THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date - 2-19-06
LESSON TITLE: "HELP MY UNBELIEF: I BELIEVE IN GOD'S WORD"
"Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust," Psalm 40:4! Who is your trust on this wondrous Lord's day morning? My hope and prayer is that it is God and that you have found happiness because of Him!
And now may I welcome you to our program. We are glad that you have chosen to assemble before almighty God today. Furthermore, as those who love and desire to serve Christ, what a privilege and opportunity this is to worship His glorious name. I hope and pray that we will each do our best to participate in this worship to God and to offer those sacrifices which are acceptable in His sight.
So, as we begin our reverence to God the Creator of all, won't you bow with me before His throne at this time.
Well, its time to begin our first song of the day. So, won't you do your part in praising God at this time, as we sing together, "Oh, Worship The King!"
(SONG # 1)
Every one of us experience problems in life. We all have trials, temptations, and even heartaches that arise on a regular basis and they often get us down. I am reminded of a beautiful Psalm which David wrote which said, "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all," Psalm 34:19. Wow, praise be to God that He is there to help us and deliver us out of these daily trails and tribulations.
However, we might wonder just how far is God willing to go? If you return to the same Psalm with me notice what he goes on to say in verse 20, "He guards all his bones; Not one of them is broken." Again in verse 22, he adds, "The LORD redeems the soul of His servants," How encouraging these thoughts are! And how they challenge us to turn to God, know he is there and to trust in Him to help us every step of the way.
A final verse I would like to mention is also from the same text. Back up in verse 17 beginning, there we read, "The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart," How wondrous it is to know that we have a God who is always by our side. A caregiver, deliverer and savior to all those who are His own. Are you a blessed child of God this day? I hope we have explored yet another reason which will challenge you to get your life right with God! Thus finding yourself, "safe in the arms of Jesus!"
In just a few minutes it will be time to begin our main study of the day. In connection to this, it is great to have a guest speaker with us this morning who is no stranger to us. We thank brother Adam Orr for being with us today and for his willingness to guide our thoughts in the teachings from God's Word. Brother Orr is the minister for the Fordland Church of Christ!
As far as our lesson, we are still engaged in our series entitled, "Help My Unbelief!" Our specific lesson of the day answers the question, "I Believe in God's Word!" So please stay with us for this study from God's Word, and brother Orr will be leading our thoughts at the appropriate time. Now let's join together in our next song of the morning. The name of this hymn, "Purer In Heart."
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Speaker: Adam Orr
Good morning! What a great opportunity it is and great pleasure for me to be with you this morning. I thank you once again for taking this time to devote to God in singing praises to Him and to hear another portion of His Word preached.
In Mark chapter 9 beginning about verse 14, Jesus is now coming off the mount, the mount that often is called "the Mount of Transfiguration" with His apostles, Peter and John. He's come down to the base of the mount and He sees a group that is gathered there. We see there that in the midst of that group is a young boy who has a mute spirit. That mute spirit is treating this boy very violently. It throws him down. It throws him into fire. It throws him into water. It is doing whatever it can to harm him. We see a very compassionate father, a father who comes to the Lord and he is asking Jesus to help him. Jesus' response to this man is, Jesus said, "If you believe, if you believe, all things are possible to those who believe." And the father's response, one of the most honest responses I believe we have in scripture, he says, "Lord, I believe. Please help my unbelief." I think if you and I were to be honest with ourselves, friends, we would think about times that you and I experienced these same times of unbelief. Yes, we believe in God. Yes, we believe in all that He can do for us, but sometimes, these times of unbelief, these thoughts of doubt can creep into our mind, and friend, it is at these times that we need to be the strongest.
So the question of this series is: How do we help ourselves in these times of unbelief?
Brother Ray did a good job last week discussing faith and the fact that we need to believe in God and what we must do in order to increase this faith.
I want you to turn your attention now to Romans chapter 10 and verse 17 where Paul says that "faith comes by hearing," and what does he say? "Hearing by the Word of God." It is this Word of God that you and I must have faith in. It is this Word of God that you and I must use in these times of unbelief, and so it is this Word of God, friend, that this morning you and I will be discussing.
I first want to answer the question: Why can we believe in the Bible? Why can we believe in the Bible? Have you ever had somebody come up to you and they say, "Why do you put so much stock in this one book? What is it about this one book that is so important to you? Why do you put all your faith, all your trust, everything into these pages?" Have you ever had somebody ask you that? What is your response? Do you have a good answer for them? You need one. You need to have that answer because people are always going to criticize. They are always going to ask these questions about the Word of God. So this morning, we need to answer that question first of all. Why can we believe this book to be the Word of God?
