Sub-Urban Legends: The Reliability of Scripture

For those who have requested, here are the notes for the first message of the Sub-Urban Legends series.  You can print them out and use them for reference as you watch the sermon videos or listen to the podcasts.

Sub-Urban Legends I              
Title: Is the Bible reliable?                                  
Date: 5.1.11
Text:2 Timothy 3:16-17
Legend: “The Bible isn’t reliable.”

Main Idea: If you take this Word seriously, everything changes.

Inerrancy means that the autographa of the Scriptures are free from error and correspond at every point to what is true.  Inerrancy is basically the belief that the Bible is 100% true.

1 Timothy 3:16-17

I. The Bible self-authenticates.   

“The authority of Scripture means that all the words in Scripture are God’s words in such a way that to disbelieve or disobey any word of Scripture is to disbelieve or disobey God.” Wayne Gruden

“theopneustos:” God breathes it and human agents write it down.

 2 Timothy 3:16b-17 

II. God creates His people through His word.

1) Textual Criticism
2) Canonicity
3) Contradictions

Exodus 31:18 When the LORD finished speaking to Moses onMount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the Testimony, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.

Deuteronomy 12:32 See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.

The Jewish scribes were literally like ancient copy machines.   

Bibliographical Text:

1) Quantity of manuscripts
2) Quality of manuscripts
3) How far removed from originals

Norman Geisler: “A book is not the Word of God because it is accepted by the people of God. Rather, it is accepted by the people of God because it is the Word of God.”

Process of recognizing inspired writings
1. The Authority of a book
2. The prophetic authorship of a Book.
3. The authenticity of a book.
4. The dynamic nature of a book
5. The acceptance of a book.

NO Books were added to the NT after the first century. 


  1. Context is King. 
  2. The Bible was written in history, so history must be studied. 
  3. Original language and grammar must be taken into account. 
  4. Realize authorial intent

Taking the Bible seriously:

  1. We study the Word
  2. We live the Word
  3. We sit under the Word

If you take the Word seriously, everything changes. 

About Pastor Andrew

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Carissa, Daddy to four daughters, Lead Pastor at LifePoint Church in Vancouver, WA.
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1 Response to Sub-Urban Legends: The Reliability of Scripture

  1. nrkday says:

    Thank you for posting this!

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