Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:1-3

Monday, July 26, 2010

Knowing God's Word #12

Chapter 12: Why Bother?

Why study Scripture?
  • "We study something that is living and powerful."
  • "We grapple with eternal truths."
  • "We delve into the divine Word of God."
  • "We study God's unchanging Word so that it can change us."
And yet . . . 1 Corinthians 13:2 reminds us:

Though I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries
and all knowledge, and though I have all faith
so that I could remove mountains,
but have not love, I am nothing.

A paraphrase:

If I could speak for God and could unravel any enigma
and knew all there was to know and have perfect trust,
enough to do the miraculous, but cared nothing for others,
I will have missed the whole point!

God's purpose for His Word and what it does in our lives:

  • Psalm 19:8, 11
  • Psalm 119:9, 111
  • Isaiah 55:11
  • John 17:17
  • Acts 20:32
  • Romans 15:4
Digging Deeper

  • Follow a Scripture reading program
  • Choose another section, topic, book, or theme for actual study
  • Keep a notebook or journal of your discoveries

1 comment:

Karen said...

Good thought/ideas, Johnnie. We will spend an eternity learning...and God will be patient. :)