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::d101:: ‘Time In The Bible’

July 29, 2009


Most of us have grown up at least knowing what a Bible looked like.  Some of us have grown up with a Bible of our own, with our name printed on the front cover.  A few of us have even grown up memorizing verses from it.  But my friends, the Bible is so much more than that.  It is a book the likes of which there is no other.  When it comes to the basic principles of our faith as a Christian, perhaps there is none more important than having the right perspective and commitment to God’s Word in our lives.My goal here is not to make a case that the Bible is the Word of God.  Discipleship starts after you have become a Christian and if you have done that you have already committed yourself to the fact that the Bible is the Word of God.  My goal is to help form the proper perspective and commitment to God’s Word in our lives.


I visited The Community Church in Ashburn, VA this past year and a young pastor, by the name of Charlie Whitlow, began his sermon with a call and response to the congregation that I’ll not soon forget.  He asked the congregation to raise their Bibles high in the air and repeat after him,

This is my Bible.  It is God’s Word.  It has His authority.  It reveals truths that I cannot find anywhere else.  Like the good news of Jesus Christ.  Which is God’s plan of salvation for everyone who believes.  It is a fountain head of blessing for me and my loved ones.  Holy Spirit, help me to know it, believe it, and obey it.  Amen.

What I appreciated about this call and response was that it set the proper perspective of the Word in our lives before the Pastor preached its truths in his sermon.    Now, I’m not saying that every church ought to do that but I wonder just what impact it might have on us if were were to recite it each time we got ready to study the Word.


Biblical Illiteracy

One of the most unfortunate trends that has occurred in the body of Christ is that it has begun to operate without a reverence and obedience to God’s Word, the Bible.  Somewhere a long the way many Christians began to put the Bible on the shelf and attempted to live life as a believer on their own.  But in doing so, they have lost who God is and what he says about our lives.  This problem is referred to as Biblical Illiteracy and it can be easily summed up in saying, “Everybody has a Bible but not many know what is says.”  Woodrow Kroll, President of Back To The Bible Ministries, defines it as “the unfortunate, intentional neglect of Scripture.”  In our lives as Christians, the Bible is not something that is optional.  It is critical by its very design.

Woodrow Kroll’s top 10 reasons to read the Bible from “Taking Back the Good Book:  How America Forgot the Bible and Why it Matters To You“:

10.  Reading the Bible Gives You Confidence
  9.  Reading Your Bible Insulates You Against Satan’s Attacks
  8.  Reading Your Bible Helps You Think Christianly
  7.  Reading Your Bible Helps you Define Morality
  6.  Reading Your Bible Enables You to Discover Hope
  5.  Reading Your Bible Identifies the “Center” in Your Life 
  4.  Reading Your Bible Helps You Discover Who You Are
  3.  Reading Your Bible Guides You to Intimacy with God
  2.  Reading Your Bible Helps Make You Special
  1.  Reading Your Bible Helps You Change Your World 

Study, Memorize, and Meditate

I have written down in the back of my Bible, the question “How much should we be in God’s Word?  Daily?  Weekly?  Hourly?”  Underneath the question I wrote the answer “However much it takes to shape your life and to continue your walk with the Lord.”  If we study, memorize, and meditate on the Bible because we feel like it is something we must work to accomplish, our perspective is wrong.  It’s like asking yourself “How deep and how often should I breathe?  Daily? Weekly?  Hourly?”  We breath to survive and we read God’s Word for the same reason.  

We study, memorize, and meditate on God’s Word so that it is our hearts and in our minds when we need it.  It is there to guide our thoughts and our actions.  It is there to correct us when we are wrong.  It is there to help us seek forgiveness when we need it.  It is there to provide hope, to provide peace, and to provide strength in the midst of any situation we face.  It is there to mold us to the image of Christ, to conform us to His character, and to transform us by the renewing of our minds.  It is required in the life of every Christian.

For More Information

If you’d like to read a bit more on the subject of the Bible and its role in the life of a Christian visit Pastor Terry’s Seeds of Faith blog and read his Sunday Sermon title “A Light Unto My Path

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