How do I read my Bible?
August 9, 2018 | Aaron Adams
This past week in our sermon series "Tell Me The Truth" we began with a question of how we should approach scripture. For many of us, it wouldn't take long to create quite a list of why reading scripture is difficult, or, why we find ourselves not reading it at all. Most of us live busy lives full of family, work, yards to mow, meetings to attend, and sometimes reading scripture might seem daunting and confusing...
But, why should we push through? As I prepared for last week, I asked friends and family not only the reasons why scripture can be difficult but why they continue to push forward. Here are some of my favorites...
1) Genuinely interested in what God has to say:
For Christians, we believe that the bible is the inerrant word of God. That's right. The Bible is literally the word of God! Yes, written by man, but fully inspired by God. I truly want to know what God has to say. I want to know what God had to say to his people, his church then, and I want to know what he has to say to his people, his church, today.
2) A desire to understand it:
No doubt that there are stories, events, etc. in the bible that confuses me. I don't claim to be a theologian, and sometimes I have to do a whole lot of study to try and make sense of scripture. But, that's what I love about it! I want to know what God has to say, and even more, I want to understand what God is saying.
3) The whole counsel of God:
I believe that God is a big God, the creator of the universe! The truth is that I'm just a small piece in the story. But scripture contains SO much more than a few legal documents, a couple of songs, and some stories. I want to see the big picture. I don't want only to know a chapter or two in the story, I want all of it.
4) A desire to wrestle with God:
This one correlates with #2. Again, scripture can no doubt be confusing. Sometimes scripture can be hard to read. Not only because of the style but because of what happened, how it happened and who it happened to. Sometimes reading scripture causes me to have more questions than answers, and I think that's okay! I think God can handle my questions. I think God wants me to ask those questions!
5) I can't share my faith without deepening my own:
When it all comes down to it, I want this world, my family, and my community to know the name of Jesus. I can't adequately share my faith if I'm not actively trying to deepen my faith.