The Unread Best Seller

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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
  • The Unread Best Seller

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

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