God's truth for today's world

Today, my message is entitled “Jesus Your Leader.” We’re going to be talking about who Jesus is and why we must follow Him as our leader.

The question “Who is Jesus?” is one of the most important questions in the world. How that question is answered separates Christianity from every other religion on the face of the planet. How the question “Who is Jesus?” is answered separates true Christian churches from cult Christian churches that are Christian in name only. Finally, how an individual person answers the question “Who is Jesus for me?” determines whether they are truly saved or not.

Romans 10:9 (NIV)  That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

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Today, we’re going to conclude our message series, The Book of Life, talking about the Bible, God’s Word. My message today is entitled “Essential Food for Life.” If I was to do a survey today and ask everyone hear if they ate some food every day last week, I would predict that virtually 100% ate food every day last week. Unless you’re extremely sick or on an extended spiritual fast, you are going to eat. Why? Because food is essential for life, if you don’t eat, you’re going to get weak and eventually die. In fact, if you get so busy that you forget to eat, guess what, your body tells you that you forgot to eat. Your stomach starts growling, you feel hungry and you make sure you get to eat soon.

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Today, we’re going to continue talking about the most famous book in the history of the world, the Bible, in our message series called The Book of Life. Let’s look at a few more statistics about the Bible from the American Bible Society’s 2012 survey. Generational patterns are seen where younger adults are less likely to perceive the Bible as relevant and useful. 62% of adults over 66 believe the Bible contains everything a person needs to live a meaningful life. The percentage drops to 54% for those ages 47-65, 44% for those ages 28-46 and only 34% for those 18-27. George Barna reports that only one-half of one percent of college-age adults have a biblical worldview, which is understanding the basic truths of the Bible. We need to reach out to the youth and young adults of today with the truth of God’s Word.

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Today, we’re going to be talking about the God’s Word, the Bible in our message series called The Book of Life. The American Bible Society has recently released in-depth findings from their annual “The State of the Bible” survey for 2012. Bibles are everywhere in America, 85% of households own a Bible and the average number of Bibles is 4.3 per household. 79% of Americans believe they are knowledgeable about the Bible, but the majority, 54%, could not identify the first 5 books of the Bible. Approximately half, 46% of Americans, believe that the Bible, the Koran and the book of Mormon are different expressions of the same spiritual truths. Nothing could be farther from the truth. 50% of high school seniors think that Sodom and Gomorrah were married. It’s no wonder our nation is in the state it’s in. The Bible is God’s essential tool to live a live wisely and successfully. Without it, people are doomed to failure in their lives.

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Today, we’re beginning a new message series called “The Book of Life.” We’re going to be talking about something that is an essential component of every father’s toolkit, a book called the Bible.

When our country was founded, a deep knowledge of the Bible was part of every person’s education. Today, the most famous book in the history of the world is rarely studied in school, except for those majoring in theology. A recent survey showed that 58% of the Americans are not interested in the wisdom of the Bible and 57% read is less than 5 times a year. People think they know what is in the Bible, but surveys have shown time and again, that most people’s concept of what the Bible says is largely incorrect.

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