Saturday 20 July 2013

9Marks Journal 10, 4 (July-August 2013) on the Sufficiency of Scripture

The latest issue of the 9Marks Journal, this one devoted to different facets related to the sufficiency of Scripture, is now available as a pdf here.

In the Editorial, Jonathan Leeman writes:

‘It’s tough believing that Scripture is enough for building and leading churches. The “old man” in us is continually tempted to build our churches on other things, things we can see and measure. We want to rely on marketing research, personal charisma, good music, force of personality, or other natural devices.

‘It’s fine to rely on what the eyes can see in many areas of life, but Christian ministry is about supernatural change. Paul observes, “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds” (2 Cor. 10:3-4).

‘Trusting God’s Word and Spirit to build our churches is an act of faith. Faith in God. Faith in his Word. And such faith is not natural, even for the Christian. It’s supernatural. God must give it. “Is not my word like fire,” he says to us, “and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces” (Jer. 23:39).

‘In this issue of the 9Marks Journal we take up the topic of Scripture’s sufficiency for the life of the church...’

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