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Why you need the Bible in your life!

By Pastor Michael J. Matiscik

Christian Fellowship Church - “Hammond’s Bible Church”

You need answers in life. You need the Bible—for many reasons. The Bible tells you how to get into heaven and how to have a better life, just to name a couple things. Only the Bible can give you real answers. Even if you consider yourself a good person and have a good life, you still need the truths of the Bible.

The Bible is the best-selling book every year for a reason. The Bible has wisdom that is unparalleled. We all need its superior truth.

But, not only do you need to read the Bible, you also need a church that teaches the Bible correctly. Like the eunuch in Acts 8, you need someone to guide you through the Bible. It’s similar to a map. If you read it wrong, you will get even more lost.

Most people are lost. The Bible says that people without God lack love and direction. The Bible compares lost people to the man who is “in darkness and walks in darkness and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” We all need the light of the Bible, so that we aren’t like this man.

So, if you do not want to be lost, I suggest attending a “Bible Church,” a church that really teaches the Bible. A Bible Church is committed to using the Bible as its standard. A Bible Church is driven by what the Bible actually says, because a Bible Church believes the Bible is the Word of God. A church’s view of the Bible impacts what a church does and believes.

It seems like a “no-brainer” that a person going to church would want to know what God says. At Christian Fellowship Church, we see ourselves as Hammond’s Bible Church. We believe the Bible is critical to understanding God, and we want the people of our community to know God. I always say, “right thinking leads to right living.” We can only think right and live right if the Bible is driving our thinking.

Today, many lives are in disarray because God’s word is ignored. I truly believe that people’s lives get even more complicated by churches that teach the Bible incorrectly. It is like going to a bad doctor. He will only make matters worse.

Sadly, most churches are not teaching the Bible correctly. I once flew from San Francisco to Los Angeles where I found myself sitting next to a prominent religious leader. On this trip, we discussed how a person gets to heaven. I was driven to explain my position from verses in the Bible, while this person was not. And, when I told this religious leader the Bible teaches good works do not get you into heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9 says we are saved by grace through faith and not by works), this false teacher responded in anger, “well, you cannot trust the Bible!” So sad!

The response of this false teacher is typical. The majority of churches in our day, and those who attend them, believe the same thing. They believe that the religious traditions are more important than the Bible. Unfortunately, this has brought much harm to people’s lives and their families.

A Bible Church is committed to expository preaching. Expository means to explain and describe the meaning of words in a written text. Through explaining and teaching the text of the Bible, it is the Bible that drives the teaching at our church.

We do not bring our preconceived opinions to our studies. Instead, we use basic reading principles to let the Bible speak for itself. This method allows us to understand for ourselves the truth of God’s Word. This determines what we believe and how we worship.

I have found people that do not attend a Bible church are often confused about their worship practices. Even if they have attended church all their lives, they are confused. They go to church and have no idea why they are standing or sitting or repeating certain words. I know for myself, I was always confused at church services before attending a Bible church.

In the Bible, there is a strong mandate to preach the Bible. As you read this passage from the book of 1st Timothy, chapter 4, it is clear what God wants taught in His church by His pastors:

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.

The meaning is clear. The Word (of God) is to be preached in all aspects of ministry. How could it be any clearer? This is not the only passage indicating how to preach, as there are countless others. This standard should impact the way you select a church and where you and your family worship.

If a person attends Christian Fellowship Church (The Bible Church of Hammond), he or she can always ask me why we do what we do, and why we believe what we believe. We hold it our responsibility to show what we believe and why we believe it from the Bible.

We know that the truth of the Bible changes lives. We hope you come and join us to find out. We also suggest listening to our podcasts to see the difference week after week!

May you attend a Bible Church. May you understand God and His ways! I know it will impact your life. It will give you the understanding you need for every issue of life. You are invited to attend our church where the Bible is clearly taught every week.

I hope to see you soon at Christian Fellowship Church, Hammond’s Bible Church! 605 165th St., Hammond, IN 46324.

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