Spiritual Disciplines For the Purpose of Godliness| Bible Intake |2nd in Series
“Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness” (1Timothy 4:7b NASB)
"If I were the devil, one of my first aims would be to stop folks from digging into the Bible. Knowing that it is the Word of God, teaching men to know and love and serve the God of the Word, I should do all I could to surround it with the spiritual equivalent of pits, thorn hedges, and man traps, to frighten people off...At all costs I should want to keep them from using their minds in a disciplined way to get the measure of its message" (J.I. Packer).
Bible intake is a broad term and encompasses the many ways the Word is made known to us. "[There is] no spiritual discipline...more important than the intake of God's Word" (Don Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life). This particular discipline is inextricably linked to spiritual growth and maturity; where hearts opened to the knowledge of the glory of God crave "the pure milk of the word" (1 Peter 2:2-3) and yearn to know and love Him more. Our soul cries out as a "deer pants for water" and "thirsts for God" (Psalm 42:1-2). Quench this thirst by hearing purposefully, reading consistently, studying deeply, memorizing intentionally, meditating thoughtfully, and applying God's Word accordingly.
Through Bible intake God's attributes are revealed and His characteristics are highlighted in the Gospels through Jesus giving us access to a deeper understanding of how to glorify God and an amazing love. Seek Him, spend time with Him, obey Him, honor Him...He is jealous for us.
How to Get People to Read the Bible Without Making Them Feel Dumb by Trevin Wax
“The Bible is easy.”
“The Bible is simple for a child to understand.”
“You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand the Bible.”
I hear these and other statements at times from well-meaning church leaders and church members. The idea is to shrink the distance from us and the biblical text, to make the Bible seem accessible...with the hope that more people will read it. I think this is the wrong way to go about it. It’s just not going to happen. When we stress the Bible’s “easiness,” we lead our people into two wrong directions. Some will throw up their hands and say, “I must be really stupid because this seems very dense.” Or, even worse, we train people to only look for the easy parts, to be satisfied with daily nuggets of wisdom and never wade deep into the Bible’s waters. Either way, you wind up with people who never feel the satisfaction of studying the Bible on their own.
Instead, I suggest we be upfront about the demanding nature of the Bible. Let your people know that it’s hard work. It’s a challenge...
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