The Power of Sharing

(Recently I had the opportunity to write an article for the Good Neighbor magazine, a publication of Radio Bible Hour, Inc., that discussed the incredible blessing Christians have in the modern age to share the gospel through technology. I hope you enjoy it.)

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If you had the opportunity to share the gospel with all your friends, family, and thousands of strangers in one click of a computer mouse, would you?

Hi. My name is Rev. Scott Ingram and I have been blessed to serve as a director of Social Media for Radio Bible Hour for the past few years. If anyone understands the power of sharing, it is a social media director. Social media outlets (such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn) thrive on the desire that people will want to share something with others.

Social media is powerful even if it only seems that it just allows people to share their family photos, their thoughts on politics, and their meals! Seventy percent of Facebook users say they use the that platform daily and more than half of internet users (52%) use two or more social media sites according to Pew Research in 2013. I would say those numbers have increased significantly since that survey.

Social media has become such an integral part of our culture that it has become a common practice for people to make arrangements for their Facebook account to be updated with a special status after their death! Since I began using social media in the early 2000s, I have seen many on my friend’s list pass away. Our social media presence is something that we all need to consider in this modern age.

Seeing that we can now “choose” our last words, it would be wise to consider them. In the past, last words couldn’t necessarily be very well thought out beforehand such as the author H. G. Wells’ last words when he said “Go away: I’m alright.” My hope is that when it comes time to share my final “post” it will encourage and inspire those around me just as president Andrew Jackson’s last words were meant to encourage his children,  “My dear children, do not grieve for me . . . I am my God’s. I belong to Him. I go but a short time before you, and… I hope and trust to meet you all in heaven.”

Jesus knew very well what His last words would be to His church. He knew them from before time began. Those words were spoken before our Lord ascended into Heaven and are recorded in Mark 16:15-16, Luke 24:44-49, Matthew 28:19-20, and Acts 1:8. We read in these passages that we are commanded by Christ to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” and, in case there be any confusion, that preaching was to include “repentance and remission of sins” and a command to teach “them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” Jesus Himself has literally commanded us across the centuries to “be witnesses” all the way to “the uttermost part of the earth!” How are you handling that charge in your life?

Today, this Great Commission of Christ can be accomplished by us, in part, thanks to technology. I asked God to reveal to me how I could share the gospel more efficiently many years before working at Radio Bible Hour and social media is a perfect platform. Just sharing a bible verse on your page can reach someone with a message others may never see because they never open a Bible or attend a church. Are you praying about how you are presenting the gospel on the Internet?

Radio Bible Hour’s presence on the world wide web consists of ..

  •  A Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Radiobiblehour/),
  • A Twitter account (twitter.com/RadioBibleHour),
  •  A LinkedIn account (www.linkedin.com/company/radio-bible-hour)
  • and a website (www.radiobiblehour.org/).

Also, our TV program, Today with Christ, has its own

  •  Facebook page (www.facebook.com/todaywithchrist/) and
  • YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/c/RadioBibleHour).

As of this writing, we currently have 654 likes for our RBH FB page and Today with Christ’s FB page has 853 likes. Our YouTube channel has 185 subscribers and is growing weekly. We are doing everything we can to get the gospel message out across the Web!

Several months ago, I began to pray about how we could reach even further into the internet with the gospel message. Since then, God has since blessed us with people who have literally given us access to their Facebook pages and groups to share our radio and TV programs. One group is based in the Philippines and has 16,496 members! When I share our YouTube videos through that group, we are able to minister to people across the world! After that blessing, another lady allowed me to serve as an administrator for her FB page that has over 21,000 likes! God is using these tools of technology to fulfil His Great Commission here at Radio Bible Hour.

Getting the gospel out isn’t just something that a media ministry can accomplish on its own. We need people on the other end of the screens to share these messages once they are placed on the internet. Are you willing to use this new tool to present the ancient message of salvation? Will you share, like, and comment on our various social media posts and pages to help us share the message? By doing this, you will push them further out to those who need to hear them. Each interaction pushes the message to the top of news feeds on the various platforms. This may be the only way your family and friends will have an opportunity to see and hear the gospel! The hour is late and Jesus has given us a tool to literally “preach the gospel to every creature!” All you have to do is click “share.” Will you help us by using the power of the share?

To God be the Glory,

Pastor Scott Ingram

(Twitter @ScottLIngram)

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Do I Have the Word of God?

