STRATEGY: To develop a ministry that is dependent on the authority and sufficiency of Scripture; not dependent on man or money.
What is the biblical foundation of this strategy? To answer this question, we must begin by looking at what the Bible says about itself and its authority. “All Scripture is breathed out by God” (2 Timothy 3:16). This must be followed by, “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). In these two references we see the personal hand of God in making sure that His Word, the Bible, was transmitted to us without human interference. Because of that, it carries God’s authority.
What about the sufficiency of Scripture? Does it really provide all we need, or as some think, we must add something to it in order to meet our current culture and human conditions? Again, we turn to the Bible to answer this question. “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence” (2 Peter 1:3). Scripture is enough!
We are not saying that money, buildings, education and other things can’t be used by God in our lives and ministry, but we must be very clear and careful that none of these things are elevated in our minds and hearts to the level of authority or need that we have in God’s Word. I challenge you to examine your approach and attitude toward this principle.
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