Why is the authority of scripture essential to church health?
Scripture is essential because this is how God brings ______________.
(Genesis 1, 12, Exodus 3, Ezekiel 37, John 1, Romans 10, Philippians. 2:16)
The _________________________ is the power of God for salvation and we have been commanded to ____________________________ it. (Romans 1:16, Mark 16:15)
The Word of God reforms, or ____________________________, man.
(2 Chronicles 34, John 17:17, Ephesians 5:25-26, Hebrews 4:12)
Why preach expositionally, though?
Scripture is not the word of __________________, but of God.
(1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Peter 1:20)
Those who preach/teach will be held __________________________ for preaching/teaching faithfully. (2 Timothy 4:1-2; Hebrews 13:7, 17, James 3:1)
All scripture is ___________ - _______________ and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)
What about the rest of us?
(This last part is not found in the sermon, but is helpful to remember.)
For scripture to be central in our church, it must be central in each of our lives. This means we must not only commit to hearing the Word, but also to be doers of the Word. (James 1:22)