Tuesday Hymns: “God’s Sufficient Word”

James Montgomery Boice was the pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for 32 years, from 1968 until his death in 2000. He blessed many through his Bible commentaries (which actually were collections of his sermons), his work with the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy and the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, and his radio ministry, The Bible Study Hour. He also wrote twelve hymns which were published shortly after his death in Hymns for a Modern Reformation with Paul S. Jones composing the tunes. Our Tuesday Hymn for this week is one of the hymns from that collection, God’s Sufficient Word.

In Boice’s, Foundations of the Christian Faith, he illustrates the importance of Christ’s Church to rest not only in the authority of Scripture, but in its sufficiency also:

“In Martin Luther’s day, sola Scriptura had to do with the Bible being the sole ultimate authority for Christians over against challenges to it from the traditions of the medieval church, church councils and the Pope. The reformers wanted Scripture to stand alone as the church’s true authority. Today, at least in the evangelical church, that is not our chief problem—we assert biblical authority—but rather, whether the Bible is sufficient for the church’s life and work. We confess its authority, but we discount its ability to do what is necessary to draw unbelievers to Christ, enable us to grow in godliness, provide direction for our lives and transform and revitalize society…in other words, in the sixteenth century the battle was against those who wanted to add church traditions to Scripture, but in our day the battle is against those who would have us use worldly means to do God’s work.”

I am sorry that I was not able to find audio of the tune on the internet, but the lyrics of this hymn, to me, make the posting of this hymn worthwhile.

When God from heaven gave His Word,
His Word was all sufficient;
It need no words I may have heard
To add to or be in it.

Sufficient for God’s work in me:
My soul’s regeneration,
A life in which good works will be
The fruit of my salvation.

Sufficient too in daily strife,
Providing clear directions
For how to live a godly life,
Creating right affections.

Sufficient! If I stoop to sin,
God’s Word will soon correct me,
And if I wander from God’s way,
His Word will redirect me.

So I will take God’s Book and read,
To learn what God desires;
The Bible gives the strength I need
To do what God requires.

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2 Comments

  1. bonlou said,

    July 19, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Reblogged this on hatchcreek.com Bible blog.

  2. mvh621 said,

    February 19, 2016 at 12:23 AM

    Thanks! I love this hymn and subject. Miss Dr. Boice as well.


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