The Most Powerful Book in the World - Overview. Some interesting facts and figures What is this book? The Bible’s claim Abounding evidence Powerful but weak Power to save Conclusion. Some Interesting Facts and Figures. World’s best selling book
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The Most Powerful Book in the World - Overview • Some interesting facts and figures • What is this book? • The Bible’s claim • Abounding evidence • Powerful but weak • Power to save • Conclusion
Some Interesting Facts and Figures • World’s best selling book • 168,000 sold, given away in the USA alone, per day. • Been translated into over 1,200 different languages or dialects. • Written over 1600 years • 2930 characters in 1551 places • First English translation completed in 1388 • More than 40 writers • kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, herdsmen, poets, statesman, doctors, prophets, priests etc. • ONE Message - NO Contradictions!
What is this book? The Bible (66 books) New Testament (27 books) The Gospels The Acts The Letters The Revelation Old Testament (39 books) The Law The Prophets The Writings Stories Prophecies Parables Poetry
The Bible’s claim • God is the author • God breathed - 2 Tim 3.15-17 • “Thus saith the Lord….” (4000+ times) • God’s words not mans - 2 Peter 1:19-21 • Bible is source of Truth - Psalm 19.7-9 • Provides direction for daily living -Ps 119.105 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3v16)
Abounding evidence Key methods of proving the authenticity of the Bible • Archaeological • Scientific • Gematria • ELS • Medical, etc. • Prophetic
A Powerful Book • A Powerful Book…. • The world’s dating system • Much of our legal and moral code • Personal change • Powerful but Weak? • The Book of Paradox • The most sold – The least read • The most quoted – The least believed • The most debated – The least lived • WHY? • A True Mirror
“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall….” And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Gen 6:5) • The reflection we want • Everyone is saved • I am righteous • I am right • The reflection we see • Only a few are saved • I am exceedingly sinful • I am wrong For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. (Rom 7:18) As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: (Rom 3:10) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Rom 3:23)
Power to save • Word of God is Powerful • For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Heb 4:12) • Word of God is a Light • Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Ps 119:105) • It teaches us about the only Saviour • Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:10-12) • The source of faith • So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Rom 10:17) • LISTEN, God is talking! • The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening.“ (1 Sam 3:10) • Mark 4v3-9
Conclusion – Read for Life • 70 hours in a month • 3 out of 10 people spend traveling to work • 6 out of 10 people spend on eating breaks • 8 out of 10 people spend watching TV (2¼ hr/day) • 1 in a 1,000,000,000 will spend • The Bible can be read aloud in 70 hours. • What a way to spend 70 hours! • Read it every day!
Conclusion – Read for your ETERNAL Life • Bible Reading Plan 3 daily portions 1 reading from NT 2 readings from OT
Conclusion - Read, and see the POWER • Oldest verse was found on a small silver leaf from a necklace with Numbers 6:24-26 inscribed dated 7th century before Christ • 2700 years ago – The blessing still has the same POWER The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. (Num 6:24-26)
BIble Book of World Reccords Earlist: Adam, world's first human being Gen. 2:7 Oldest: Methuselah, son of Enoch, who lived to be 969 Gen. 5:27 Strongest: Samson, carnal Nazarite whom God used to deliver Israel from the Philistines Judg. 14:6, 15:5 Wisest: Solomon, king of Israel and son of David 1 Kings 3:12 Richest: Solomon 1 Kings 10:23 Tallest: Goliath, over nine feet tall, killed in battle by David 1 Sam. 17:4 Shortest: Zacchaeus, who climbed a sycamore tree to see Jesus Luke 19:3-4 Fattest: Eglon, Moabite king killed by the judge Ehud Judg.3:17 Meekest: Moses, Israel's great lawgiver and author of the first five books of the bible Num. 12:3 Cruelest: Manasseh, who shed blood from one end of Judah to the other but later repented 2 Chron. 33:1-13 Fastest: Asahel, described in Scripture as "light of foot as a wild roe" 2 Sam. 2:18 Greatest of the Prophets: John the Baptist, forerunner of Christ Matt. 11:11 Guiltiest: Judas, who betrayed the Savior for 30 pieces of silver Matt. 27:3-5 Proudest: Nebuchadnezzar, Babylonian king who destroyed Jerusalem and was later humbled by God himself Dan. 4 Most Beautiful: Esther, Jewish queen who saved her people from the first holocaust attempt in history Esther 2:7 Most Traveled: Paul, the great theologian and missionary Acts 13:4, 15:36, 18:23 Most Sorrowful: Jeremiah, persecuted by his own countrymen for preaching on sin and who saw his beloved Jerusalem destroyed Jer. 9:1, Lam. 1:12 Most Persecuted: Job, attacked by Satan, totally misunderstood by wife, and criticized by his friends Job 1-2 Most Lovestruck: Jacob, who agreed to work seven years for the hand of Rachel Gen. 29:18-20 Most Frightened: Belshazzar, whose knees knocked ad the handwriting in the wall appeared Dan. 5:6 Most Rash: Jephthah, who vowed to offer a special sacrifice if God would allow him to win a battle; the sacrifice turned out to be his daughter Judg. 11:30 Most Doubtful: Thomas, who said he could not believe in Christ's resurrection until he saw and touched the Savior John 11:16, 20:24-29
There are 66 books in the Bible • “Put the 66 books song in….”