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Reading Your Bible


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A new pastor was visiting in the homes of his parishioners. At one house it seemed obvious that someone was at home, but no answer came to his repeated knocks at the door.
Therefore, he took out a business card and wrote ‘Revelation 3:20’ on the back of it and stuck it in the door.
When the offering was processed the following Sunday, he found that his card had been returned. Added to it was this cryptic message, ‘Genesis 3:10.’
Reaching for his Bible to check out the citation, he broke up in gales of laughter. Revelation 3:20 begins ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock.’ Genesis 3:10 reads, ‘I heard your voice in the garden and I was afraid for I was naked.’

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Now, to know how to put great jokes like the one above together, you need to know your Bible. I guess that’s not the only reason, though. There are more. A bunch more. Steve will be focusing on our church family getting to know God’s Word better.

Psalm 119:105 Your word is like a lamp that shows me the way. It is like a light that guides me.

2 Tim 3:16-17 God has breathed life into all of Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true. It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again. It is useful for training us to do what is right. By using Scripture, a man of God can be completely prepared to do every good thing.

There will be a push, this Sunday, to help people commit to reading their Bibles on a daily or at least regular basis. The New Year time is here, so this is a great time to encourage a new resolution. Let’s think for a few moments about why it’s important to consider the Bible important for our life.

God’s Word can come to us in many forms. We have the word of the Holy Spirit in our heart. We see God’s Word in the life of Jesus. We have recorded for us, God’s word in Scripture. Knowing God’s Word in Scripture is very important to any Christian who is endeavoring to grown.

Our Bible is not just a ‘life manual.’ It is the history of God and mankind. It is the record of our fall away from Him and His plan to get us back. It is not an old book that ends with the last sentence of Revelation, but a living story that goes on within each of our lives as we carry the blessing promised to Abraham in Genesis 12.

It is full of wisdom from God on how to live this mortal life. It is also full of stories of people who have lived this wisdom with success and failure. It gives the church her ancestory/geneology. It helps us see God through the words of the Gospels. It gives us hope and the reason behind hope.

The Bible is worth knowing…yet in the church, God’s family, there is much illiteracy. We have many people who haven’t picked up their Bible in months, yet attend every Sunday and Wednesday. There are people who might not even own a Bible. There are people who haven’t purchased or passed down a Bible for their children…while knowing within its pages are contained the very secrets of life everlasting.

If we consider it important, we will treat it as important. No, we don’t consider the book itself magical, but we know that what’s inside are the very things God wishes us to know. If it’s important to Him, it better be important to us. So how do you handle your Word of God?

In the verses above, we see exactly what David and Paul thought of God’s Word. If we were to write down what the Word of God means to us, what would you write? Go ahead and write it down. This may be a confession time for some of us. Don’t worry, I’m guilty as well of not treating Scripture with the importance that I give it with my mouth. I can tell people that it’s important for them, but how I act is another thing.

Recently, I’ve been giving away Bibles. Last year, I used budget money to give any child who didn’t have a Bible…mostly around Christmas and Easter. Then at the beginning of school this past August, I gave more Bibles out to Jr. and Sr. High students. I had many kids who took them because they didn’t have one. Some are coming and telling me about what happens when they take them to school! It’s really cool. Just recently every child our day care ministry received a Bible or version of Scripture (infants and toddlers received a book with Scripture about Jesus life). I’ve gotten some real neat stories back from parents who say their kid won’t stop carrying around their Bible. Am I like that? Are you like that? Do we consider our Bible that important?

As leaders, we need to show people what’s important to us. Now, should we carry around the biggest, boldest, most noble looking version for everyone to see? No. We need to simply do things that show people that God’s written Word is important to us. Encourage your students to bring their Bibles to class and meetings and group times.

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