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LAKEVIEW MISSIONARY CHURCH

Weekly Update for June 29, 2022

GOD'S INSPIRED WORD

In the last couple hundred years I am not sure if any part of Christianity has come under more attacks from secular society than the inspiration of Scripture. Non-Christians have questioned the authenticity of God's Word and many have been vocal and hostile about it. With that said, let's look at what Christians mean when they say God’s Word is “inspired.”
     Why Scripture Was Given. The best known and often memorized verses about the inspiration of Scripture are 2 Timothy 3:16-17: “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work” (NLT). A few of key points are made in these two verses. First, "all" Scripture is inspired by God. This includes the Old Testament as well as the New Testament. Second, Scripture is inspired “by God.” Or, a better translation is the NIV which reads that all Scripture is "God-breathed." Literally, the source is God. He is the source and delivers it through human authors. Third, Scripture has a practical element. It is not given only to tell us who God is; it is supposed to change how we live. And that's why we read it, memorize it, study it, and apply it daily. 
     Where Scripture Came From. The apostle Peter tells us where Scripture comes from. “No prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God” (2 Peter 1:20–21, NLT). The point Peter is making seems clear: no prophecy came from the prophet's own understanding or human origin. Instead, God spoke directly to the prophets. We call the Bible “God’s Word” because it comes from God.
     Who Brought Scripture. It is clear above that the origin of Scripture is from God. But how was it delivered to us? Paul reveals that in his letter to the Corinthian believers. “When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths” (1 Corinthians 2:13, NLT). Through the Holy Spirit the prophets spoke from God. God the Father-by the Holy Spirit-is how Scripture was delivered.
     As a Christian that loves God and wants to follow Him, the Bible is my guidebook and trusted resource. God’s Word is “inspired” by God. With that said, we should see the Bible as our guidebook for life as Christians. It should be what we go to when we have questions and concerns in the Christian life. And it should be trusted not doubted.
 
Pastor Christopher

PRAYER REQUESTS
-Marci's family as they mourn her death 
-Marion's health
-Church missionaries: Nickel, Futch Family, and Tice Family
-War in Ukraine and around the world
-First responders in our community
-Hazel's knees to get strong
-Lynette's brother, Jim
-Janet's mentee, Peter
-Rev. Steve Jones and his family
-Praise for Supreme Court that made a decision that protects life and will honor God's Word related to abortion
-Law enforcement workers
-Safety for Supreme Court justices, their staff, and their families
ANNOUNCEMENTS
-Church Membership Class. Have you been attending Lakeview for a while and want to become a church member? Join us for our next membership class Sunday, July 24th, 11:45am-2pm. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by replying to this email or tell Christopher on Sunday.
-Memorial Service for Marci Hayes. Date to be determined soon.
-Preschool Sign-up. We are looking for volunteers to help in our preschool program. Please sign up with Kendra.  
-July Potluck. We hope you can stay after the worship service and join us for our next potluck on July 10th. 
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LAKEVIEW MISSIONARY CHURCH
810 S. Evergreen Dr.
Moses Lake, WA 98837
509-765-5270
www.LakeviewMissionaryChurch.com

Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE, © Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995. Used by permission.

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