God's word to us is ~
The Old Testament points to Jesus ~ the Savior, the New Testament is Jesus ~ the Savior.
With the Lord guidance, we can understand its meaning. The Bible doesn't say one thing but mean another. Our Pastor says "A text without a context is a pretext" ~ meaning read Bible verses in the context in which they are written, think about who they are written to, where they lived, under what conditions ... then see how this applies to you and your situation. Don't take a single verse out of context and try to make it fit what you want ~ what was the Lords intention?
The Bible does deal with all of life's issues/concerns/questions.
You can't just chose to believe one verse and not another.
Gods word clearly shows us His nature, His love, His jealousy, His ways, His truth, His strength, His power, His might, His will, His statutes, His omnipotence.
So many sermons today point to what the Pastor believes, the direction He wants His church to go, how He wants to be known in the community, what He wants, why his preferred Bible translation is the most accurate, why his church is right & others are wrong, and even makes excuses to why His membership is small/large in comparison to other churches ~~~~ but thats all about the Pastor & not about the Lord.
Its man that takes these inspired words and twists them to fit what he wants. Its man that picks and chooses what he wants to believe or who he wants to believe.
The Lord never changes ~ He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Every sermon you hear ~ should be based on the scriptures, point to God, to His mercy, to His love, to His saving grace, to HIM!
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is ~ His good, pleasing and perfect will"
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding"
"Be fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God."
"Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound; they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance.
"The Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations."
"Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name:
"Peace I leave with you, y peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."