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Bear Bulletin – 05/01/2016

Look for a helpful article on how we know the Bible really is made up of our 66 books. Also look for the April update from Pastor Sam and Brink’s April outreach to Malawi.

Brink’s Outreach to Malawi – April 2016

“For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”

– 1 Cor. 9:16

 Malawi leadership team

From right to left are: Mildred and Pastor Sam, Pastor Lichapa, Pastor Gibson, and Kenneth Kulupane – a deacon at Pastor Lichapa’s church.

This is the foundational verse that the Brink team clung to as they headed to central Malawi. Pastor Sam, Mildred, Pastor Brian, and Esinathy traveled 350 miles across eastern Zimbabwe, through Mozambique to Liwonde, Malawi to begin their 10 day outreach of encouragement to the Baptist fraternity of pastors, elders, deacons and their wives.

Canonicity: Why These 66 Books? – by nathan busenitz

Have you ever looked at your Bible and wondered, “How do we know that these 66 books, and no others, comprise the inspired Word of God?”

That is a critically important question, since there are many today who would deny that these 66 books truly make up the complete canon of Scripture.

The Roman Catholic Church, for example, claims that the Apocryphal books which were written during the inter-testamental period (between the Old and New Testaments) ought to be included in the Bible. Cult groups like the Mormons want to add their own books to the Bible—things like the Book of MormonThe Doctrines and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price. And then there are popular books and movies, like The Da Vinci Code from several years back, that claim later Christians (like Constantine) determined what was in the Bible centuries after these books were written.
So, how do we know that “all Scripture” consists of these 66 books? How do we know that the Bible we hold in our hands is the complete Word of God?