Mary Poppins once said: “Well begun is half done” And this principle is certainly true when it comes to under standing the Christian Faith. It is often asked why Christians have so many belief divisions (denominations) within their religion. I believe this quote by Miss Poppins helps to partially understand why Christians differ so radically in the application of their faith. The question is where do you begin? Which doctrine or teaching comes first? Which one is supreme? Do we begin with God? Do we begin with Jesus or the Holy Spirit? Maybe its the church, salvation, or man? Or possible it is with some other teaching we should begin; such as, Love, Faith, Hope, Grace, Forgiveness, Unity, Equality, Justice, Holiness, Sin, Righteousness, etc… All doctrine is important and has its place but which one is the foundation upon which their entire faith is built? For the Conservative Christian this question is easy. The “well begun” is the Word of God. Understanding the supremacy of the Bible to their faith is half the work of understanding Christianity. Many of the divisions that exist in Christianity would be resolved if this simple principle were adhered to. And that is, our faith is determined and governed by the Word of God and not the other way around.
4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’
17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
16 holding fast the word of life
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
2 Thessalonians 3:14
14 And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed.
1 Timothy 4:4-5
4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; 5 for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
1 Timothy 5:17
17 Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.
2 Timothy 2:15
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 4:2
2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
9 holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.
12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
1 Peter 1:22-25
23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, 24 because
“All flesh is as grass,
And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.
The grass withers,
And its flower falls away,
25 But the word of the LORD endures forever.”
Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.
1 Peter 2:1-3
2:1 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all guile, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.