How important is Scripture in your life? Do you see it as bread necessary for life (Deuteronomy 8:3) or as a stale crumb that is hard to chew through? Do you see it as living and active (Hebrews 4:12) or as an age-old book full of suggestions that we can take or leave? How you answer this question will directly impact your relationship with God Himself. It is also a ruling guide as to the authenticity of our relationship with Christ (Psalm 1:2; Psalm 40:8; 1 John 5:2,3). God has chosen to reveal Himself to us in a book. This book is the Bible. It is not by accident that one of the most heated debates in Christianity today is centered around the authority and authenticity of the Bible. Was not Satan’s first question used to draw us away from God, “Did God actually say?” (Genesis 3:1).
In this book review, we will take a look at “Taking God At His Word.” by Kevin DeYoung. Kevin DeYoung is the Pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan. Kevin has a great ability to always begin with the text of God’s word unapologetically and apply it compassionately to cultural issues. He is a minister that I seek to model in my teaching, preaching, and writing.
The main point of the book is summed up in the subtitle: “Why the Bible is knowable, necessary, and enough and what that means for you and me.”
Kevin invites us to know and remember that God has taught us about Himself in the Bible. He wants to be known by us, and that is why He has preserved His words for us in the Bible. The Bible is the only book given to us by God, therefore it is necessary to know God through His word. We cannot know Him apart from it. Even if we agree with the first two points, many of us fall into the trap of believing that God’s Word may not be enough. God, however, has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness through His promises. Pastor DeYoung reminds us once again of these foundational truths of our faith that are so easy to forget and neglect. This book has been convicting to me concerning my lack of simple trust in God’s promises in scripture. It has also been an encouragement to keep giving myself to the study and preaching of God’s word. His word truly is knowable, necessary, and enough.
-“Psalm 119 shows us what to believe about the word of God, what to feel about the word of God, and what to do with the word of God.”
(p. 16) Kindle Edition
–“We immerse ourselves in Scripture so that the morning star, Christ himself (see Num. 24: 17– 19; cf. Rev. 22: 16), would rise in our hearts. The goal of revelation is not information only, but affection, worship, and obedience. Christ in us will be realized only as we drink deeply of the Bible, which is God’s word outside of us.”
(p. 36-37) Kindle Edition.
–“Paul is not saying our mentors must be followed at all costs. But here’s the point, and it’s very appropriate for teens and twentysomethings who like to question every authority except their own: before you leave behind what you used to believe about the Bible, consider who taught you to believe what you used to believe about the Bible.”
(p. 115) Kindle Edition.
“Taking God At His Word” is a short (129 pages) yet powerful read. Pick up a copy and begin reading it today.