Book Review Blurb: Taking God at His Word

The Tuesday feature of the Worldly Saints blog references something I have been reading lately. The post is meant to share some of my reflections from the latest book, magazine article or blog post I have or am reading.

 

Reading Rank: 10 out of 10

DeYoung KevinKevin DeYoung is more than a well-known blogger. He is more than the Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan. He is more than a highly sought-after conference speaker. DeYoung is one of the most important leaders in the church today. And being a man who is my age (37), I am very hopeful that he will be used of God to step into some of the leadership shoes of men like John MacArthur and John Piper.

DeYoung has written a number of books I would commend to you (Just Do Something, The Hole in Our Holiness, Crazy Busy). And here is another one, which is the focus of this blog: Taking God at His Word.

This book is simply a defense of “why the Bible is knowable, necessary, and enough, and what that means for you and me.”

It is the most concise explanation and application of the sufficiency and inerrancy of Scripture I know of. The most encouraging sections of this book are Chapters 3-7.

 

Chapter 3 – God’s Word is Enough – As he exposits Hebrews 1:1-4, DeYoung unpacks the meaning of Scripture’s sufficiency and gives help on how we can see Scripture as sufficiency and keep tradition in it’s proper place, keep from adding or subtracting from the Bible, see the relevance of the Bible to all life and godliness (II Pet 1:3) and encourage us to hear the voice of God when we read the Bible.

Chapter 4 – God’s Word is Clear – Deuteronomy 30:11-14 is the main text DeYoung uses here as he explains how “the doctrine of the clarity of Scripture is not a wild assertion that the meaning of every verse in the Bible will be patently obvious to everyone. Rather, the perspicuity of Scripture upholds the notion that ordinary people using ordinary means can accurately understand enough of what must be known, believes, and observed for them to be faithful Christians.” (pg. 59)

Chapter 5 – God’s Word is Final – The authority of Scripture is the topic of this exposition from Acts 17:1-15. The example of the Bereans is the tangible calling DeYoung explains as the Bereans were people willing to measure everything they heard with one source of truth – the Bible.

Chapter 6 – God’s Word is Necessary – I Corinthians 2:6-16 becomes the text for this chapter on the subject of how Scripture enables us to love a godly life. It possesses a real wisdom that doesn’t originate from us.

 

He calls these four truths about Scripture the “fantastic four” (pgs. 92-93) when he concludes “Counselors can counsel meaningfully because Scripture is sufficient. Bible study leaders can lead confidently because Scripture is clear. Preachers can preach with boldness because their biblical text is authoritative. And evangelists can evangelize with urgency because the Scripture is necessary.” (pg. 92)

You would do yourself a favor by purchasing this book.

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