As you are well aware I have been promoting regular Bible reading among our members. There are many good reasons why this is so important. Let me continue with my theme.
Our faith centres around the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. While I certainly 100% acknowledge that we have the Spirits involvement in our everyday life, the best way to know Jesus is through the Bible. How else are we to get information about him and understand this central figure of our faith?
Over the last two and a half years I have made it a habit to read one Gospel over and over again. I’m now in the middle section of rereading Luke. I want to really know this Jesus that we so often talk about but don’t know intimately. I encourage you to think about doing the same. If you read a chapter a day, by a rule of thumb you will through it 12 times a year.
The bottom line is this; to know Jesus, really know Jesus you need to read about him constantly.
Over the last few weeks I have been writing reasons why you should be regularly reading your bible. Thanks to those of you who have written back and expressed your thoughts, the invitation is still open for others to comment.
Astonishingly we are blessed to have the Spirit with us at every moment of our life. This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, when we celebrate the gift of the Spirit. Gift is not nearly a strong enough word for what the Spirit is to us!
The Spirit’s work in our lives is vital for a lot of reasons… the Spirit tells us about the heart of God, helps us to develop our spiritual gifts, helps us to grow fruit in our lives, etc. And – here’s the bit for us – we can augment that work by putting ourselves in a place for the Spirit to speak. Every time we open up the scriptures we allow the Spirit another opportunity to communicate. The Spirit takes the word of God and makes these words come alive.
So the question arises; how much do we want to hear about the heart of God through the voice of his Spirit? Hmmmm.
Last week I indicated that I would put forward a defence as to why we should habitually read the bible. And I invited you to comment as I bring things to your attention.
One of the most self-evident reasons for reading the Scriptures is that God actually speaks through them. Time after time I hear stories of people’s lives being changed because ‘a passage leapt out of the page ‘ at them. God by the Spirit uses the scriptures to convey a message. Let me make that clear; to convey a personal message. If you want to hear from God then spending time reading the Bible will enable this to happen. In fact it does not have to be a long reading, many times just reading and re-reading a paragraph is enough.
So the first reason to read the Bible is that God uses them to convey a message to you. But of course, you have to open it, concentrate and be ready to hear!
I’d be happy to hear your experiences in this!
Why would you bother?
Why would you bother to read your bible? I mean, there are plenty of other things to do and you’re busy. Plus you get to hear it read out loud at worship. Maybe you think that you have heard it a few times and that’s enough.
In the next couple of weeks I will mount a defence as to why I think all of us should be bible readers. Let me restate that; I think all of us should be avid bible readers. I’m going to provoke you into having a good hard think about the bible and its priority in your life.
As always this is a two way street and I encourage you to email me if you disagree or, in fact, agree with me.