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What’s So Good about the Good Book?

06 Dec

What’s So Good about the Good Book?
Everyone likes to get a letter from a friend whom they haven’t seen in a while.

Tells us:

  • Tells us what’s happening
  • Asks us about our lives
  • Lets us know that we are on their mind.

When I was in Bible College the mailroom was a room that meant a lot to many of the students. The mailroom was in the cafeteria so when we came for lunch the students would look in the mailroom to see if they were lucky enough to have a letter addressed to them.

One of my friends had left his girlfriend in their home country to come to school here in the states, he Loved getting letters, got a lot too!

One time I had been having a really rough week—the devil doesn’t like it when someone trains for the ministry—and he had been really after me.

I was standing in line about to get my food when a friend came up and said, “Hey, Scuba, there’s a package for you in the mailroom.”

I hadn’t checked that day because I hadn’t gotten anything yet so I’d just stopped looking everyday. Soon I had my food so I selected a table and left my tray there and headed for the mailroom.

Sure enough there was a box there with my name on it.

I grabbed my knife and cut the box open, inside was probably some warm clothes, and food. But then I opened the card and began to read it. SEE CARD.

I made a quick escape to the bathroom. I didn’t want to have to explain to my friends why I had tears in my eyes and was all choked up.

I’d been going through a very trying time but knowing that my best friends and my parents were praying twice a day for me gave me hope.

Funny thing is that I’d already started to feel those prayers a couple of days earlier—but that’s for another sermon.

You see a letter from the right person at the right time can mean the world to you.

God wrote a letter to us—the Bible


  • Love
  • Encouragement
  • Plan for our life
  • Still watching out for us
  • Most of all plans to bring us to Himself

When we read that letter we can treasure it.

Today has been designated as Bible Sabbath so my title is:

What’s so good About the Good Book?


I got this letter from one of my kids this week:

See letter

This is from one of my favorite kids in Wichita,

But it’s the first letter I’ve ever received from her.

Why? There was no reason to write when I was there. I saw her 3 or 4 times a week. She could just talk in person. She could just come to me and say, “Uncle Steve guess what?”

But now that there is a distance between us she had to come up with another way of communicating with me.

That’s the same reason that God wrote us His letter.

Adam and Eve

  • Perfect
  • Close relationship
  • Talk face to face

But when Adam and Eve Sinned there was a separation

  • The connection was severed

  • Exodus 33:20
  • God and Sin are complete opposites
  • Separated for protection

God came up with another way of communication:

  • Prophecy
  • God Speaking through man
  • The man would either speak or write the message
  • The Bible is a book of prophecy

Three kinds of Prophecy

  1. Past Prophecy—Moses and the creation
  2. Present Prophecy—Paul instruction for life
  3. Futuristic Prophecy—Daniel 2 great image

Amazing Facts about the Bible

A. The Bible has 66 books that were written:

  • On three continents.
  • In three languages (Hebrew Aramaic and Greek).
  • By about 40 different people including Kings, shepherds, scientists, Attorneys, an army general, fishermen, priests, and a physician.
  • Most of these authors had never met.
  • Over a period of about 1,500 years.
  • Yet it all agrees—no contradiction

But all 66 books work in perfect harmony to paint a perfect picture.


You’d have to think that there must be a master designer who was orchestrating this plan.

There must be a mastermind of the Bible too.

A. Who is the mastermind of the Bible?

  1. 2 Peter 1:21, God Spoke through His prophets.
  2. The Holy Spirit is the mastermind of the Bible.
  3. The Holy Spirit inspired Moses, David, Isaiah, Matthew, Paul, and John and the others to write.
  4. In Mark 12:36 Jesus says, “For David himself said by the Holy Spirit, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”

“But,” you might say, “If the Holy Spirit Is the master planner of the Bible why are there so many different styles of writing in the Bible?”

The answer is in 2 Peter 1:21. It says “Holy men of God spoke as they were MOVED by the Holy Spirit.”

In theological terms, the Bible is Thought Inspired not Word Inspired.

That is, God told them what to say or write and they said it or wrote it in their own words.

He didn’t tell them word for word.

Different people connect with different styles so God used different prophets. God wanted EVERYONE to feel comfortable reading His letter to us.

But what is in this letter that makes it so important?

