Summary: Five reasons every believer should work toward consistent bible reading
25, May 2003
Dakota Community Church
- Is the Bible for ministers only?
- Is the Bible a crutch that the weak need to lean on?
- Is Bible reading a spiritual point gainer in God’s good book?
- Should believers bother to try to read it consistently at all?
2Timothy 2:15 (amp.)
15Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.
- The truth is that the Bible is God’s will for His people.
Five reasons every believer should work toward consistent Bible reading.
1. The Bible is the only eternal foundation.
24"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
35Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
24For, "All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25but the word of the Lord stands forever." And this is the word that was preached to you.
On November 25, 1895, a cornerstone of ice was laid in Leadville, Colorado -- the beginning of the largest ice palace ever built in America. In an effort to bolster the town’s sagging economy, the citizens staged a winter carnival. On New Year’s Day of 1896, the town turned out for the grand opening. The immense palace measured 450 x 320 feet. The towers that flanked the entrance were 90 feet high. Inside was a 16,000-square-foot skating rink. But by the end of March the palace was melting away, along with the hopes of Leadville. The thousands of visitors had spent very little.
How much time and effort we are willing to put into temporal things and how difficult we find it to invest in the eternal word.
The more you get into the Bible the more stable your faith will become.
2. The Bible is food for your spiritual self.
- We are 3-part beings created in Gods image.
Body - requires feeding daily
Soul - the mind, will, and emotions must be fed in order to stay sharp and function effectively.
Spirit - Is your spirit on a starvation diet?
2Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
16 When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God Almighty.
32They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"
- Have you experience the flame of revealed knowledge?
People who starve to death each year: 11 million
Overweight U.S. adults: 34 million
Money Americans spent eating out, 1980: $52 billion; 1990: $236 billion. U.S. expenditures for overseas food aid, 1980: $1.4 billion; 1990: $1.6 billion.
Average calories consumed daily, North Americans: 3500; Africans: 2100