Aim: To sincerely value, understand, and employ God's holy book.
Doctrine: God's scripture is sufficient to equip his Churchmen for service, so long as it (the Bible) is faithfully taught and pastorally preached.
Exegesis: The self-authenticity of God's scripture: it derives its authority directly from heaven (v. 16a); its purpose is to teach all people Christ's gospel (v. 16b); its end goal is to develop Christlikeness in believers (v. 17).
Further application: How we are to profit from God's scripture: first, by hearing and reading it; then, by applying and sharing it.
Key verse: v. 16 ''All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness...''
Rev. Mark Henninger received his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and he has been Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois for more than 25 years.