Welcome Mary Lowman


“My Faith Has Found a Resting Place”

“In Christ Alone”

“He Will Hold Me Fast”


Pastoral Prayer Dr. Bill Bertsche




Anthem “The Word” Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra

Words by Randy Cox, music by Gustav Holst arr. Ken Barker © 2017 Van Ness Press, Inc.


Scripture Reading from Luke 8:4–15 Rachel Morse

And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”


And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.


“Show Us Christ”


Is the Bible Reliable?
Psalm 12:6, 2 Timothy 3:16

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, Pastor Emeritus


Song of Response


Benediction Dr. Bill Bertsche

EXPLORE GOD – Is the Bible Reliable?

Psalm 12:6, 2 Timothy 3:16

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, Pastor Emeritus


Is the Bible a human book, or a divine book? The correct answer is that it is both human and divine; it has dual authorship. Directly or indirectly it claims divine inspiration about 1,500 times. Let us check with other witnesses to see if these claims are credible.


  1. The testimony of consistency


  1. The testimony of history


  1. The testimony of prophecy


  1. The testimony of Christ


  1. The testimony of science


  1. The testimony of the canon


  1. The testimony of its power



The bottom line: The Bible is a special book with a Special Savior

Christians believe the Bible is reliable. We believe that it truly is the “Word of God,” in that God inspired the human writers to communicate His message to us. But how do we know that? Do we simply take it by blind faith and hope it’s true? No, there are solid reasons to have confidence that what the Bible says about itself is true—including historical, prophetic, archeological, and personal reasons, to name a few.


God is not silent. That’s great news! He has given us the Bible—66 books written by around 40 different authors over a span of 1,600 years—so that we can know Him and have a relationship with Him. But as important as it is to have a right view of the Bible, it’s even more important to faithfully read and study it to know the Lord better. As Jesus taught, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).


For His glory,

Bill Bertsche

Executive Pastor

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