Avoiding man’s rules… Man says, “Always give book, chapter and verse. When you preach you should never preach without giving book, chapter and verse. If you can’t or don’t give book, chapter and verse, then you probably shouldn’t be preaching.”
What’s important is always being able to preach the truth. But there’s no law from God that says, “Book, chapter, and verse”. Does everything you preach need to be supported by Scripture? Yes, but to quote the Bible verbatim or to give paraphrases or to allude to Scripture, there’s no law that says you must every time give “book, chapter and verse”. It’s best to give the reference because you want every member to be like Bereans who search the Scriptures daily (look, no reference, egad!). If you put the reference in, you help them to read and make sure you preach what the Bible is saying. So “book, chapter and verse” is ideal and very helpful, but there’s no law that says it must be done. See how Paul preaches.
Do it like Paul: 32 “And we preach to you the good news of the promise made to the fathers, 33 that God has fulfilled this promise to our children in that He raised up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, ‘YOU ARE MY SON; TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU.’ 34 “As for the fact that He raised Him up from the dead, no longer to return to decay, He has spoken in this way: ‘I WILL GIVE YOU THE HOLY and SURE blessings OF DAVID.’ 35 “Therefore He also says in another Psalm, ‘YOU WILL NOT ALLOW YOUR HOLY ONE TO UNDERGO DECAY.’”
Someone says, “But they didn’t have chapters and verses back then”. Exactly! Thank you!
A friend commented: “I love Hebrews 2:6 and 4:4 where the author quotes scripture and cites the reference as being found ‘somewhere.’ Ha!”