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The Purpose and Ministry of the Scriptures

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The sermon is to persuade the child of God that everything we need to know to behave properly in this world is found in the scriptures.

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INTRODUCTION

I am elephant elated and hippopotamus happy to be able to see God move today. I have been waiting with eager anticipation for this day because today I have the privilege and the pleasure of baptizing one who believes enough to sit down and check out some things for himself. Let me say to Jacob and I am sincerely proud of you because faith in God only works when you diligently seek Him. I asked you to get acquainted with the National Baptist Convention’s “Articles of Faith”. An Article of Faith is an unshakable belief in something without need for proof or evidence. The conscientious reader would have noticed that the first Article of Faith is “The Scriptures”. And then Jacob I’m wondering did you observe that every other article following the first article began with the phrase “We Believe that the scriptures teach?” I want you to know today that that is significant because our faith is situated and settled in the scriptures. Furthermore, it has special significance today for Christians because the scriptures were written specifically for believers.
Paul wrote to the Jewish and Gentile believers at Rome:

SCRIPTURE READING

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

CONTEXT OF THE TEXT

The believers in Rome were a group of people who had come from different places, they had different experiences, and different viewpoints. What Paul was addressing in these last few chapters of this book was the threat of these differences upon the unity and edification of the church and its mission. One such issue was that of eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols. Paul calls them those who are weak in faith; he says, don’t look down on them, bear with them. His statement in verse one begs the question of what kind of believer each of us will be: Will we be the weak or will we be the strong?

CENTRAL IDEA

I believe that this text clearly claims that it is the Scriptures that make believers strong.

They Provide Instruction

The Scriptures teach. They teach about the One True God, the fall of man,

They Provide Perseverance and Encouragement

They Provide Hope

CONCLUSION

INVITATION

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