you know the longest chapter in the Bible (Psalm 119) is a about God’s Word, the Bible? God knows he gave us a great treasure in revealing himself to us in his Word. Do we?
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from this first chapter:
“Any responsible look at a single Christian belief should be based on what God says about the subject. Therefore, as we begin a to look at a series of basic Christian beliefs, it makes sense to start with the basis for these beliefs—God’s words, or the Bible”
“If God claims that the words of Scripture are his own, then there is ultimately no higher authority on can appeal to for the proof of this claim than Scripture itself. For what authority could be higher than God?”
“…we are to seek and obey the words of Scripture, for in doing so, we are seeking to obey God himself”
“…the Bible is written in such a way that all things necessary to become a Christian, live as a Christian, and grow as a Christian are clear.”
“…in order to become a Christian, ordinarily one must either read about it in the Bible or have someone else explain what the Bible is says about it.”
“…the Bible is our only source for clear and definite statements about God’s will.”
“While the Bible might not directly answer every question we can think up—for “the secret things belong to the Lord our God” (Deut 29:29)—it will provide us with the guidance we need “for every good work” (2 Tim 3:17)
“…in our doctrinal, ethical, and moral teachings and beliefs, we should be content with what God has told us in Scripture.”
This chapter was an informative inspiring reminder of the importance of God’s Word in the life of every Christian, and the life of our Faith Family, the Church.