Saturday, 23 January 2016

Back to Basics - Part 2

This is mini-sermon number 2 which I will deliver on Sunday to the church. It's basic, but we quickly forget the basics.

What do you think the Bible is?

Do you think the Bible is like an inspirational book that gives you a thought for the day, and if you're really lucky, a fuzzy feeling inside before you get going?

Presence Dusty BibleMaybe you think of the Bible like a horoscope that will give you some good news in the drudgery of life. Of course, if it's bad news, you can ignore it, because in your opinion, the Bible, like a horoscope, can't really be trusted.

Or do you understand the Bible to be what it really is, the very Word of God. If we remember that this book is God speaking, we'll take it a lot more seriously than we do.

We're going back to basics and this week we need to remember how important it is to read the Bible. Aim to read it every day. Find a time, perhaps in the morning, or during your lunch break or at night before you go to bed and read the Bible. Personally, I try and read a chapter of the Old Testament, a chapter of the New Testament, and a psalm. If you've never done this before, then start small and aim to read one chapter.
Pray before you read, asking the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you read. Once you have read it through, pray about what you have read. And if you're feeling really keen, you could ask these questions to the passage to help you better understand it. These are questions George Mueller used to ask the Bible:

  • Is there an example for me to follow?
  • Is there a command for me to obey?
  • Is there any error for me to avoid?
  • Is there any sin for me to forsake?
  • Is there any promise for me to claim?
  • Is there any new thought about God Himself?
Before we finish, let me recommend a very helpful little book by Andrew Wilson, called Unbreakable. This is not a book on how to read the Bible, but it is a book explaining to us what the Bible is and why we can trust it. It's well worth a read!

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