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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 08:42

Our Holy Quest: Learning and Living God's Word

Written by  Jay Wolf
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Our First Baptist Family has a wonderful tradition of providing all of our first graders with a special Children’s Bible.  I write each of the children a special note in their Bible and we dedicate a Sunday evening service to presenting the new Bibles to these precious children to convey to them the vast importance of being a life-long student of the Scriptures.  A few weeks ago we presented 53 children with their special Bibles.

 I communicated to these future world-changing disciples of King Jesus the same message that I communicate to every believer: our holy quest is to learn and live God’s Word. God is real and His Word is true. Every Christ-followers should determine to make God’s Word your textbook for life. Jesus held the highest view of the Scripture when He proclaimed, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill it. Truly I say unto you, until heaven and earth passes away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever keeps and teaches God’s commandments will be called great in the Kingdom of heaven.” (Mt. 5:17-19)

 

Use these compelling pictures to propel your quest to learn and live God’s Word:

 

 

1. The Bible is a LIBRARY.God divinely orchestrated the creation and preservation of His Word. The 66 books of the Bible were written by 40 different authors using three languages over 1500 years. The Bible’s ultimate theme is Jesus Christ and His mission of redeeming fallen humanity. Beginning with Gutenberg’s first printing project in 1454, over 7 billion copies have been created of humanity’s most important instruction manual. Paul explained, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

 

 

2. The Bible is a LIGHT. “Thy Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105) You don’t have to stumble in the darkness of making bad decisions and engaging in self-defeating behavior. Instead, open God’s illuminating Word which reveals His protective and productive pathway to you each day.

 

 

3. God’s Word is a COMPASS.To successfully navigate the maze of this fallen and deceptive world, you need to know where true North is located. Like a compass for a traveler, God’s Word is a reliable tool that provides liberating truth you can trust. Jesus explained, “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

 

 

4. The Bible is a SWORD.Satan attempted to distract and defeat Jesus by offering a set of alluring temptations. King Jesus unsheathed the sword of God’s Word and slashed the devil to pieces with the three scriptures from Deuteronomy. Make it your goal to get a good grip on the sword of God’s Word by hearing it, reading it, studying it, memorizing it and implementing it. When you learn and live God’s Word, you effectively wield a protective weapon, which will help you become a powerful force for the Lord. “The word of God is living and active, sharper than a double-edged sword, which penetrates to the dividing of soul and spirit and judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

 

 Remember, the Bible is not the book of the month, but the book of the ages for people of all ages! Make God’s Word your textbook for life by learning it and living it each day.

 

 

Jay Wolf became pastor of First Baptist Church in Montgomery in 1991. He is married to Mary Ruth and they have four children. Visit www.montgomeryfbc.org for more information, and check out their ad on the back cover of every issue of Journey magazine.

 

 

 

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