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STUCK! Ten Areas That Will Bury You as a Believer and How to Dig Your Way Out! (Area #2- The Scriptures) (con’t)

This new series of messages at Crossroads Fellowship Church (available on their website: crossroadschurchinaugusta.com) is examining ten areas in which the Jesus-follower is prone to get STUCK!

Ever get STUCK in the Scriptures?  I don’t mean that you’re reading and forget where you are.  I’m referring to the whole concept of the believer and his or her Bible.

Some of us view the Bible incorrectly.  We might think of it as a holy horoscope or as a religious rabbit’s foot or as a fundamentalist fortune cookie.  We use it like a magic charm or a book of witty sayings.

But how does God’s Word present itself?  First of all, it is a hidden treasure.  The Psalmist says, “I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches” (Ps. 119:14).  He also says, ““The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.” (Ps. 119:72).

Second, the Word of God is the believer’s food.  Job 23:12 tells us that he “treasured the words of [God’s] mouth more than [his] daily food.”  Jeremiah says, “When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight.” (Jer. 15:16).  Hebrews 5:12-14 has much to say to us about moving from milk to meat in our spiritual diet!

Third, the Bible is a collection of case studies!  Romans 15:4 says, “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”  Wise is the Christian who studies … Joseph on the sovereignty of God (Gen. 45, 50), David on the steps leading to great sin (2 Sam. 11), Nathan on the steps in restoring a fallen believer (2 Sam. 12), Balaam on his matter-of-fact discussion with his donkey on doing the will of God (Num. 22), Three Jewish young men (Shadrach, Mechach and Abednego) on not committing idolatry no matter how many times the pagan king strikes up the band (Dan. 3), King Saul on God’s definition of true obedience (“Goats? I don’t hear any goats!” I Sam. 15), Isaiah on God’s hatred of empty ritual (Is. 1), Habakkuk on the absurdity of idolatry (Hab. 2), Solomon on the emptiness of life without God (the book of Ecc.), etc.

Fourth, the Word of God is the autobiography of God!  We don’t mean that everything about God is told us in the Bible (the Bible’s truth about God is sufficient, but not comprehensive). God does not “mature” or “age” or even “learn.”  We do mean that — a. The Bible discloses the mind and heart of God.  b. We learn of His passion for lost people (Mt. 23:37).  c. We learn of His care for His creation (Ps. 145; Acts 14).  d. We learn of His joy and delight in those He has redeemed (Ps. 147; Is. 62).

Fifth, the Bible is the divine agenda for the believer!  We are to become like Christ!  Jesus prays in John 17: “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world, but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.” We are to become useful to His Kingdom!  And this leads us to look once again at our main text:

14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Tim 3)

Notice that God wants His children to be useful!  Each believer needs (at times) to be taught, rebuked, corrected, and trained in righteousness!   The writer Herrick Johnson asks, “If God is a reality, and the soul is a reality, and you are an immortal being, what are you doing with your Bible shut?”  Now go dive into His Word!

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2017 in christian growth

 

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STUCK! Ten Areas That Will Bury You as a Believer and How to Dig Your Way Out! (Area #2- The Scriptures

I sometimes get STUCK!  How about you?

We are beginning a new series of messages at Crossroads Fellowship Church and want to look at a second area that buries the believer — the SCRIPTURES!

How do Jesus-followers get buried by the Bible?  For some, it is an awfully big book.  For others, their life experience doesn’t include the habit of careful reading.  Some only carry their Bible to church — or have it as an app on their phone.

The sixty-six books of the Bible ought to be a joyful resource for the believer.  Here’s our major text to prove this point:

14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Tim 3)

Please notice Timothy’s heritage:  he had learned and become convinced of the truth of the Scriptures from his childhood.  His mother and his grandmother had invested in his life to teach him the Word of God and he had personalized that knowledge.  What he had learned had persuaded him of its truth.  What a fortunate and godly upbringing!

But notice Paul’s emphasis on the power of the Scriptures!  These books have the ability to make one wise for salvation.  I’m presently trying to witness to a fellow chess-player in New Zealand who clearly rejects the gospel.  He is not interested in salvation.  One must get lost before one can get saved.  I pray that he may realize his lostness!  The Word of God is able to impact a wisdom that results in salvation!  (to be continued)

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2017 in christian growth

 

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