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Is the Bible Enough for You?


When we say Scripture is sufficient, we mean that it is enough. But, enough for what? Scripture is enough for living a holy life. Scripture is enough for salvation.

Kevin DeYoung tells us in his book Taking God at His Word,

“God has given us all we need for life and godliness; Scripture is enough to make us wise for salvation and holy unto the Lord. If we learn to read the Bible down (into our hearts), across (the plot line of Scripture), out (to the end of the story), and up (to the glory of God in the face of Christ), we still find that every bit of the Bible is profitable for us. To affirm the sufficiency of Scripture is not to suggest that the Bible tells us everything we want to know about everything, but it does tell us everything we

need to know what matters most. Scripture does not give exhaustive information on every subject, but in every subject on which it speaks, it says only what is true. And in its truth we have enough knowledge to turn from sin, find a Savior, make good decisions, please God, and get to the root of our deepest problems.”

The Bible’s sufficiency is an encouragement to us to search the Bible for answers to life’s most important questions (II Tim 3:16-17). The Bible’s sufficiency warns us not to add to Scripture or to consider something of equal value to the Scripture. The Bible’s sufficiency keeps us from adding more sin or more requirements to those named in Scripture (Prov 30:6; Rev 22:19).

Do you live as if the Bible is enough for you? Who or what have you allowed to influence you or trump the voice that Scripture ought to have?

A Gospel Lesson from a College Football Game

The OU/Texas Tech football game this weekend was a game to remember, but not necessarily for good reasons. If you haven’t heard or didn’t see the game, the following data will summarize what kind of football contest it was:

  • 1,708 – the most combined yards in a NCAA football game (including all divisions and all levels)
  • 1,383 – the most total yards by two players (OU quarterback Baker Mayfield and Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes)
  • 1,279 – the most combined passing yards in a NCAA game
  • 819 – most total yards by a single player (Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes)
  • 11.2 – average yards per play (an OU record)

I don’t even remember if either team punted. I felt sorry for the scoreboard operator who must have felt like his finger was constantly pushing a score update button. I wondered how many extra calories the “1st down marker” guys got running back and forth as the teams went up and down the field.

The final score was 66-59. If you are a fan of offense, you may have felt like Christmas came early. But if you love defense or just good football, you would have either been bored (as I was), upset at the lack of defense, or embarrassed to call yourself a fan of either team.

In short, the game was a debacle.

The “scoring at will” reminds me of what it’s like to be unable to have victory over sin. I say unable, because the unbeliever may accomplish good things, but he is still in bondage to sin (John 8:34; Rom 7:24; II Tim 2:26). He “sins at will.”

ou-texas-techWatching this football game and expecting each team to score every time it has the ball is a lot like seeing an unbeliever and expecting them to choose to dishonor God. I am not surprised by the immoral behavior of those who aren’t Christians. I am not shocked when someone who doesn’t believe in God supports abortion or the homosexual agenda. Those individuals will not seek to live their lives for the glory of God (I Cor 10:31).

The good news is that no one has to live such a lifestyle. No one must remain in bondage to sin. No one needs to live a life where others expect them to waste is making immoral decisions that displease God. No one has to “sin at will.”

Jesus Christ is the Great Deliverer who cancels the power of sin and death (Rom 8:3-4).

If you are a reader of this blog and choose sin more often than not, it could be that you haven’t acknowledged Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Perhaps you haven’t repented of sin, trusted in Christ’s life and death as perfect atoning for your sins, and pledged your life to follow Him.

If you haven’t come to Jesus in this manner, today is the day to end a hopeless, doomed life without Christ. Today is the day of salvation (II Cor 6:2).

Q/A Friday: How Can Suffering Be a Blessing?

I Peter 3:14 reads, “But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. …”

Peter says, “Even if that commitment to doing good things is not well received and you are persecuting, count it a blessing.” Is Peter crazy? If he is, James is also out-of-his-mind for telling us to count it as joy when we face trials (Jam 1:2). Joseph would also be “nuts” when he told his brothers their harm was meant for good (Gen 50:20).

None of these men are actually crazy, because suffering can be a blessing. Let me give you a list of blessings for those who “suffer for righteousness sake.”

