A Sufficient View of Scripture

Hello Church,

I pray you were able to praise the Lord today as His glory was on display yet again as the sun rose this morning and the snow fell last night (Ps 19:1-6). What an amazing and creative God we serve! Well, today I want to continue considering a biblical philosophy for life that will enable you to see your world rightly, respond to sin correctly, share the truth lovingly, and defend the faith honestly. Last week you saw that the first step in recalibrating your mind and preparing your heart in the battle for truth is embracing and living with A High View of God. All of life begins and ends with God, and thus all of life is ultimately about the worship of God (Gen 1:1; Ex 20:1-7; Isa 42:8; Mt 22:36-37; Rev 22:3-5)! Therefore, a high view of God will guide your worship, guard your thoughts, direct your steps, and protect your life and your loved ones (Dt 6:1-9; Prov 3:5-7; Isa 6:1-7; Eph 6:1-4). The Bible is crystal clear that when people fail to see God as He is they will fail to worship Him as they should (Gen 3:1-6; Ex 32:1-10; Isa 1:10-17; Rom 1:18-23). Thus, retaining a high view of God is not an option for the believer in Jesus Christ, but a non-negotiable commitment and vital component to what it means to be a Christian (Acts 17:24-31; Heb 12:28-29).

A Sufficient View of Scripture


Another critical aspect of our biblical philosophy for life is having a sufficient view of Scripture. The Bible is the very Word of God (2 Tim 3:16), breathed out and spoken by Him (2 Pet 1:20-21), and being utterly without error and absolutely trustworthy in all it asserts (Ps 119:160; Prov 30:5). Furthermore, God’s Word always accomplishes God’s purposes (Isa 55:12; Mt 5:17-18; Jn 10:35), is always true (Jn 17:17), and always stands as the ultimate source of authority for life and godliness (2 Pet 1:3-4). Therefore, the Word of God is totally adequate for all of life (2 Tim 3:15-17) because it is first, “sacred” (15a), being completely set apart by God and unique with no comparisons. Secondly, it is “able” to change and transform lives both unto salvation and sanctification (15b), and thirdly, it is “profitable” and useful for training, exhorting, teaching, and correcting (16). Lastly, one sees its sufficiency from the fact that it thoroughly equips man for every good work (17). This means that the Bible is completely authoritative, and so what it says I must do (Ps 119)! It also means that all that it offers is all that I need because it revives the soul, makes wise the simple, rejoices the heart, enlightens the eyes, and protects the soul (Ps 19:7-11).

The critical nature of embracing a sufficient view of Scripture, both for our church corporately and for our lives personally, cannot be overstated. What will a church look like that fails to surrender to the Bible’s sufficiency? It will be a place that seeks the wisdom of man rather than yielding to the Word of God! It will be a place that actively seeks to conform both herself and her message into what is acceptable to the world instead of what is expected by God. A failure to embrace the sufficiency of Scripture personally will yield a life that leans on its own understanding which always ends in disaster (Prov 3:5-7). This Sunday will be another opportunity to see the sufficiency of Scripture as we contemplate further the supremacy of Christ. We will be back in Col 1:15-20 as we consider how Jesus Christ is Lord of all. I look forward to exalting Christ with you as we yield our lives further to the sufficient Word of God and the Sovereign God of Word!

For His Glory Alone,

Pastor Matt


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