The Bible Only – Pastor Ray Schroeder

I am very honored and blessed to share this article that my pastor wrote for this blog. Pastor Ray Schroeder is a guest writer for this blog and is the Senior Pastor at St. George Community Church. Thank you for sharing your words and what God has put on your heart.

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Today as I write this article the world is following hurricane Irma as it makes it’s way toward Florida. People in Houston, Texas, are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Last night an 8.1 earthquake hit off of Mexico and another earthquake hit in Japan. Many things are happening in the world, including increased tensions with North Korea. Many individuals are feeling stressed-out. They are worried. Others are experiencing something called ‘compassion fatigue’ where they just can’t deal with one more disaster and it’s affect on the victims. Where do we turn for help? Where can we find hope and peace? Only in Jesus Christ and his Word.

a74895653b5528117d0d0f3179520465Jesus said His words are Spirit and they are life (John 6:63). His apostles admitted there was no one else to whom they could turn because he had the words of eternal life (John 6:68). Eternal life is lived right now as well as forever as we believe in Jesus’ words: we are saved by faith in Him and we are to believe that always. We are to let the word of Christ dwell in us richly and abundantly (Colossians 3:16). Don’t just read a verse here and there once in a while. If that’s all the Words of Jesus and of God that you are reading then you won’t experience the deep peace and hope that God has for you.

bible_enRemember, when Jesus was facing temptation from Satan in the wilderness he responded with God’s Word: “Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Every word from the Bible is God’s Word and nourishes our spirits with hope and peace. Satan tempts us today with fear and worry. He doesn’t want us to fully trust God’s Word. “Did God say?” was the first temptation from Satan in the Garden of Eden when we tried to get Eve to doubt God’s word. Don’t doubt, but feed daily upon the Bible and you will be strengthened against all worry and temptation

The Bible says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). How does Christ strengthen you? Through feeding upon His words daily. Just like bread nourishes your body so too does God’s Word nourish and strengthen your spirit. Eat them up and devour them!

The great temptation today in the face of so much disaster and fear is people will try to find comfort and help in other peoples’ words instead of Jesus’ words. People turn to self-help gurus, everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Dr. Oz. People turn to other religions, too. Many are reading books from far eastern religions like Buddhism or Hinduism thinking they can find help there. Some of the things that these people say and write can be helpful, in a way. Some of the things they say are even similar to the things in the Bible:  Similar but not the same. There is only one Bible and so only one Word of God. This is the point of what I’m saying. Only the Bible has God’s Words and only God in Jesus Christ has the words of eternal life and hope and peace.

There are some books out there that even use Jesus’ name and say they have heard from Jesus and are transcribing what Jesus told them. One big-selling author today is Sarah Young who wrote the book “Jesus Calling.” People who have read her books say they have been helpful to them and that her teachings are similar to those of the Bible. But they are not the Bible. You see, there is only one Bible. The Bible is only the sixty-six books that have come down to us since the first century as the Old and New Testament. Jesus is found in both those testaments. Nothing else is the Bible. And only in the Bible do we find God’s Words. The Bible is totally sufficient for our needs.

7db7f87187eed67e28ffa402a2f759d1In the gospel of John it says that grace and truth came from Jesus Christ (John 1:17) and Jesus said my grace is sufficient for you (2 Corinthians 12:9). God’s words are truth (John 17:17) and they bring grace to those who believe and read them. Now certainly, just reading and memorizing the Bible doesn’t help unless you’ve been born again by the Holy Spirit. We must humble ourselves and receive with meekness the implanted word (James 1:21), then God will lift us up and give us new life. One is born again by hearing, reading and believing the Words of God in Jesus Christ: “You have been born again…through the enduring Word of God” (1 Peter 3:23). This is true because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).

The word of God, which is the sixty-six books of the Bible, is sufficient for all our needs and by faith it renews our hope and gives us peace in Jesus Christ. Don’t settle for substitutes for the Bible. Besides “Jesus Calling” there is something called “A Course in Miracles” which has sold millions of copies. The ‘author,’ Helen Schucman, said she simply transcribed the words that Jesus was saying to her. By reading books that claim to be words of Jesus but which aren’t the Bible we are setting ourselves up to receive instruction from someone or some source that is not Jesus and will not be helpful. Jesus words in the Bible are totally sufficient for all our needs.

Jesus said that before he returns there will be many come ‘in His name’ saying that they are Him (Matthew 24:24) and they will deceive many. Don’t risk being deceived. Many are coming now saying they have a word from Jesus or that Jesus has told them new and encouraging things. Don’t believe it.  Get back into the Bible and read it daily and feed upon each word that God in Jesus Christ has given us. Then you will have life in you which is His words:–“My words are spirit and they are life.”  Jesus said ‘My grace (and truth) is sufficient for you.” What is truth? God’s words are truth (John 17:17).

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Jesus said ‘it is finished.’ The Bible is finished, and it is the foundation given us by the prophets and the apostles (those living at Jesus’ time) and Christ is the corner stone (Ephesians 2:20).  The Scriptures also say that no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid (1 Corinthians 3:11). The Foundation is Christ along with His Apostles and before them the Prophets of the Old Testament who wrote about Him (Ephesians 2:20). But once you’ve laid a foundation you don’t lay another foundation. The foundation is done and finished. It is the Bible—the words of Christ Jesus.  The Bible says “do not add to His (God’s) words lest He rebuke you…” (Proverbs 30:6). Don’t add anything to God’s Word, the Bible.