  • Those who suffer are strengthened (I Pet 5:10). Sufferers gain the strength they need from an omnipotent God. Without this promise, suffering would destroy all of us.
  • Those who suffer are given the gift of endurance (Jas 1:2-3). Sufferers learn to cherish the reality of surviving the trial by the grace of God.
  • Those who suffer are given a deeper appreciation for eternity (II Cor 4:17-18). How many of us have been in the middle of suffering and been only able to focus on one truth: in eternity this will all be gone.
  • Those who suffer have God on their side (Rom 8:31). When God is with you, as John Knox likes to say, you are always in the majority. You are always on the winning side. Suffering will not be the end of you.
  • Those who suffer know the sufficiency of God’s grace (II Cor 12:9-10). In every suffering, God gives us the exact dosage of grace we need.
  • Those who suffer know the importance of the church. (I Cor 12:26). The body of Christ becomes so important to us when we face a trial. Without the church, we are very much alone.
  • Those who suffer do so to be a testimony to others. Remember the blind man in John 9? Jesus said he suffered in order for God’s works to be displayed in Him (John 9:3). As a result of God’s healing of him, he would be a walking, talking, seeing witness for the Gospel to everyone around him.
  • Those who suffer are purified (I Pet 1:7). Sin is purged during suffering, worldly pleasures are pushed aside, priorities are set, lessons are learned, etc.
  • Those who suffer are identified with Christ (II Tim 1:8). To live as Christ is to suffer as Christ.
  • Those who suffer can comfort other sufferers (II Cor 1:3-4). People who suffer can approach others suffering and say “I know how you feel. I have been in your shoes. Let me help you.”

You could add to the list these blessings of suffering: to strengthen our commitment to God, to produce discernment, to help us be more empathetic, to discipline our thinking, to show us true wisdom, to deepen our relationship with Christ, to lead us to repent of sin, to teach us to be more thankful, or to increase our faith

I have many Christians who talk about the school of suffering and how the lessons they learned during those difficulties could never have been learned any other way. John Piper has written,

“I have never heard anyone say, ‘The really deep lessons of my life have come through times of ease and comfort.’ But I have heard strong saints say, ‘Every significant advance I have ever made in grasping the depths of God’s love and growing deep with him has come through suffering’.”[1]


If you have a question you would like to submit to our blog to be answered in the future, please it to or pose your question in the comments section of this post.

[1] A Godward Life, pg. 287

What Will John Piper Write Next?

The Thursday feature of the Worldly Saints blog will be sharing of a media clip (audio or video) that has either educated, equipped, provoked or entertained us in some way.

John Piper has written some great books (e.g., Let the Nations Be Glad, Brothers We Are Not Professionals) and he is not done yet. To see what is “simmering” in his mind these days and may end up in book form in the near future, click here.


You Can’t Buy Your Way Into Heaven

Psalm 49:5-9– “Why should I fear in times of trouble, when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me, those who trust in their wealth and boast of the abundance of their riches? Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life, for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice, that he should live on forever and never see the pit?”

Some see their money as their salvation or their “end all.” These are the individuals that would subscribe to the 1980’s bumper sticker mantra “he who dies with the most toys wins.” They depend and “trust” in their riches.

There is a story about the French atheist and philosopher Voltaire (1694-1778). He was a man who trusted in his riches for he was a very wealthy man. During the last few days of his death, he begged his doctor, “I will give you half of all I possess if you will give me six more months of life.”

It didn’t happen; none of his riches could slow the certainty of death. Those who trust in their riches think they can buy life.

Eternal life cannot be bought. It cannot be bought with good works or prestige or popularity or riches. Peter would say it this way, “Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (I Pet 1:18-19). It was “costly”; it cost the Son of God His life. And no “silver or gold” can “redeem his brother.”

Jim Clark, who co-founded Netscape, is an incredibly rich man who grew in his reputation of buying whatever he wanted when he wanted it. He once said, “I grew up in Texas, the prototypical poor boy. When you make it, you start to think there isn’t anything you want than you can’t buy.” He couldn’t be more wrong.

Wealthy people might be able to buy better health care or live in safe environments to extend their life but they cannot buy eternal life; God alone redeems.

Ligon Duncan said in his sermon “Trusting in Wealth” (based on Psalm 49),

“Riches cannot buy talent. They cannot buy the excellency of mind or heart. They cannot give a good physical constitution. They cannot prolong life. They tend to increase rather than diminish our fears. They cannot soothe a guilty conscience. They cannot cool a fever. They cannot fix a headache or a heartache. They can contribute nothing to salvation.”[1]

One commentator just simply says “Death laughs at bags of gold.”[2]

Wealth has always been insufficient and it will always be. It cannot purchase exemption from eternity in hell. Wealth cannot buy eternal life. It’s like trying to buy a house or car with Monopoly money; it just can’t happen. Money does not solve everything and it certainly can’t solve the biggest issue in life – our eternal destiny.


[1] J. Ligon Duncan, “Trusting in Wealth,”

[2] Exposition of Psalms, pg. 540.

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