|  Forgot password?
Easter and Good Friday - Free Sermons & Media Collection »

Feeding on the Word of God - Getting the Most Out of Your Bible

(51)

Sermon shared by Brian La Croix

May 2004
Summary: Message about how to intake the Word of God.
Denomination: *Other
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Feeding on the Word of God - Getting the Most Out of Your Bible
Matthew 4:4
May 16, 2004

Introduction

The Word of God is essential in the life of anyone who claims to be a follower of Christ, because the Bible first of all tells us how to become a Christian, and then how to follow Jesus in our everyday living.

The Bible was important in the life of Jesus. It sustained Him and helped Him in times of temptation.

It is during one of those times that we find our passage today. You will remember from two weeks ago that Jesus, after the amazing event of His baptism by John the Baptist, He was then led to the desert, where He was tempted by the Devil. And the Bible tells us that when Jesus was hungry, the devil came up and said to Jesus,

"If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."

But Jesus doesnˇ¦t take the bait. And we find His response in verse 4 of Matthew 4. Please read this aloud with me, okay?

Jesus answered, "It is written: `Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ " (NIV)

Today weˇ¦re going to take a look at different ways to feed on the Word of God. And my hope is that you will leave here with a new hunger for the Word of God, the things of God, and more importantly, God Himself.

But let me set the stage:

Different types of food:

- Chinese - Mexican - Italian - Subs
- Fast food - Steak - Seafood

And you know what? The Bible is like the ˇ§Steak and Buffetˇ¨ from God! Thereˇ¦s all sorts of stuff in there ˇV doctrine, stories, wisdom, encouragement, all sorts of stuff.

Different ways to eat:

- Fingers - Silverware - Chopsticks
- Dashboard dining

Different ways to get the food:

- Eat-in - Carry-out - Delivery
-Picnic - Plate or bowl - Bag or box

Many times, the type of food you eat determines the way you eat it. You donˇ¦t generally eat Mexican food with chopsticks.

And another thing: sometimes we eat different types of food to achieve a desired result. Real quick ˇV what are the two most popular diets out there right now ˇV so popular that restaurants are adapting their menus for them? Atkins and South Beach. People want to lose weight, gain energy, or whatever.

But I want to get very simplistic for just a moment, because I think itˇ¦ll help us the rest of the way here. What do babies generally consume? Milk. How about adults? Solid food.

Well, Scripture uses milk and solid food to describe our level of maturity in Christ. Allow me to read Hebrews 5:12-14 ˇV

In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

Letˇ¦s look at five ways we can move from just milk to solid food, okay? Letˇ¦s get started.

5 Ways to feed on the Word of God:

1. Hear it in church.

Romans 10:17

Yet faith comes from listening to this message of good news ˇV the Good News about Christ. (NLT)

This is the easiest option, and the weakest. But the fact of the matter is that this is the way the vast majority of Christians get any of the Word of God.

Why? Because
Comments and Shared Ideas

Join the discussion

  |  Forgot password?
Sign in to join the discussion New to SermonCentral? Create an account
New Better Preaching Articles
Featured Resource
Today's Most Popular
Sponsored Links