“STANDING ON GODS WORD”
By Rev. Larry Thompson, Pastor
As I continue to share with you the eight biblical “values” that define the doctrine and ministry of Martinsburg Church of Bruin, today’s message is entitled: “Standing on God’s Word.” As believers and members of our local churches, we are to value God’s word. We are to strive to preach and teach His word with integrity and authority, so that seekers find Christ and believers mature in him (2 Timothy 3:16).
The purpose of the Bible (God’s word) is not to prove God’s existence, but to reveal and manifest His glory and voice over all creation. The heavens declare His glory and the firmament (the expanse of heaven) shows forth his handwork (Psalm 19:1). There is no speech (spoken word) or language of man that can reign in or overcome the glory of God (Psalm 19:3). God is the master of His Creation and the source of His word (Genesis 1:1; 2 Timothy 3:16.)
Because the word of God is of divine inspiration and origin (1 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21), it speaks with absolute sovereignty in all things. The doctrinal positions of our local churches must rest upon, proclaim and defend, without compromise, the three eternal and foundational truths of the church of Christ: the divinely inspired, inerrant and infallible word of God; the atoning blood of Jesus Christ and; the believer’s blessed hope of everlasting life, made sure by the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our local churches must also proclaim and defend the eternality, deity and Lordship of Jesus Christ and the eternal existence of the triune Godhead (John 1:1-3; 1 John 5:7).
In 2 Timothy 4:3-4, the word of God warns our local churches and preachers to be alert and to stand fast, “For the time will come when they (the church/professing believers) will not endure sound (Biblical) doctrine…and shall turn their ears from the truth and be turned unto fables (false teachings).” In 1 John 4:1, the Bible says, “Beloved, believe not every spirit (man), but try (test) men whether they are of God: because many false prophets (teachers) are gone out into the world.”
As individual believers, we must study the word of God in order to guard ourselves and our local churches against positions and teachings not in line with scripture (2 Timothy 2:15). We must conform ourselves to God’s word and His Law. King David speaks to this very thing in Psalm 19:9, 14: “The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever: the judgements of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my (rock) and my redeemer.” May we all forever be grounded in the “rock” of the word of the one living and true and eternal God.