You know if you look at the Bible, its contents, and its composition, what is found within its pages, demand divine guidance. They demand something greater than man. You know, these pages were written over a period of 1600 years approximately by 40 different men. Now I'm asking you, how can that be so? How can that be so that all these things come together so harmoniously? 1600 years. 40 different men. You see, friends, this isn't one book. It is 66 books made up of or brought together to form this one book altogether with perfect harmony and without contradiction and while the Bible may have 40 different writers, I'm telling you this morning, it has one author. It comes together in perfect harmony. It comes together with no contradiction because there is only one author, that author being God Almighty. I challenge you to go to your own library.
I challenge you to pull off your favorite writer, perhaps it's a non-fiction writer, you pull him off the shelf, or her off the shelf, and you see what they had to say on a certain subject. Now fast-forward 10 years and pull that same author off the shelf and look at the same subject. Do they contradict themselves? I bet they do. I bet they have a view that has changed over just that short amount of time. But here's the Bible. 1600 years. Not one writer, but 40 different men ranging from kings to fishermen, all in perfect harmony with no contradictions.
2 Timothy chapter 3 and verse 16 says, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God. All scripture is God-breathed, thoroughly equipping the man of God." This is the only way, having that one writer, the only way that the Bible can be in perfect harmony as it is.
I also want to point out this morning that there are scientific facts found throughout the pages of the Bible that do not contradict science of today. The Bible is not a science book, but it does contain things within it that would agree totally with science of today, things that have been proven time and time again to be scientific fact. You know, in approximately 700 BC, Isaiah wrote of the circle of the earth. He wrote that the earth was round. Now that is 700 BC. I want you to fast-forward to 1492. You remember that year that Columbus sailed the ocean blue, as the kids say. Columbus, in his day, did not even know for sure that the earth was round. They weren't even totally sure that when they sailed out so far that they wouldn't fall off the edge because they weren't sure that the earth was round. How did Isaiah in 700 BC know that the earth was round when so many years later, just centuries ago, they weren't even sure of this fact. It could only point to inspiration. That's the only way he could have known by God telling him it was so.
In Job chapter 26 and verse 7, gravity is mentioned though not by name. Job there in chapter 26 talks about there being nothing out to the north and the earth hanging upon nothing, upon nothing! How did Job know that? Job is one of the oldest books in the entire Bible, perhaps the oldest, dating all the way back to 1500 BC. How did Job in 1500 BC know that gravity existed, that the earth hung on nothing when that wasn't discovered until just a short time ago? How did he know? He could only know by inspiration. He only could know by having the author of the Bible in his head, by having that inspiration of God, by his words being guided.
You see, if science and the Bible contradicted in only one way, we could throw it out, but they don't. They don't contradict at all with things that have been proven to be fact today. That's another reason that you and I in our times of unbelief can turn to this book. We can turn to the Bible to the Word of God and know it to be so.
One of the greatest proofs though, I believe, is found in prophecy. Prophecy made and later on fulfilled, one of the greatest proofs I believe. This morning, I just want to look at two examples, although you could look at thousands, I want to look at two examples, both concerning the birth of Christ. I am going to mention Isaiah again, this time chapter 7 and verse 14. Isaiah there says that the birth of the Messiah was to be done so through the birth of a virgin. It was to be a virgin birth. There in Isaiah chapter 7 and verse 14, he says, "Behold the virgin shall be with child and bear a son and they shall call His name Immanuel." That's the prophecy given by Isaiah. Again, Isaiah writing somewhere around 700 BC. Now I want you to fast-forward to the times when Christ was born. How could Isaiah have known that the birth of Christ would take place by means of a virgin? Do you know anybody who is born of a virgin? Oh sure, now we like to talk about artificial insemination, but do we know of anybody who is really born of a virgin? Do you know in the days of Christ, 2000 years ago, anyone who was born of a virgin? That just didn't take place everyday folks. Did it? Isaiah couldn't have known 700 years before that. This was miraculous. This was something that was going to take place and something that did take place and we'll read about it in Matthew chapter 1 beginning in verse 18 where it says, "Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother, Mary, was betrothed to Joseph (listen), before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit." "Before they came together," the Bible says, "she was found with child." Now look at verse 22. "So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken (listen) by the Lord through the prophet." Did you catch that? It was spoken by the Lord through the prophet. It was His Words given to the prophet. And it said the following, "Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son and they shall call His name, Immanuel, which is translated, God with us." This took place. It was prophesied and it took place some 700 years later. How could Isaiah have known but through inspiration of God? He couldn't have known. What a great proof this is.
