Can We Trust the Bible?
2 Peter 1:16-21
INTRODUCTION: Our faith is not built on feelings or fables but on facts. How can we trust that the Bible is true? 3 compelling evidences.
I. POWER OF WITNESSES, vs. 16-18. Peter was present when Jesus ministered on earth. These early followers of Christ were “eyewitnesses,” someone with first-hand knowledge, 1 John 1:1-3. The defining event for Peter was the Transfiguration of Jesus on the Mountain.
II. PROPHECY OF THE WORD, vs. 19. The Word of God is more authoritative than experiences or the so-called expertise of anyone. Amos 8:11; Psalm 19:7. One way we know that the Bible is certain is because over 300 OT prophecies have been fulfilled with pinpoint precision! John 3:19-20. 4 very practical truths:
A. As Our World Continues To Slip Into Darkness, We Can Stand On The Scriptures.
B. As Our World Gets Darker, The Word Shines Brighter.
C. In The Midst Of Hopelessness, We Must Be People of Hope, vs. 19. John 1:5; Isaiah 60:1. Rev. 22:16, Jesus calls Himself the “Bright and Morning Star.”
D. The Bible Satisfies Our Head and Our Heart, 2 Cor. 4:6.
III. PROOF OF WRITING, vss. 20-21.
A. Scripture is not made up by men, Ezek. 13:3. God’s Word “never came by the will of men.”
B. Scripture came about as men were moved by the Holy Spirit.
INVITATION: Steps we must take: NEED THE WORD. READ THE WORD, Matt. 21:16. FEED FROM THE WORD, Psa. 119:18. HEED THE WORD, 2 Pet. 1:19. SEED THE WORD. By sharing it with others. Use Sunday nights to seed the Word in your neighborhood. 2 Tim. 3:15.