Steve Farrar in his book “Point Man” says that reading the Bible is the equivalent of a soldier eating his rations. The Bible is our spiritual food, and without it we become weak and easy prey for the enemy.
This month’s Briefing magazine (www.Matthiasmedia.com/Briefing) contains a series of questions to use when reading the Bible. These come from the Cornerstone church in Kingston, south-west London. Their church uses these questions when reading large slabs of the Bible, and they can be used individually as well. They’re great questions and I hope they can be of use to you in your Bible reading. Not all questions will apply to every passage.
- What strikes you? What questions does this passage raise?
- What dangers/ warnings/ sins are there? (1 Corinthians 10:11)
- What do you learn about God – Father/ Son/ Holy Spirit?
- How is Jesus previewed/ revealed? (Luke 24:27)
- How are you corrected and rebuked? (2 Timothy 3:16)
- How are you encouraged to endure? (Romans 15:4)
- What do you learn about doing works of service and building up the church? (Ephesians 4:11-13)
- What do you learn about loving God?
- What do you learn about loving your neighbour as yourself?
- How do you feel you need to change to live as a man/ woman of God?
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I love Matthias Media. These guys produce such outstanding Christian material. For 23 years they have been producing a monthly magazine called The Briefing. Recently The Briefing went online for free. I can’t recommend this more highly! One of the feature articles of the September/ October issue looks at the state of the Anglican church in Sydney and why it isn’t growing as rapidly as some may have thought. The Anglican church in Sydney is largely Reformed conservative Evangelical in nature. The article is well worth reading. However towards the end were some real gems which I have reproduced here. Visit Mathias Media for the whole article.
1“Persuading people to visit and then remain at our churches in itself amounts to little. Some of the world’s largest churches numerically are among its most disgracefully distorted and heretical. The end goal is not ‘bums on pews’. The end goal is to see people transferred from darkness into the kingdom of God’s Son through the powerful work of his word and Spirit.
In James’ post, “Judging Pop Culture Consistently”, he addresses some very pertinent points for Christians living.
For the record I thought the way James addressed this potentially alienating topic was very balanced and insightful… well done brother!
As blogs will hopefully do for our readers, it got me thinking about my convictions and thoughts on the matter. A passage which came to mind was 1_Cor 10:23-33.
Here Paul talks about all things being lawful, but not all things are helpful, or not all things build us up in our faith. He goes on to say that we are not to seek our own good but the good of our neighbours in the hope of helping them to see the gospel at work in us and be saved by Christ. Continue reading
“Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.” 1 Timothy 2:20-21″
Over the last month I have had a real sense that God has challenged me to look at myself more in how I approach Him and the work He has for me to do. It’s very easy to fall into a routine of being a Christian or to get ‘comfortable’. Yet as Christians we must never forget that God has “called us to a holy calling, not because of our works, but because of His own purpose and grace, which He gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began” (2 Timothy 1:9). The salvation Continue reading