Sunday Feb 19 The Bible Gods Word Don’t Tell Me Show Me

Pastor’s Blog February 19, 2017 “The Bible|God’s Word Don’t Tell Me Show Me”
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a demonstration is worth ten thousand words.
Last week, on our “Bring your printed Bible to church” Sunday, I walked us through our physical Bibles to show what the Old Testament looked like by having people lift up their Bibles and hold the 39 books of the Old Testament between their fingers and the same with the New Testament. Seeing the structure of the library we call the Bible helps the reader know where to look when faced with the need for answers.
This coming Sunday is “Bring your printed Bible to church” part two. I am going to do something I have never done in almost 38 years of vocational ministry. I am not going to spoil the surprise but I will drop some hints.
Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the Bible is both living and active. You interact with a living person different than an inanimate object. Would you consider that many if not most people don’t understand that the Bible is alive. When we accept this, well, everything changes.
You can have a relationship with a person. Follow with me. So, if the Bible is alive and active, by extension, we can and should expect to have a relationship with the Bible at a personal level. We can and should expect the Bible to speak to us about God’s love, direction and encouragement. When having our devotional time, we are not merely checking the boxes of “what good Christians do” but we are keeping an appointment with the living Word of God: a date where we get to know Him better.
So, I will be demonstrating what it looks like to have a loving relationship with the Word of God and remember, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God” (John 1:1). By cultivating a relationship with the Bible, the Word of God, we are cultivating a relationship with Jesus. And, whenever we spend time with Jesus, our lives change…for the better.
Pastor Tom

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