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 TIM 3:16-17

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Does anyone who is a serious Christian really claim that they don’t trust the words in the Bible that they hold in their hands? The fancy technical word for this trust is plenary, verbal inspiration. The word plenary means “complete or full,” and verbal means “the very words of Scripture.” So plenary, verbal inspiration is the view that every single word in the Bible is the very word chosen of God. It’s not just the ideas or thoughts are inspired, but the words themselves. Many SAY they believe this, but their actions don’t reveal this logically.
 Today, we have Bibles that are translated word for word (Formal Equivalence) or thought for thought (Dynamic equivalence). The most popular bibles that are translated by dynamic equivalence, either partly or fully, are The Message, the New International Version (NIV), the New Living Translation (NLT), and the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). The point of using this translation method is to make the Bible easier to understand in the modern age, yet, is that how God wants His word represented?

How would you feel if someone took the very words you said and reinterpreted them into their own words? I believe God meant for us to get as close to His original words as possible and attempt to make that point in this sermon which reveals that God gave words to Jeremiah to write down as scripture and not just His thoughts. Not only that, but, men recognized the words that Jeremiah wrote down as scripture almost immediately! Perhaps these modern versions can help someone as a commentary, giving different people’s opinions of what the words mean, but if they dilute what God has said, can they be considered Bibles?

This 35 minute sermon makes all of this very clear:

In this next sermon, I deal with the fact that , when God gets His words written down, it is almost inevitable that the Devil will seek to hide, destroy, or even change His Words as time goes on. In the second half of Jeremiah 36, Jeremiah has the words that God told Him to write down destroyed almost immediately and then God gives him the exact same words to write down again before copy and paste was a thing.

Satan hasn’t stopped attempting to hide, destroy, or change God’s Word. Today, modern translators are cutting whole verses and casting doubt on several passages based on a small number of older, Greek manuscripts! They claim they are trying to purify the Word of God by eliminating what they believe was added to it over the centuries, but does that sound like the God of Jeremiah who made certain His Words would reach each generation? This is the reason many Word-for Word Bible translations today are different. They are based on two different versions of the Greek New Testament:

  • One that reflect the modern bias of eliminating text based on a few older manuscripts
  • one based on the majority of manuscript evidence over time that our forefathers trusted as God’s Word

If we have two differing versions, which one should we trust as the Word of God?

In this 40 minute sermon, I explain how the English Bible came down to us today and why modern word for word translations, such as the English Standard Version (ESV) and the New American Standard Bible (NASB), literally cut entire verses or cast doubt on important passages that have been in the text for centuries before today!

My prayer is that these two sermons from Jeremiah 36 will help others realize that they can trust the Bible and that God will not let His Words pass away. He has even placed within His Word several promises that He will not ever let it fade away:

Psalm 12:6-7 The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
Psalm 33:11 The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
Psalm 100:5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Psalm 119:160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
Isaiah 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
1 Peter 1:23-25 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
Matthew 5:17-18 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

To God be the Glory,

Pastor Scott Ingram

The Dispensation of Grace

I am excited about discussing why I believe we are closer to the return of Christ than any other time before. In this video, I will be teaching on the Dispensation of Grace (which is the dispensation of time that we are living in today) and the signs that reveal what will be occurring when it comes to a close. At the close of this dispensation, Jesus will return and the events chronicled in the Book of Revelation will be played out.

Racism is a Sin

People have had this problem of racism forever. Over human history, mankind has often imagined that they are somehow better than someone else based on the color of their skin, their ethnicity, or their social status. Sadly, God’s people have even tried to justify their own racism, but the Bible is clear. God says in James 2:9 “if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.” Racism is a SIN!

The Lord’s Supper: Do This in Remembrance of Me

Continuing the theme of “Getting back to the Basics”, in this sermon, I explain one of the ordinances of the Church: The Lord’s Supper. It is a holy and a precious time to remember the sacrifice that Jesus has made for the Christian, but we must be wise to remember to prepare ourselves for partaking in it. Three things are revealed to us in 1 Corinthians 11 in order to partake in the Lord’s Supper in a worthily manner.

Bible Prophecy: The Dispensations of Promise and Law

Without a proper understanding of dispensations, a Christian can become very confused about how the scripture applies to their lives today. You may think that you are to continue in the Old Testament Law and stone witches and homosexuals! That is certainly not true, but witchcraft and homosexuality are still wrong morally. This study on the dispensations of Promise and Law will help us understand the difference and reveal how folks were saved before the cross.

Bible Prophecy: The First Three Dispensations

The first three dispensations recognized in the classical dispensational hermeneutic are Innocence, Conscience, and Government. These three span a large amount of human history but only cover the first 11 chapters of the Bible. As we go through them, in addition to observing each particular dispensation, I also want us to see how God’s gift of salvation has always been possible in the same way: By grace, through faith. Please make sure to stay tuned to the end when my friend Dr. Dean Haun (www.fbcmtn.com) will describe a little known prophecy concerning Noah’s sons in a clip from a recent episode of Today with Christ.