“Preach the Word…” 2 Tim. 4:2 (NKJ)
This month WordBytes has focused on the Bible–its sufficiency and its power. Why is this discussion necessary? As we move closer to end times, it is incumbent upon believers to stand fast in their faith and boldly proclaim the Word of God. This cannot be accomplished by sheer willpower or “stick-to-it-ness”. It must be firmly ground in the power and authority of God’s Word.
Current worldview has created an atmosphere where biblical principles and practices are continually challenged, if not totally ignored. The demand for social and moral freedom has set the stage for denial of biblical authority. The Bible is seen as neither God speaking nor the actual Word of God. Instead, it is seen as an inhibitor to self-determination and self-gratification. In 21st century vernacular, the Bible is a “buzz kill” taking the “edge of people’s fluff.” (urbandictionary.com)
College students relegate the Bible to the status of “glorified fairy tales” with little substantive value. (Lord, help them!) These individuals will be our future workforce, leaders, and yes, our Church. Gen Xers and Millennials, seeking answers on how to live purposeful lives, discount the Bible as “irrelevant and inadequate” for the challenges they face. These generations are a formidable influence in the shaping of not only our current political and social policies but also in determining the religious beliefs of generations to come. And who will direct these groups to the “light of God’s Word” (Ps. 119:105)? Current believers and the Church? There is little difference between them and the aforementioned groups. They seldom read their Bibles, let alone use it as the final authority with their families or in their personal life. They look no different than the rest of the world.
These patterns of disbelief should not come as a surprise. Paul in his letter to Timothy exhorted him:
“Preach the word of God. Be persistent, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to right teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever they want to hear. They will reject the truth and follow strange myths.” 2 Timothy 4:2-4 (NLT)
The Word of God will continue to be challenged by the World and yes, even the Church. It is because of this fact that believers are to stand firm based on the power, sufficiency, and authority of the Word of God. Paul’s instructions are still pertinent for believers today. We are to boldly proclaim, without excuse, the supremacy and sufficiency of Scripture over the worldview. How do we prepare for this challenge? Read books to help you defend your faith. Listen to Christian teachers who can help you answer frequent questions people have about God and His Word (Check “Resources” tab on our website). Finally, ask the Holy Spirit (your Personal Teacher) to help you respond to challenges and pushbacks you might receive. Remember, “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Hold fast to the Word!