As stated on page 24 of our training manual, God’s Plan for His Church, we want to “restore or renew our courage and confidence in the authority and sufficiency of Scripture and the Holy Spirit.” These three things are inseparably tied together and any spiritual growth, activity or ministry cannot take place without all three as our foundation for everything we say and do.
Paul writes to Timothy; “All Scripture is breathed out by God” (2 Timothy 3:16). Peter concurs with, “knowing this first of all that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:20-21). God is the author of all the Bible and therefore it stands solely on His authority. There is no other authority that can deny, alter or minimize the authority of Scripture given to man by divine inspiration through the Holy Spirit.
Why is this important to our ministry? By fully accepting the authority of Scripture, we submit to God’s truth and power, His ways and methods, as essential for all we are, do and say in life and ministry. Without this attitude toward the Word of God, there will be no fruit or glory for God through our lives or this ministry. Preaching the gospel, making disciples, planting churches, will all have weak results if we refuse or minimize the absolute authority of Scripture. I challenge you to examine whether this is your view of Scripture in your life and ministry. If not, may the Holy Spirit bring conviction to your heart and RETURN TO THE AUTHORITY OF GOD’S WORD.