SuperNatural – The Power of God’s Word
From our Statement of Belief at GraceTown
We believe the Bible is the unchangeable, inspired Word of God to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.
In America, Bibles are everywhere. You can find them in grocery stores, bookstores, motel rooms, everywhere. They’re available in all sizes, shapes, translations, versions, leather bound, paperback. Every year the Bible out sells every other major bestseller. Last year there were 500 million Bibles published in the world in 18,000 different languages. In America we are glutted with the word of God on the airways, radio, TV, books, magazines. It’s everywhere. Yet millions of people still miss the blessing of the Bible.
The Bible is not just a book; it is a God breathed, God indwelt, God inspired message. We are to believe what the Bible says, not what we think it says of what someone else says that it says.
The Bible is God’s Word to man, written and preserved for eternity. It is God’s official declaration and final decision. When invoked, it sets the standard to which all circumstances must conform. it is the absolute truth and the foundation of our Christian Faith.
The Scriptures contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation! Read it to be wise, believe it to be saved, and practice it to be holy. Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of Glory, and a river of pleasure. It is the book of all books!
1. The Scriptures are Supernaturally Inspired By God
2 Timothy 3:16-17 AMP – Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action),17 So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Hebrews 4:12 NIV – “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to the dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
“The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.” Martin Luther
“If we take the supernatural out of Christianity all we are is a philosophy”
2 Peter 1:20-21 ESV – knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Charles Spurgeon said – “The Book is a divine production; it is perfect, and it is the last court of appeal, the judge which ends all strife. I would as soon dream of blaspheming my Maker as of questioning the infallibility of His Word.”
Scripture is of no private interpretation. God has an intended meaning for each passage. There is only one correct interpretation. God did not gives the Bible so that we could find in it what we want it to mean. God gave us the Bible so that we could study it diligently to find out what it actually means. Many applications but only one interpretation.
The Bible Is An Eastern Book
•It was not written for theologians.
•It was never intended to be exhaustive, only comprehensive.
•It was written with a supernatural frame of reference.
•It’s the oldest book in the world—whose Author is still alive.
•It can best be understood from the standpoint of experience.
•It is a “living” document. It’s Author hovers over the pages.
•It can be understood without the aid of Greek or Hebrew.
•The Holy Spirit will never lead you to do anything contrary to what He has already
Interesting Insights Concerning The Bible
•The Bible is a library made up of 66 books.
•Two main sections: the Old and the New Testament.
•The Old Testament has 39 books
•The New Testament has 27 books.
•These 66 books, have a total of 1,189 chapters
•The chapters total about 31,273 verses.
•The Bible was divided into chapters only 800 years ago.
o (More than 1100 years after New Testament written.)
•In A.D. 1551 the New Testament was divided into verses.
•20 minutes a day, read the whole Bible in one year.
Pope Francis said, “If faith is to be strong and healthy, it must be constantly nourished by the Word of God.”
2. The Scriptures were not given to increase our knowledge but to supernaturally transform our lives
Matthew 7:24-27 ESV – “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Mark Twain said, “It ain’t the those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.”
“People do not reject the Bible because it contradicts itself but because it contradicts them.”
Joshua 1:8 NIV – “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
“Dusty Bibles always lead to dirty lives. In fact, you are either in the Word and the
Word is conforming you to the image of Jesus Christ, or you are in the world and
the world is squeezing you into its mold.” Howard Hendricks
Psalms 1:1-3 ESV – Blessed is the man[a] who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law[b] of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
3. Knowing God’s Word is the Pathway to Knowing God well
John 5:39 NIV– “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me..”
John Calvin said, “We owe to the scripture the same reverence which we owe God bc it proceeded from Him alone and has nothing belonging to man mixed with it”
God and His Word are the same
John 1:1-5 ESV – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life,[a] and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Everything we are spiritually is because of God’s Word at work in our life. Therefore you will never be more spiritual than you are scriptural.
John 6:63 ESV – It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
Growing in the knowledge of the Word of God is essential to growing in the SuperNatural! The Words of God is the Works of God!
4. God’s Word will Outlast heaven or earth
Matthew 24:35 ESV – Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Bottom line: God’s word is eternal. Hold on to it! It will last longer than your problems
I Peter 1:23-25 ESV – since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for “All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, 25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
“God’s Word is not obsolete, it is absolute.”
John 15:4-7 ESV – Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
5. Be Persuaded to Read the Word of God Habitually
Luke 4:16-19 ESV – And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
The Secret to your spiritual success is hidden in the daily routine of reading God’s Word
Spending time with God should be a lifelong habit, not a passing fancy. Research shows you need to do something for about six weeks straight to build a habit. Make God’s Word part of your life today — and for the rest of your life.
Hebrews 10:16 ESV – “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,”
“In our prayers, we talk to God, in our Bible study, God talks to us, and we had better let God do most of the talking.” – D.L. Moody
John 8:31 NKJV – Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
When you get interested in God’s Word you get interested in God
•You can hear it, You can read it,You can study it,You can memorize it, You can meditate on it, and You can apply it
Charles Spurgeon said, “Nobody ever outgrows scripture, the book widens and deepens with our years.”