Sermon: The Name Says It All

Pastor Jeffrey C. Day

Bible Believer’s Community Church

What’s in a name? Actually, quite a bit. I remember when I was raised as a child, my father tried to instill in us kids how important a good name was and that “we should never do anything that would bring shame to the ‘Day’ name.” Our church is still less than a year old, but God has been blessing and we are seeing growth and I praise God for that. When we had our first meeting, we had to decide on a name and we all had prayed that God would bless us. We unanimously selected “Bible Believer’s Community Church” for our name ’m sure that was the leading of the Holy Spirit, but with that name comes responsibility.

We believe the Bible and you’ll never hear this preacher correct it. We use the King James Bible, but we will never check what Bible is being used by those who come. That being said, we believe the Bible is just what it says, the Words of God. The Apostle Paul, when writing to the church in Thessalonica, stated in 2 Thessalonians 2:13, “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” If any person truly believes that the Bible is the word of God, then they would never be so presumptuous as to attempt to correct it. God doesn’t need the help of anybody to make his word clearer or more appealing. God is God and He said what He wanted to say. Our job is to believe it and live by it.

There are some people that don’t believe we have the Holy Scriptures today. While I will very quickly agree that the Holy Scriptures have been under attack since the beginning of time; however, I totally, completely and irrefutably disagree that we do not have the Holy Scriptures. I accept the King James Bible as God’s word on earth and that the Holy Scriptures were preserved in that wonderful book. Many scholars scoff at such a statement and always try to assert that the Holy Scriptures are contained in the original manuscripts. There is only one problem with that statement; the original manuscripts do not exist. There are ancient manuscripts, but ancient does not make it the correct manuscript. Consider what the Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 2:17, “For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.”

Satan first attacked the word of God in Genesis 3:1, when he said, “Yea, hath God said…” Satan wants God’s creation to question the word of God. Satan wants to make it confusing. Satan wants you to believe that the Bible is just man’s idea about what God wants. Satan’s first interaction with mankind was to attack the word of God and attempt to get God’s creation to doubt it and his mode of operation hasn’t changed. He still attacks God’s word and he still tries to get God’s creation to doubt it and as we see from 2 Corinthians 2:17 above, men were corrupting the word of God when Paul walked the earth, and they still corrupt it.

Around here, we’ll just believe it. We will try our best to live by it. We will accept it as it is in truth, the word of God, not man. We will submit our wills to it and accept IT as the final authority on all matters of faith and practice. We will reject any idea that it comes from man or that it has any “unfortunate mistranslations.” We will not allow the scholars, nor any other man to take its place as the final authority. I’ve heard some say, “You’ve made the Bible an idol.” That’s simply ridiculous. We never bow down and worship the book, but with that being said, have you ever considered what King David said in Psalms 138:2, “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou has magnified thy word above all thy name.”

That brings us back to our starting point, what’s in a name? God’s name is very important to Him and the Bible has a lot to say about the names of God, yet God has magnified His word above all of His name. I would be too afraid to tamper with that Holy Word. It’s so much easier just to believe it. This church is a place for those who fully believe the word of God. So, what’s in a name? It defines what you are and what you stand for. We believe the word of God…We’re Bible believers.