The Navigator: 11.5.2020

THIS SUNDAY, 11/8

Preacher:  D.L. Lowrie

 

Boxes are available in the Commons! 

Nov. 15 – Boxes, filled with supplies, are due at BHBC.

 

WHY ARE THERE SO MANY BIBLE TRANSLATIONS?

I get asked that from time to time.  The answer? So we can read the Bible. (The truth is, since the autographs (originals) of the Bible do not exist, every single Bible that’s ever been printed is, by definition, a translation.)

But, it may be surprising that getting a Bible in the language we understand came at great cost.  John Wycliffe and William Tyndale were merely two of the pioneers of Bible translation burned at the stake for the “crime” of translating the Bible into the language of the common people.   One historian describes Tyndale’s final moments:

On Friday, October 6, 1536, after local officials took their seats, Tyndale was brought to the cross in the middle of the town square and given a chance to recant. That refused, he was given a moment to pray. English historian John Foxe said he cried out, “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes!”

Why would the religious leadership consider the translation of the Bible from Latin into English, German, or other languages a crime worthy of death?  Because, as Wycliffe, Tyndale, and other martyrs rightly believed, all Christians should be able to learn the Christian faith for themselves.  This conviction necessitated the Scriptures needing to be translated into languages the people understood.  However, this was a courageous, nay dangerous, endeavor.  For when the masses were able to read the Bible for themselves, the corrupt church leadership of the day would no longer be able to manipulate the people by manipulating the scriptures.

The brave Wycliffe, hailed as the morning star of the Reformation, went so far as to call out the church leadership publicly,

England belongs to no pope. The pope is but a man, subject to sin, but Christ is the Lord of Lords and this kingdom is to be held directly and solely of Christ alone.

Wycliffe would also say to church leadership,

“If God spare my life, ere many years I will cause a boy who drives a plough to know more of the scriptures than you do.”

This did not sit well with the power-hungry pastors of days.

The blood of many men paved the way for us to have the Bible translated into languages people can understand.

I have a number of books in my library describing how we got our English Bible. I am deeply moved every time I refer to them.  May we never take the scriptures we hold in our hand for granted.

Click here to read a solid article on the value of multiple English translations. 

 

What is the Definition of Christianity?

Have you ever been asked that question?  If not, how would you answer it?  How about beginning with letting God answer the question:

For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received—that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures. – 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. – Romans 10:9-10

 

 

A Nugget from Wed’s time of learning in John 812-21:  Willful Ignorance

Unbelief never has enough proof; willful ignorance never has enough truth.

Willful ignorance is demonstrated by that person who says, “Don’t bother me with facts. My mind is already made up.”

Jesus said,

If anyone wants (is willing to; desires) to do God’s will, he will know about my teaching, whether it is from God or whether I speak from my own authority.

In short, if you’re willing to know the truth, you’ll know the truth.

Ignorance is cheap; ignorance is common; and ignorance in the face of evidence for truth is terminal.

The author of Hebrews lamented,

So we see that [Israel] could not enter [the Promised Land] because of unbelief.

The only unpardonable sin is unbelief.

And a willing unbeliefa refusal to to honestly investigate the claims of Christ – is a death sentence.

To watch the lesson in its entirety click here.

 

BHBC UNIVERSITY MINISTRY IS GROWING!

If you’ve never had a chance to meet Shawn Coleman you are missing out on a blessing.  God brought Shawn to us a few years ago to shepherd a fledgling university ministry.  What God has done through him is nothing short of amazing.

God has given Shawn favor in our community.  For example, last year he was asked by the coaching staff at LCU to lead weekly Bible Studies for them.

Now, due to outgrowing their mid-week meeting room on the second floor, they’ve been forced to find a larger place to meet.  So, last night, for the first time they met in our Student Ministry assembly room, and will continue to do so until further notice.

Pray for Shawn, his wife (Kimberly), and their two precious daughters.

 

QUOTES of the WEEK

And…,

 

LAUGHTER IS  GOOD MEDICINE

Personally, I stand behind this statement.

 

SOUL FOOD:  Paranormal Activity – Can we communicate with our deceased loved ones?

Seasonally, we’re a week late on this topic.  But, doctrinely, for Christians it’s always relevant.  Read the blog here.

 

For a list of Search Team members, or to know the steps for communicating with the Team, please click here and scroll down. Pray for them!

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick