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The 'Word of God' is primarily, before anything else, a PERSON - Jesus, the incarnate Word (John 1:1).

The Bible, God's written Word in Scripture, points us to Jesus is focussed on him. Jesus says the Old Testament Scripture is written concerning him (Luke 24) and the explicit purpose of the New Testament is 'These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing, you may have life in his name.' So the primary purpose of the bible, among all its other purposes, is to point us to the Incarnate Word, the person, Jesus. In that way it functions as God's instruction manual and love letter. 

This sermon was preached at Pakenham Lakeside Church on Sunday 12th February 2017.

NOTE: The sermon as recorded includes discussion and interaction about barriers and roadblocks to reading and engaging with God's written Word in Scripture, and practical ways of addressing those. Please use those times to think through these questions for yourself.

The sermon can be enhanced by viewing the Prezi zooming visuals found at this link.

Enjoy!

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