By: Tim Irving – Evangelism Team
How can people call themselves a Christian but never read the Bible? If you’re going to align yourself with something, shouldn’t you know what it’s all about? Do you blindly believe what you’re told about a subject without doing any research to see if it’s true? (a definite need these days) A problem in many churches today is that the congregations are spiritually anemic from lack of personal nutrition from God’s Word! The Bible, is to be treasured more than gold or silver. Peter tells us to desire the Word that we may grow. Paul writes to Timothy, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man (woman) of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness, He began all His rebukes with, “It is written …” Best way to defeat the devil’s attacks is with Scripture, but how can you if you haven’t been spending time in it? I love our Pastors, trust them totally, but just because they say something, doesn’t mean I’m not going to go into the Word and verify it. They would be the first ones to tell you to do the same. Calling yourself a Christian means a lot more than just a name. It is a lifelong relationship of talking (prayer) and listening (reading the Bible). I think the Psalmist puts it best in Psalm 119 when he writes, “Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Finding yourself stumbling in the dark? Get into the Word and turn up those floodlights!