The Bible has an interesting set up.

  • First 2 chapters tell of God’s original perfect earth–Eden
  • Last 2 Chapters tell of God’s new perfect earth—Eden restored
  • 3rd chapter tells how sin came into the world
  • 3rd from last chapter tells how sin will be removed from earth.
  • The rest of the Bible tells us how God will get us from Eden Lost to Eden restored.

Genesis 1:31 Tells us God’s opinion of this Eden—Very Good.

Genesis 2:8-10 describes Eden.

Genesis 3:8 Sin caused shame and separation from God.

Genesis 3:22-24 Eden lost

Exodus 33:20 Sinful man cannot see God and live.


  • At the end of the Bible

Revelation 20:14, 15 Sin done away with.

Revelation 21:1-4 tells what Eden Restored will be like.

Revelation 22:1-5 The tree of life will be there. We will see God’s face.

Everything in between these events is the story of God’s plan to restore us to Eden.

The Focus of the Bible is on Jesus. The whole Old Testament is about Jesus.

Luke 24:27 Moses and all the prophets talked about Jesus.

Luke 24:44-47 Law, Prophets, and Psalms. Preaching Remission of Sins.

The Old Testament also contains stories intended for us to learn by, thus coming closer to God.

1 Corinthians 10:11, 12 the things written beforehand are written for our admonition

So the Old Testament Predicted What Jesus would do to save us.

The New Testament tells how those Prophecies were fulfilled.

John 20:30, 31 why the gospel of John was written.

How was Jesus able to save us and restore us to Eden?

Romans 6:23 Wages of Sin is Death.

Hebrews 10:10 Jesus paid those wages for us.

1 John 1:9 We confess and are forgiven.

1 John 5:11, 12 He who has the Son has Life, He who does not have the Son doesn’t have life.

Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

The word of God points out the good and the bad: it tells you how to keep the good and get rid of the bad.

Will you let this power work in your life?

  • My friend Larry grew up not knowing God.
  • He had an abusive Family
  • His mom would tell him, “Your father is not worth the powder and bullet that it would take to blow his brains out.” then in the next breath she’d say, “you are just like your Dad”
  • He was in jail for the first time at the age of 8.
  • And was in and out of jail from then on. He was a very violent man.
  • He even told me that one time he had tried to kill someone. Fortunately he didn’t succeed.
  • Larry was the guy you don’t want to see out on the streets at night.
  • But one day his Grandson needed surgery to keep him alive. They only gave him a 10% chanceof making it through the surgery.
  • Larry prayed, “If you make my grandson live through this I’ll do whatever you want.”
  • His Grandson did live.
  • Larry kept His Promise.
  • He started attending a Baptist church. But they didn’t teach the Bible and he found it impossible to change.
  • He was still violent, angry, selfish, drinking, smoking, etc.

Then Larry got a flier inviting him to come to a prophecy seminar.

He came and this church taught the Bible!

Soon He joined the Adventist Church. And now he’s a whole new man.

Not because of the church but because the Church helped Him to get to know Jesus and His Word the Bible.

That changed Him

  • Now he’s not violent al all.
  • I would trust him with any kid or anything
  • He’s not angry anymore but Loving and forgiving
  • He’s not selfish anymore—he loves to serve.

He’s let the living and powerful “Good Book” change Him.

Next Steps:

  1. Set a regular time to read/study the Bible.
  2. Read Bible promises and make personal application. It’s a letter to you.
  3. If you’re under conviction that you need to do something tell God, “OK.” And with God’s help do it.
  4. Share your Bible study pamphlet with someone who struggles with understanding the Bible.

Ephesians 1:4, 5

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,”

The Mastermind of the Bible also has A Master plan for you. Please accept it.

Scripture list:

Exodus 33:20; 2 Peter 1:21; Mark 12:36; Genesis 1:31; Genesis 2:8-10; Genesis 3:8; Genesis 3:22-24; Exodus 33:20; Revelation 20:14, 15; Revelation 21:1-4; Revelation 22:1-5; Luke 24:27; Luke 24:44-47; 1 Corinthians 10:11, 12; John 20:30, 31; Romans 6:23; Hebrews 10:10; 1 John 1:9; 1 John 5:11, 12; Hebrews 4:12; Ephesians 1:4, 5;

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