It has become apparent that many Christians in America do not really know their Bible. This year I read a book by Woodrow Kroll – Back to the Bible – which outlines the lack of basic knowledge that American Christians have about Scripture. What are we teaching in our churches and Sunday Schools? It seems anymore that American Christians want to have their ears tickled, learning about how they can make their lives better, rather than learning what the truth of the Bible teaches.
2 Timothy 4:2-4
“Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”
We need to get back to the Word of God, not psychological mumbo-jumbo. The Bible speaks to the situations we face in our daily lives, truths that we need to cling to in times of trouble. We need to know what the Bible says, so we can know what it is that we believe and why we believe it. Let’s make 2012 a year that we get back to reading our Bibles, learning what it says and applying it to our lives in practical ways.
Resources from Back to the Bible
Is one of your goals for 2012 to read through the Bible or to read the Bible more? Here are some links to a bunch of different options for Bible reading plans, some more involved than others. Find one that works best for you and jump in. The goal is to be reading it and soaking it in.
Here’s a good article on why to have a Bible Reading Plan.
Bible Reading Plans for 2012
Bible Reading Plans for 2012
In the last few months, I have become more interested and intrigued in the subject of discipleship. What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? How does that play out in practical ways in my daily life?
The Free Dictionary defines “disciple” as either: One who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another or An active adherent, as of a movement or philosophy.
Often associated as one of the original followers of Jesus.
In Luke 14, Jesus lays down the cost of being His disciple. “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters – yes, even his own life – he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” “…any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.”
Discipleship is not a simple decision, made with a careless shrug. This is a costly call, one that will take everything that we are and have. It is not to be entered into lightly.
Resources for further study:
Radical by David Platt
Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman