The past couple of months, I have had the privilege in putting together a small class on the history and method of proper Bible study with a group of young men at our church. Overall, it has been a very enriching time. Here are some thoughts I have over the first few sessions.
I Believe In A God Who Has Spoken
Not only have we been created in His image, with the ability to know and understand him, but also he himself has spoken powerfully to us, pouring his whole life into rebuilding a relationship with us.
He has communicated himself in the word which has powerfully stood the test of time, and has stood apart from any other supposed “source of truth”. He has given us a book which speaks to the deepest aspects of who we are an what our problem is, in a message that is so powerful and so different than any other message in the universe.
Throughout the past 2000 years his amazing story has changed millions of lives and has spread into every tribe and nation and corner of the world. The Spirit of God has gone out in this message with a power unlike any other, taking dead hearts and raising them to a new life in God.
Not only has God spoken, but he has also provided us with the means of hearing. He has reached out and given himself to us in the greatest display of undeserved love in the universe. In the gospel, he has reached out to us and he has done so in the most effective, humbling and life transforming way.
He Has Commanded Us To Speak
The natural result of the fact that we have received his word is the fact that he now sends us out to be his own loudspeakers among the nations. He has given us his word in a form that has endured through the centuries and has been miraculously preserved and handed down within the church.
And yet, we also see within this whole process that this opportunity can be abused and misunderstood. The history of the church his full of countless examples of those who made mistakes and misunderstood the clear truth, filling the people of God with misunderstanding, and robbing them of the wonder of His truth.
Let Us Cherish This Opportunity
How do we react to the powerful lessons that surround us? Do we cherish and value the amazing truth of God that we have? Do we build our lives on it and live to proclaim it in the most effective way that we can? Do we submerge our minds and hearts into understanding it and putting it on display in our lives?
Let’s learn from the amazing reality of God’s revelation, as well as the mixed witness of those who came before us. Let’s remember that men are not perfect, as well as remembering that without their examples and mistakes, we cannot grow and avoid the same pitfalls.
“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” (2 Tim. 4)