In Fordland, on Wednesday nights, we've been discussing the minor prophets. One of my favorite prophecies is found there in Micah chapter 5 and verse 2 where it says that, "The Christ, the Messiah, the Ruler would be born in Bethlehem." Not Jerusalem. Not anywhere else. Not a big major city, but that small village, that small town of Bethlehem. He could have been born anywhere, but the Bible is very specific to prophecy, very specific. It says He was born in Bethlehem.
Again, I turn to Matthew chapter 2. It says there starting in verse 1, it says, "Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the King, behold wise men from the East came to Jerusalem saying, Where is He who has been born King of the Jews, for we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him." When Herod the King heard this, he was troubled and all of Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all of the chief priests and the scribes together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. Verse 5 says, "So they said to him, In Bethlehem of Judea for thus it was written by the prophet..." Herod says, "Where is he to be born?" and they said, "Well, I know exactly where He is to be born. He is to be born in Bethlehem? How do I know that? Because that's exactly what the prophet says." Then Matthew quotes there from the prophet Micah.
Friends, these are prophecies given to us. There are times that we might experience unbelief, but in these times we need to know that we can turn to the Bible because it has proven the test of time. It has so many facts, so many things that we can look to and we can know it to be the innerrent Word of God.
So, in the time remaining, I want to ask another question. Not only why can we put our trust in the Bible, but why must we believe in the Bible? Why must we? Friend, this morning, I want you to know that without the Bible, we would not know the love of God for us. We would not know all that He has done for us without these pages. Without this book, we wouldn't know. John chapter 16 tells us the ultimate way that God showed His love for us in sending His only son to die for us on the cross. We only can read about this in the Bible. In Matthew chapter 6, Jesus explains to us what God does for us in everyday life. He talks there about the birds of the air, about the lilies of the field. He talks there about the grass and how He clothes those things. He says, "Aren't you of much more value than they?" Friends, He loves us. He's going to take care of us and we can go to Him in these times of unbelief and know that He is looking out for us. What a great comfort that should bring. Also, within the pages of the Bible, we know that we have the power of God unto salvation.
Do you remember those words of Paul in Romans chapter 1 and verse 16 where he says, "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes for the Jew first and also for the Greek." The inspired apostle there was not ashamed of the gospel because he understood that this good news was the saving message. This good news that you and I have and hold today, we can turn to in times of unbelief and we can know that this not only tells us how to obtain that salvation by hearing this same Word, by believing in Jesus Christ, confessing His name before men, repenting of sin and being buried with Him in the waters of baptism to have our sins washed away. It tells us how to obtain that salvation, but then tells us how to live in order to keep that salvation. Turn to these pages in time of unbelief.
Turn with me now to 2 Peter chapter 1. There in 2 Peter chapter 1, look at verse 3. 2 Peter 1 and verse 3 says, "As His divine power has given to us all things that pertains to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue." He's given us some things? No. He's given us many things? No. The Bible says He's given us all things, all things that pertain to life. He's given us the knowledge of how to preserve it. He's given us the knowledge of how to obtain eternal life. He's given us the knowledge of how to keep that hope within us. So in times of unbelief, why can't we turn to it? Open your pages. Open this book. Study it. Know this to be the Word of God. Don't be caught up in unbelief.
Friends, this passage here in 2 Peter chapter 1 and verse 3 gives us a clear affirmation as to the sufficiency of God's Word. You see, nothing else will ever be needed. He's given us everything that we need, and you and I need to know that and to take hold of that and to never let that go.
This morning, I want to end by turning over to the book of Hebrews chapter 3. In Hebrews chapter 3, we see the story of the children of Israel. I want you to read there in chapter 3 verses 16-19. It says, "For who having heard rebelled, indeed was it not all who came out of Egypt led by Moses? Now with whom was he angry 40 years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? To whom did he swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief." That unbelief gripped them and at times, that unbelief is going to grip you and me. You see, friends, we can believe in the Bible. We must believe in it and in so doing, you and I can put away this unbelief.
(SONG # 3 - "Sinners Jesus Will Receive!")
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