The Bible Tells Me So
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Delivered By
Matt Ferguson, pastor
Delivered On
September 21, 2011
Central Passage
2 Timothy 3:16-17
The reliability and authority of the Bible



“Jesus And The Eyewitnesses” by Baukham;  

“The Historical Reliability Of The Gospels” by Blomberg

“Mere Christianity” by C. S. Lewis (first 5 chapters Natural Law is covered)

“The Reason For God” by Keller (chapter 7 is on the Bible)

“Reasonable Faith” by William Lane Craig (Craig is one of the top Philosophers in the world and you can Google and find many debates by him on topics related scripture and faith).  Example:!/v/269  

“The Case For Christ” by Lee Stroble

“The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict” by McDowell  


About my sermons:


The standard way I prepare a sermon is to begin by praying through the text (asking God to help me to understand His Word) and jot down any questions or insights I have.  I will then search for any critical commentary help I need with questions I may have.  Next, I will read anywhere from 8 – 12 resources for sermons.  Here are some of the pastors whose work I read most often for resources, though I do read others frequently:


Lloyd John Ogilvie, James Montgomery Boice, Mark Driscoll, John Ortberg, Stuart Briscoe, John Piper, Charles Swindoll, Bill Hybels, Ray Pritchard, Dave Wilkinson, Rick Warren, Larry Osborne, Bruce Goettsche, Tim Keller, Mark Adams, Craig Barnes, Ray Stedman, Vic Pentz, and others.


I often tell people I treat my sermons like a research paper in preparation and if I was publishing them there would be many, many footnotes to point to the ideas and thoughts of others.  It is very likely that whatever you hear / read in one of my sermons was said by someone else. 


One thing I do NOT do is tell someone else’s story as if it is mine.  If I say, “I did ‘x’” or if I talk about my doing “y” then I really did “x” and “y”.  This doesn’t apply to something I am telling as a joke, which I hope you can catch as it should be obvious.  Sometimes, though, the funny thing I am talking about did indeed happen to me.  

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