The world is in great need today of a savior which is Jesus Christ. He has the words of eternal life. His words are spirit and they are life. There are no other words that can give us eternal hope and peace. Only His words. And they are found only in the Bible. To please God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we are called to believe Him and His Words and let them dwell in us richly. We needn’t turn to other words when we have the words we need right in front of us in the Bible. And then we can share this truth with others around us. Encourage others to get back to the Bible only and give up other writings and books that claim they are from Jesus.

Beware of any book that says it is ‘another testament of Jesus,’ or that Jesus has directly spoken to them. Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ The foundation has been laid. There is only one testament of Jesus Christ (in two parts) and it’s found in the sixty-six books of the Bible. You don’t need any other testaments. Jesus came that you might have life and have it abundantly. You don’t need to search any farther than your Bible to find that life. Read it and believe.

Beloved, believe not every spiritWe live in troublesome times. There are disasters happening daily. People are searching for answers. During this time, people will be deceived. Many will come, Jesus warned us, saying they are the Christ or they have heard directly from Jesus. We must find strength for these times in God’s Word, alone—in the Bible. We don’t need anything else but God’s Word received meekly and in faith through the Holy Spirit. Let us all humble ourselves and receive the implanted word with reverence and trust and then Jesus will grant us His peace, today and everyday!

Pastor Ray

Sept. 8, 2017

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8 thoughts on “The Bible Only – Pastor Ray Schroeder

  1. Pastor, At the beginning of your message I noticed that you are the pastor of a church in Utah. What is it like to be a pastor of a Christian church that rightfully teaches from the Bible only? I live in Summerville, South Carolina and attend a Southern Baptist Church called Summerville Baptist Church. Is it difficult to be a Christian in a predominant Mormon state? My guess is that it would be and even more difficult to be a pastor or reverend.
    I visited the website of your church that was located at the beginning of your message. What a lovely church and area. I was also reading through other messages on this blog and if you would be OK would your church and yourself like to be lifted in prayers. If it is permissible, I would like to add you to our church intercessory team members?

    Blessings from South Carolina
    Gina Kutcher

    1. Hi, Gina. Thanks for your question. I would answer that rather than being difficult to be a Christian in a predominantly Mormon state that it is a challenge. It is a challenge in a good way, in that you must know what you believe and why you believe it according to the Bible only. Utah is a beautiful state and St. George is a wonderful community with terrific people. I’m so blessed to be a pastor here and to be serving a Bible-believing, Christ-honoring church. I give thanks everyday. Thanks for your prayers!

  2. To Pastor Ray,
    I have been searching for answers or shall I say, a way of reaching out to those who are witnessing the calamity’s that are going on in our world and are afraid of what is coming next. I came across your message last night after a friend of a friend shared it on Facebook. I have family that lives in Florida and they are afraid of what could happen. We are all fearful of what could be the worse hurricane ever.

    Philippians 4:19- And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

    When I clicked on the link that came across my Facebook page, I knew that God heard my pleas for answers and a way to make sense of everything. Most of all, it provided me with hope. I am a born again Christian and I know that Christ has all the answers and is the Only answer. I let fear take over and your message was immediate. As I was praying for answers, your message was in front of me.

    I immediately sent the message to my family members that are feeling stressed and worried. We discussed how God sends nature disasters like Hurricane Harvey and Irma. Not only does he send hurricanes, he also sends tsunamis, fires, tornadoes and other types of disasters. We prayed together for all of the nations and our country. When natural disasters such as those that are occurring now, it is a reminder that we must trust in Him and change our lives.

    “No prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:20-21).

    Pastor, may you be blessed in all things and may your words be a beacon of light and hope to a world that is suffering. May Jesus Christ open the hearts of those who hears your messages. Pastor, may you find peace and good health spiritually and physically. May those who are close to you feel the presence and love of Jesus Christ.

    1. Hi Jeremy. Thanks for your comment. I was encouraged by your faith in the Word and your sharing with your family that we have no need to fear anything if we are in Jesus Christ. I believe you have the right attitude and, like you said, when these disasters happen it is ‘a reminder that we must trust in Him and change our lives.’ God bless you!

  3. I have been having a discussion with a friend about if the Bible is authentic and if it is truly inspired by God. My friend feels like it isn’t inspired by God and that it is nothing more than pipe dreams and Christians are looking through rose colored glasses. I believe that the Bible is infallible and is inspired by God. Can you direct me or reference Bible verses that I can use to explain to her and share why Christians believe the Bible is the Word of God. I read most of the blog posts that are on Senseless Ramblings of the Mindless. I will keep an eye out for any posts that you make as a guest writer. I’m assuming you will be posting more blog posts since you are listed as a guest writer.

    1. Hi, Diane. Thanks for your comment. I’m glad to hear you believe in the Bible as infallible and inspired by God. So many don’t now. I want to encourage you in witnessing to your friend about the absolute truth of the Bible. Jesus believed every Word of the Bible was God’s Word and that it was all true. He said in John 17:17 “Your Word is truth.” He was talking to His heavenly Father about the Bible. He also said that no part of the Law will pass away (Matt. 5:18). He said that Scripture cannot be broken (John 10:35). If Jesus, God’s only son, believes the Bible is entirely the truth and infallible then I do too. Also, it says in 2 Timothy 3:16 that all scripture is inspired by God. Also, in 2 Peter 1:20-21 it says that men were moved by the Holy Spirit to write the Bible. But unless one is born again of the Spirit they will not be able to see that the Bible is God’s Word. One must first humble herself before God and become meek, like Jesus said he was meek, and then the Holy Spirit will show that person that the Bible is infallible and totally inspired by God. Thanks again!

  4. Awesome thank you so much Pastor Ray, I always know that when you share God’s word it is and always will be the truth as it is written,so very easy to understand, I sure miss my home church and home, please know that my thoughts and prayers are surely with you both and I love and miss you both.

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