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One of the towering figures in our not-so-distant Christian past was John Stott. He said in an interview nearly 20 years ago:
The most important gift today, measured by Paul's principle that we should excel in those that build up the church, is teaching. Nothing builds up the church like the truth, and we desperately need more Christian teachers all over the world.
Stott was one of the world’s most respected Bible preachers/teachers before his death in 2011 at the age of 90. He knew something that he tried to communicate through many decades of faithful ministry—the Bible still matters. Among the first words of the first chapter in his timeless classic Between Two Worlds: The Art of Preaching in the Twentieth Century, he wrote, “Christianity is, in its very essence, a religion of the Word of God.”
I’m preaching the third installment this morning of our current sermon series, “Reading the Bible As If It Still Matters.” Plagued by relentless attacks upon the authority of Scripture, many believers and even entire denominations are losing their nerve when it comes to applying the Word of God to 21st-century life and culture. But I’m convinced that the Bible still matters. And if that’s the case, we need to take Scripture seriously.
We’re looking to 2 Timothy 2:15 this morning, so why don’t you go ahead and find your way there? If you want to follow along with the sermon using a smartphone or mobile device, you can do so by typing into your web browser.
I’m so glad you’re here today! I hope if you’re a guest that you’ll complete the guest registration slip to the right and drop it into offering plate when it comes around later on in the service. God loves you…and so do I!


Bro. Larry