I grew up with the Bible being at the center of everything we did in our family. My father was a pastor, a teacher of the Word; and when he went to heaven, I was given all of his sermon notes and Bibles. They were well-worn and often used. My mother lived out God's Word in her hospitality, her parenting, and in so many other ways. As a part of my legacy from my parents, I understood that the Bible was the key to a successful life.
I have now been preaching and teaching the Bible for over 40 years. And there's still so much in it that I haven't yet had time to even study. I remember when I graduated from seminary, somebody told me, “David, you're going to fish out of this pond for the rest of your life. And they were right. After all this time, I still can't get enough of it. And it still is teaching me.
I spend many hours each week preparing to teach the Word, and I am constantly discovering new insights that guide my life. Things I've never noticed before. It is the only fully inspired Book ever written. It is authoritative. And because of that, I have great confidence when I teach from it. As long as I am faithful to the text, it remains God's Word — God speaking to us.