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LAKEVIEW MISSIONARY CHURCH

Weekly Update for July 20, 2022

(NOTE: The memorial service for Marci Hayes has been rescheduled to Aug 5)

THE BIBLE'S AUTHORITY IN THE LIFE OF A CHRISTIAN

The Bible provides Christians guidance about how to live a Godly life in a fallen and corrupt world. But, why do Christians do this? Why submit not just to God but also to His Word? Here are seven reasons Christians believe the Bible is authoritative and accurate.
     One, it’s breathed out by God. The first reason the Bible is authoritative and accurate is because the Bible contains the words of God, “All Scripture is God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16, NIV). This means the words are literally the words spoken by God through the writers of the Bible.
     Two, hundreds of “Thus says the Lord.” In the Old Testament the Lord directly spoke to prophets who delivered his messages. In the New American Standard Bible “thus says the Lord” occurs 419 times and “the Lord said” occurs 233 times. God is authoritative and the things He says are authoritative. 
     Three, God speaks “through” prophets. One example of this is in the book of Jeremiah. God told the prophet Jeremiah who then told the nation of Judah that if they did not turn from their sins they would be conquered. “But neither King Zedekiah nor his attendants nor the people who were left in the land listened to what the Lord said through Jeremiah” (Jeremiah 37:2, NLT). Yet, the people did not listen. As a result, they were conquered by the Babylonians and taken into captivity in 586 B.C.
     Four, New Testament authors cite Old Testament verses as authoritative. The New Testament authors regularly cite the Old Testament as authoritative. A couple examples of this are when Peter quotes Joel 2:28-32 in Acts 2:17-22 and Paul quotes Deuteronomy 25:4 in 1 Corinthians 9:9.   
     Five, God never lies. For God to speak in Scripture and not speak the truth would be against God’s holy and perfect character. In other words, God cannot lie, “This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—who does not lie—promised them before the world began.” (Titus 1:2, NLT).
     Six, God’s words are true and without error. Numerous times throughout the Bible we learn that God’s Words are true and without error. “Your eternal word, O Lord, stands firm in heaven” (Psalm 119:89, NLT).
     Seven, God’s words are the ultimate standard of truth. Jesus prayed to God the Father in heaven for His disciples on earth by saying, “Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth” (John 17:17, NLT). As Jesus was about to be arrested and killed he asked the Father to teach His disciples the Word–which is truth–and that Word would make them holy.
     The Bible is the ultimate and final authority in the life of believers. While it is good to read other books, seek advice from friends, and have mentors to guide our lives, the ultimate authority for the Christian is the Bible. We go to the Bible for the final standard of what we should do in life. Since the Bible is the authority that Christians follow we should make a habit of reading it, studying it, and meditating on it daily.  

Pastor Christopher L. Scott

PRAYER REQUESTS
-Marci's family as they mourn her death 
-Church missionaries: Nickel, Futch Family, and Tice Family
-Fleming family as they mourning the loss of Ralph
-Hazel
-John B.'s friend in Bellingham and his wife
-Kendra's friend and her baby that was born early
-Joe and Judy's son, Toby
ANNOUNCEMENTS
-Memorial Service for Marci Hayes. August 5th at 11am is the new date for Marci's memorial service. Lunch will be provided after the service, so please RSVP by calling the church office at 509-765-5270 or email LakeviewMissionaryML@gmail.com 
-Church Membership Class. There will be no membership class on July 24th.
-August Missionary Visit, Potluck, and Baptism Celebration. One of our church missionaries will be speaking at our church on Sunday, August 21st. After the service we plan to have a baptism celebration. And we will have our monthly potluck on this Sunday as well. 
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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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