Friday, January 13, 2012

Passion 2012, Session 4

Confession: Reading the bible is hardly ever something that I get particularly excited about. It might sound bad to be so blunt, but it's the truth. But I would be willing to bet that maybe I'm not the only one that can relate to that statement. I would actually prefer listening to sermons than sitting down and having a quiet time with just a bible and a notebook.

Hearing speakers is great, but it's so good for all of us to sit and read the word of God for ourselves. We should be so consumed with scripture that we think in our daily lives about what God would say or do in every situation we face.

You need to know your bible inside and out simply because people will lie to you, the world will lie to you. People can use the bible to manipulate anything and anyone. How do you know that even your pastors aren't lying to you if you don't read and know God's word for yourself?

A day is coming when people will not want to listen to sound doctrine but instead will seek out what they want to hear.

Back in 1 Kings, chapter 22, there were 400 prophets saying the exact same thing. The problem was that they were all lying, trying to tell the king what he wanted to hear. But there was one person who was telling the truth, who was saying what God told him to. Do we know the bible well enough to have the confidence to spot out the truth-teller even amongst 400 liars?

Another thing about the bible is that a lot of it is meant to be taken literally.

Example 1: The plagues in Exodus: a lot of people would question it, saying, "Is God really going to kill the first born of every household?"

Example 2: Noah's ark: It really is about God killing (drowning) everyone on Earth. "Your parents might have painted the Noah's ark scene in your nursery with all the cute animals, but I doubt they painted all the people drowning." - In the words of Francis Chan, ladies and gentlemen.

We really need to be reading the bible, because that's where the mysteries and desires of God are revealed to us. People say all the time that there's no guidebook on life, but I mean, hello, haven't they read the bible? It's a pretty legit guidebook. When we sit and we read it, God is just thinking "This person has no clue what kind of amazing things I have in store for them!" He is genuinely excited about us getting to know Him in this way.

Here's the big question: Do you take the bible literally when it commands us to make disciples of all the nations?

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