The Power of the Scriptures
“For the word of God is piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 NASB
“Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brethren, what shall we do?'” Acts 2:37 NASB
“None but God can so open the eyes of the blind, so open the graves of the dead, so quicken and enliven the conscience that was seared, so bind over the soul of a sinner to the judgment to come, so change and alter the frame and temper of a man’s spirit, or so powerfully raise, refresh, and comfort a dropping, dying soul; certainly the power of God is in all this; and, if there were no more, yet this alone were sufficient to make full proof of the divine authority of the Scriptures.” John Flavel (1628-1691)
As a pastor serving God by shepherding a portion of Christ’s church, I have much interest in how true, saving change occurs in the lives of people. I am keenly concerned about people being saved, discipled, and developed for the work of the kingdom. How does God do his work of transformation in the hearts and lives of people? The answer is clear: God works his saving will in people through the powerful operation of the Scripture in the minds and hearts of individuals.
This is why we make much of the Bible in our church. This is why we preach the Bible, teach the Bible, and admonish people from the Bible. This is why we counsel from the Bible. This is why we comfort people with the Bible. All holy help comes through the conveyance of the Scripture. The church is built by Christ through truth and the operating of grace.
The Bible must be heard, taught, understood, believed, and embraced. We cannot believe truth that we do not know, and we cannot know truth that has not been taught to us. We must know the truth and teach it, for if we abide in the truth, the truth will set us free (John 8:31-32).
Our church passion and vision will always be this: proclaim the Scriptures, centered on Christ and the gospel, for the soul benefit and salvation of people.