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The Unread Best Seller
The Unread Best Seller
The Unread Best Seller
The Unread Best Seller
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The Unread Best Seller

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Powerpoint sermon on the importance of Bible reading. Not original with me; borrowed and revised.

Powerpoint sermon on the importance of Bible reading. Not original with me; borrowed and revised.

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  • First preached in 2004 Preached at West Side church of Christ, February 8, 2009 AM Print Slides: 1,6,11,17,24,26
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    • 1. The Unread Bestseller We have free and ample access to God’s Holy Book. Do we know what it says?
    • 2. The Unread Bestseller
      • Approximately 100 million Bibles are printed worldwide each year making it the best selling book of all time.
      • 92% of all Americans own at least one edition
      • The Gideons distribute over 45 million Bibles each year
      • However, in times past, the words of God were not as readily available as they are today.
    • 3. The Unread Bestseller
      • In Middle Ages it took three tedious years for qualified scribes to hand print just one copy of the Scriptures.
      • Only the rich and powerful had a copy of the text.
      • Most were uneducated, and unable to read in their own language, much less the Latin text that was most common in that day.
    • 4. The Unread Bestseller
      • By the 1450’s Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press
      • The Bible was the first book printed.
        • The Gutenberg Bible opened the door for placing God’s word into the hands of the people.
        • However, it still took 3 years for 180 copies and still out of reach of the common man.
        • Gutenberg’s Bible cost the equivalent of 3 years’ salary for an average worker.
    • 5. The Unread Bestseller
      • Men such as Martin Luther, John Wycliffe and William Tyndale sacrificed greatly in their efforts to have the Bible printed and translated into the common languages of man.
      • Because of their efforts and God’s providence, today we have free and ample access to the Word of God. But…
    • 6. The Unread Bestseller
      • 64% of Americans fail to read the Bible because they claim they are just too busy.
      • Less than 50% of Americans can name the first book of the Bible (Gallup)
      • 66% don’t know who delivered the sermon on the mount (Gallup)
      • A 1997 Barna survey reported that 12% of those questioned thought Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife!
      • The Bible has become the “unread Bestseller”
    • 7. The Unread Bestseller
      • You have a Bible that has been translated into your own language
        • Do you delight in it? (Psalm 119:16, 103)
      • You have been blessed with an education which allows you to read your Bible
        • Do you study it? (Psalm 119:148; 2 Tim 2:15)
      • You are not persecuted for owning a Bible
        • Are you ashamed to be seen carrying one? (Romans 1:16)
    • 8. The Unread Bestseller
      • Many have sacrificed their freedom and lives in order to translate it into the common venacular
        • Do you stand in awe of it? (Psalm 119:61)
      • Apostles and Prophets were imprisoned, whipped, and violently executed so you could have God’s holy word
        • Do you walk worthy of it? (Ephesians 4:1-3)
      • Jesus was crucified so you could have the truth
        • Will you obey it? (John 1:1, 14; 6:68)
    • 9. The Unread Bestseller
      • You have the life-giving gospel
        • Will you share it with others? (Mark 16:15)
      • Many parents in the past could not read the Bible to their children
        • Do you read it to yours? (Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Ephesians 6:4; 2 Timothy 3:14-15)
      • You have the divinely revealed mind of God recorded for you!
        • Do you twist, pervert, and add your opinions to it? (Galatians 1:6-9)
    • 10. The Unread Bestseller
      • You have within your grasp the words of eternal life!
      • Do your eyes fail from searching it?
        • “ My eyes fail from searching your word…” (Psalm 119:82)
        • “ These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11).

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