Asserting Inspiration and Authority Are Not Enough

Merely affirming that the Bible is inspired accomplishes very little. Asserting its authority isn’t much better. The inspiration and authority of the Scriptures are of value to us only so far as we change our beliefs to conform to its principles and alter our behavior to coincide with its imperatives. The Bible is meant to govern our lives, to fashion our choices, to challenge our cherished traditions, and ultimately to make us look more like Jesus. The question for each of us, then, is whether the Bible actually functions in this way.

Do we submit to its dictates?

Do we put our confidence in its promises?

Do we stop living a certain way in response to its counsel?

Do we embrace particular truths on its authority?

Do we set aside traditional practices that conflict with its instruction?

In other words, for the Bible to be of value to us it must actually function to shape how we think, feel, and act, as well as what we believe, value, and teach.

– Sam Storms, from the Forward to: Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself by Joe Thorn.


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