- About MWE
hen we examine the universe, we see a creation that was designed with both order and purpose. All of the ecosystems work in harmony for the good of all forms of life. The sun provides the right temperature for human, animal and plant life. The moon causes the gravitational force to keep everybody and everything on the earth and the waters in the oceans. The oceans, trees and greenery work together to provide our oxygen supply. All of these things indicate that the earth was designed with intelligence and purpose. If these things are true, they point to an intelligent Designer who fashioned this universe with a grand purpose. As a matter of fact, Psalms 19:1 says, The heavens declare the glory of God; and the skies show His handiwork. Not only is the existence of God revealed through nature but God has also revealed Himself to us through this composition we call the Bible. Consider three important points about the Word of God.
God used over 40 men to write the 66 books of the Bible. These men were from a variety of backgrounds and educational levels. They wrote in three languages, on three continents and their writings span a period of about 1500 years. They wrote on hundreds of topics while being subjected to a variety of circumstances, and in spite of all of these diversities, their messages harmonize as one. This miracle we call Scripture occurred because all of these writers were holy men who operated under the influence of the Holy Spirit and through them we received a holy Bible (2 Pet. 1:20-21). Therefore, when the Bible speaks, God speaks (Psa. 119:89). Consequently, whatever attitude we hold toward the Bible represents the attitude we hold toward God.
There is no more profitable investment we can make than to place our trust and obedience in God and in His Word. God is not a man that He should lie, therefore, we will never ever become disappointed by placing our trust in the Scripture (Num. 23:19; Titus 1:2). The Scripture is beneficial to us in four key ways:
a. For Doctrine (REVELATION)
Doctrine determines what we believe and our beliefs determine our actions. Godly doctrine encourages godly living and ungodly doctrine results in ungodly living (Pro. 4:2; 1 Tim. 4:1-4).
b. For Reproof (REFUTATION)
There are many false and erroneous teachings being communicated today that focus on every area of life. The Scripture establishes God’s truth as it refutes the positions and opinions of men (Isa. 40:8; Rom.3:4).
c. For Correction (RESTORATION)
Any person, situation or matter that is out of order, can be rectified by the Scripture. There are no persons or situations that cannot be restored to righteousness by the Word of God. God can transform anyone’s life who submits to Him and His Word (1 Cor. 6:9-11; 2 Cor. 5:17).
d. For Instruction (REGULATION)
Though this world seems to be out of control, the children of God have the great blessing of having their lives disciplined by the Word of God. Be it the home, marriage, family, church life, finances or any other area of concern; the Bible, either explicitly or implicitly, speaks to every situation in life (Pro. 4:5-7).
God had a purpose when He created the universe and so does He when He saves us and brings us into the Body of Christ.
a. It is for Our PERSONAL MATURITY
When we invited Jesus to be our personal Saviour, each of us became born again by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:3-5). Regardless of our age at that time, we were babes in Christ. Just as we expect our children to grow up and become productive, God expects each of us to grow by the Word of God and enter into a life of spiritual maturity (1 Pet. 2:1-2; Eph. 4:11-14). This occurs as we hear, read and take heed to the Scripture. As we do, we are to help others become born again and then help them enjoy a life of spiritual maturity.
b. It is for Our PUBLIC MINISTRY
As long as eternity is and as sweet as heaven promises to be, we were saved to spend a lifetime on this earth worshipping God and serving mankind. Everyone has a particular gift or calling and can make some contribution toward the Kingdom of God. The Scripture is the very Word of God and through its instructions, it has the ability to equip us for service. It equips us for every area of ministry because our primary product is the Word of God (Mat. 28:18-20) and our primary service is the love of God (John 13:34-35). This is spiritual activity.
1. We Must BELIEVE The Bible
The Bible is the inerrant, infallible and authoritative Word of God. As such, we are accountable to it. It will either save us and bring us into a wonderful relationship with our Creator (Rom. 10:9-17) or it will condemn us and separate us from Him for all eternity (Mark 16:14-16).
2. The Minister Must PREACH and TEACH the Bible
Ministers are responsible for preaching and teaching the Bible without fear or favouritism. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is to be communicated to the unchurched so that each can be saved. The doctrines of the Apostles are to be communicated to believers so that each can be conformed to the image of Christ (Col. 1:25-29). We are to pray for our Ministers that they might receive illumination and understanding from the Bible. In addition, we are to hold them accountable for teaching and preaching the Word of God in ways that saves souls, transforms lives, and brings glory to God.