Archive for September, 2009

How Jesus Viewed Scripture

September 28, 2009

For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law until all is fulfilled. Matthew 5:19

The Old Testament was the Bible Jesus knew, read and memorized. As a child he saturated his heart and mind with the Hebrew Scriptures such that by age twelve his parents found him in the temple teaching the teachers (Luke 2:41-52). During his earthly ministry, he took every opportunity to affirm the trustworthiness of Scripture. This is one of those places.

Jesus held a high view of Scripture and so should we. He made it clear that the Scriptures he came to fulfill were trustworthy down to the smallest markings in the Hebrew alphabet. I love the way the King James version of the Bible renders this verse, using words like “jot” and “tittle.” We would say it this way: you can trust God’s word – all of it! – because the Author dots his is and crosses his ts.

In the Hebrew alphabet, the “tittle” is a small seraph-like marking that differentiates one letter from another, and thus one word from another. Think of the slight difference between the capital letters “R” and “P” in the English alphabet, and the difference between the words “Raid” and “Paid.” Small markings really do matter because they change the meaning of words and sentences.

Through the centuries, Jewish scribes carefully copied the Scripture onto parchment, paying attention to every jot and tittle and making the Bible the most well-attested ancient book ever written.

Elsewhere, during a hard conversation with the Pharisees, Jesus said, “It is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail” (Luke 16:17). What is your view of Scripture? Is it the same as Jesus’s?

New Sermon Series Starts This Weekend

September 17, 2009

Lessons from the Sermon on the Mount from IBC on Vimeo.

This weekend I start a brand new series of messages called Lessons from the Sermon on the Mount. This series begins at the same time we are launching our new Saturday Night Worship service. I will be preaching the same sermon and series on both Saturday night and Sunday morning. I begin this weekend with a message titled INFLUENCE from Matthew 5:13-16.

We now have six (6) exciting worship services to choose from at Immanuel:

  • Saturday night at 6:30pm (Union Station at 5pm)
  • Sunday at 8am, 9:30am and 11am
  • Hispanos en Cristo at 12:30pm led by Pastor Juan Ancalle
  • Venture Young Adults service at 11am (in the gym) led by Dr. Danny Leavins

Ron Jones is a pastor whose greatest passion is to introduce people to Jesus Christ through anointed biblical preaching that transforms lives.

 

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