The Word Matters: Defending Biblical Authority Against the Spirit of the Age by Dave Jenkins
Is the Bible true? Does it ever err? And does its morality still matter? Many Christians ask these questions in a sincere effort to grow in their faith. Still, others, armed with common claims of biblical contradictions, scientific inaccuracies, and outdated sexual morality, do so out of sheer unbelief. Despite these questions being sufficiently answered on numerous occasions, still, they persist.
The authority of the Bible matters. The rich tradition of biblical teaching throughout the Church has already responded to the issues and challenges of our day. We do not need to make up answers, for we have them in the rich tradition of Christian theology. In The Word Matters, Dave Jenkins take readers by the hand and helps them understand how serious the issue of biblical authority is and how the Bible is under attack so that they can stand with confidence on the Word of God.
"Many Christians are operating under a faulty understanding of what the Bible is and the role it plays in our life. The Word Matters is a robust yet accessible primer for every Christian to deepen their understanding of infallibility and inerrancy and biblical inspiration and authority. It also serves as a crash course in the importance of biblical doctrine as it touches everything from our salvation and sanctification to our relationships with others. This is a great book to hand to a new Christian, but it is also a good reminder to every Christian of the value and beauty of biblical authority."
Author of Another Gospel: A Lifelong Christian Seeks Truth in Response to Progressive Christianity
"The Word Matters by Dave Jenkins is written with the breadth of a historian, the precision of a theologian, the perspective of a worldview scholar, and the clarity of an author who writes to serve his readers. Jenkins asserts that the Bible matters, and he provides reasons that back up his claim. Throughout, the thoughtful reader will learn how to think biblically and skillfully employ the Bible in the face of non-Christian philosophies. A trustworthy Bible means that there is a foundation for true, life-giving hope. I commend this book to you!"
Ray Rhodes Jr.
Author of Yours, till Heaven, the Untold Love Story of
Charles and Susie Spurgeon
and Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon
"Martyn Lloyd-Jones stated in referring to the Christian, “He is a man of one book; he starts with it; he submits himself to it; this is his authority.” The Word of God is truth, and it is our standard and definition of truth. In his most excellent, informative read, The Word Matters, Dave Jenkins lays out for us the importance of why we need to have a correct theological understanding of the doctrine of Scripture. When we grasp what terms like inerrancy, infallibility, and inspiration mean, it equips us to live out our daily lives in a way that honors the Lord. I’m grateful how Dave walked us through these terms and so many more issues and challenges we face as believers as we find ourselves in a world where the Bible is under attack. The Word Matters is a helpful, practical read that gives us a clear picture of what it looks like when God’s Word is your authority for all of life. My favorite reminder he gives us is “Doctrine is not only to be believed; it should adorn our lives.”
Blogger and Podcaster at ThankfulHomemaker.com
"We live in a world where compromise is king and personal liberty is regarded as a cherished right. Indeed, many are doing what is right in their own eyes (Judg. 21:25). The Word Matters by Dave Jenkins takes a radically different approach. With the mind of a seasoned theologian and the heart of a caring pastor, Jenkins urges readers to submit themselves to Scripture. The result is a worshiper who is fully surrendered to God. Jenkins’s fine work raises the bar of biblical authority by examining the critical doctrines of inspiration, inerrancy, and infallibility. Additionally, he militates against the diabolical dogma of theological liberalism and exposes the underbelly of this pernicious system. In the end, The Word Matters challenges readers to cling to the timeless truth that resides in God’s Word. Rather than compromise the truth, Jenkins calls readers to accept it wholeheartedly, unreservedly, and joyfully!"
David S. Steele
Senior Pastor, Christ Fellowship, Everson, Washington
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dave Jenkins is the Founder and Executive Director of Servants of Grace Ministries, the Host and Producer for the Equipping You in Grace Podcast, and the Executive Editor of Theology for Life Magazine. He is happily married to Sarah, and together they live, serve, and worship the Lord Jesus in Southern Oregon.
Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.443 in
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