Summary: The Word of God is crucial and central to the Christian life. Studying and obeying it helps us become spiritually strong and mature.

People of the Book

(Psalm 119: 7-11, 63, 66, 98-100, 105, 2 Timothy 2:15, 3:15)

1. When Albert Einstein was making the rounds of the speaker's circuit, he usually found himself eagerly longing to get back to his laboratory work. One night as they were driving to yet another chicken dinner, Einstein mentioned to his chauffeur (a man who somewhat resembled Einstein in looks & manner) that he was tired of speech making.

"I have and idea, boss," his chauffeur said. "I've heard you give this speech so many times. I'll bet I could give it for you."

Einstein laughed loudly and said, "Why not? Let's do it!"

When they arrive at the dinner, Einstein donned the chauffeur's cap and jacket and sat in the back of the room. The chauffeur gave a beautiful rendition of Einstein's speech and even answered a few questions expertly.

Then a pompous professor asked a complicated question about anti-matter formation.

Without missing a beat, the chauffeur replied to the professor, "Sir, the answer to that question is so simple that I will let my chauffeur, who is sitting in the back, answer it for me."

2. When it comes to the Bible, however, it is good for each of us – not only the experts – to know not all of it, but much of it. Yet it is not enough to know the Bible; indeed, reading, studying, and pondering the Bible is a central way believers commune with God. Without the Bible, our relationship to God is one way: we speak to him, but he does not speak to us.

Main Idea: The Word of God is crucial and central to the Christian life. Studying and obeying it helps us become spiritually strong and mature.

I. We Worship God By Being ABSORBED With His Word (7-8, 10)

A. We praise God from an UPRIGHT heart (7-8)

7 I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous rules.

8 I will keep your statutes; do not utterly forsake me!

1. Requires LEARNING

You can’t read if you do not learn

You can’t play an instrument if you do not learn

You cannot work a trade or profession if you do not learn

Why do people think you can be a strong Christian without learning?

2. Requires KEEPING (doing)

• Some passages tell us to “remember and keep.” We remember beforehand, and we keep afterward.

• Proverbs 15:8, “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him.

• Proverbs 28:9, “If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.”

B. We SEEK God by being close to the Word (10)

10 With my whole heart I seek you;let me not wander from your commandments!

C. We honor God by LISTENING and contemplating his Word

• It is not just about knowledge; it is the process of contemplating the Word

• If you had entire Bible memorized, you will still need time in the Word

• God speaks to us through the Word, and he has never spoken all that needs to be said; Bible study is not just academic

The Word of God is crucial and central to the Christian life. Studying and obeying it helps us become spiritually strong and mature

II. We RESIST Sin by the Word (9, 11)

A. Even young men can keep PURE by the Word (9)

9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.

B. Hiding the Word in our hearts helps PREVENT sin (11)

11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

• Israelites in wilderness while Moses on the Mountain

• Contrast: Jesus temptation in the wilderness

C. We should seek COMPANIONS who love the Word (63)

63 I am a companion of all who fear you, of those who keep your precepts.

• Post Modernism: dislikes absolute truth, certainty

• We should be able to stand alone, but we don’t want to stand alone if we can help it!

The Word of God is crucial and central to the Christian life. Studying and obeying it helps us become spiritually strong and mature

III. We Gain WISDOM by the Word (66, 98-100)

A. Good JUDGMENT (66)

66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments.

1. The decisions we make determine the nature of our lives

2. Do we think of immediate gratification, or the long term…

3. Only man’s perspective or God’s?

B. WISDOM (98)

98 Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me.

C. UNDERSTANDING (99)

99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation.

D. Lessons that often come through EXPERIENCE (100)

100 I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts.

The Word of God is crucial and central to the Christian life. Studying and obeying it helps us become spiritually strong and mature

IV. Spiritual ILLUMINATION (Psalm 119:105, 2 Timothy 2:15, 3:15)

A. LIGHT(105)

105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

B. Worth much EFFORT and care (2 Timothy 2:15)

15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

AWANA is based on an acrostic (Approved Workman Are Not Ashamed] suggested by the King James Version translation of this verse: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

C. Includes the plan of SALVATION (2 Timothy 3:15)

15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

The Word of God is crucial and central to the Christian life. Studying and obeying it helps us become spiritually strong and mature