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The Royal - Part 2, Foundations
Miles McPherson - May 9, 2010

Message Recap

The Royal is a story of a young boy, orphaned into a royal family. When his parents die, an old sage takes it upon himself to mentor the orphan to prepare him to rule the kingdom, using seven different books.

In this message series, The Royal is a metaphor for us, God's people, being groomed to live in the heavenly Father's kingdom. The seven books are seven literary styles of the Bible (though there are more): novels, music, poetry, personal letters, biographies, science fiction, and history. These seven genres are designed to equip us in different ways to live a holy life in God's kingdom.

But how do we know these books are legitimate and helpful to us? We must believe that the Bible is the source of knowledge on God, the foundation of truth about Him.

1. The Bible is the most important book ever written.

The Bible says we are all sinners, the penalty of sin is death, and that we are not able to cleanse ourselves or earn salvation. Even though we were sinners, Jesus came and paid the ultimate full price. How else would we know this precious information if not for the Bible? Without this book, we have no hope. It holds the key to eternal life and is the foundation of all truth.

Pastor Miles shared that when we was playing professional football, each week he would receive a new playbook The players had to study it cover to cover, practice different parts of the play book, and then watch back on film every play they had practiced. Every player was critiqued on every single play. It didn't matter how talented, how tall, or how fast they were. The only thing that mattered during critiques was being in the right place at the right time and following through exactly as the playbook said.

…for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Romans 10:13

If you want to go to heaven, it's in the book. In the end, we've got to follow what the Bible says about eternal life. There's no other way to heaven other than through Jesus (John 14:6).

2. The Bible is the most reliable book ever written.

The Bible has 66 books written by 40 different authors over 1,500 years on 3 different continents. There's no way these people all knew each other or corroborated their stories. The writers of the Bible lived over 15 generations, in palaces and in caves, were rich and poor. There are 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books (and an easy way to remember the numbers is that 3x9=27). But how do we know we can trust them?

The Old Testament

These writings were completed 400 years before Christ was born. In 1947, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls discovery unturned 870 scrolls with fragments of every single book of the Old Testament (except for Esther). The entire book of Isaiah was found, word for word, in these scrolls, and even contained writings about Jesus' life and death before he was even born. These scrolls validate what we have always had as the Old Testament.

The New Testament

The New Testament is more reliable that all other ancient manuscripts combined. Anything written before 1440, when the printing press was invented, is considered an ancient manuscript. One way to determine the validity or authenticity of ancient manuscripts is by the number of manuscripts/copies that have been recovered and how close in time the copy was made to when the original was written. For example:

  • Homer's Iliad was written in 800 BC. The original is lost, but the nearest of the 6 copies in existence was written 400 years after the original.
  • Plato's writings were done in 400 BC. Of the 7 copies we have, the closest to the original was written 1,300 later.
  • Of the 10 copies of Caesar's writings of the Gallic Wars, the copy nearest to the original was written 1000 years later.
  • The New Testament books were written from 50-100 AD. Of the 31 copies, the one nearest the original was written 50 years later. This book has more documented evidence than any other ancient writing. It was written by eyewitnesses or to/about eyewitnesses. The authors lived and wrote in Jesus' time, while people who knew Jesus were still alive. You can trust it!

3. The Bible is the most practical book ever written.

How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. Psalm 119:9

No other book has so much truthful, practical information on so many different topics.

The Bible is a parenting book and a relationship book. It gives guidance on friendship and conflict. It's a financial guide book. It's a book of wisdom, teaching us the correct application of the knowledge we attain.

It's also a science book. Science does not contradict God. God created science, in all its complexity, to point us to Him, His incredible power and attributes. Long before science discovered life was in the blood, the Bible said life was in the blood. Long before scientists discovered and observed the constellations, The Bible talked about them. In fact, the constellations, rather than being the signs of the zodiac speaking falsities into your life, give a 12-part picture of the gospel in the sky.

4. The Bible is the most life-transforming book ever.

The Bible is a living document that has the power to change lives. It changes lives every day!

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

One of the biggest criticisms of the Bible that people have is that it was written by men, so it cannot be from God. But we know that God has the power to speak through people, to inspire them to write or preach or speak His words. Have you ever experienced a sermon where you felt the preacher was speaking directly to you? How could he know about your situation, or pain, or the condition of your heart in order to change you? It wasn't the preacher. It was God! He can speak clearly to you by any means He chooses. And if he can speak so clearly to you, He could also speak to those ancient people who were asking for wisdom!

5. The goal of Scripture is to make us holy.

The Bible was not written in order to give us knowledge. It was written so that we can know God and have a relationship with Him.

It tells us that we are all sinners and need to be forgiven. It says that we will all die and that if we don't have Christ in our lives, we will go to hell. It tells us that Jesus died for us and that if we confess that Jesus is Loprd and believe that God raised Him from the dead, we will be saved. We don't have to be perfect or rich, we don't have to accomplish a set number of tasks. We simply have to repent from our sin and believe in Him!

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