One of the practices that my wife Annette and I have is to read a portion of scripture together right before we go to bed. We have been doing this for years now and have read through the Bible a number of times. We try to read a chapter at a time. Sometimes the chapter is too long, or we are too tired for an entire chapter. But we still read even a little bit before we pray together and turn off the lights. I highly recommend doing this! We learned this secret from Dr. & Mrs. Bunkowske while I was still studying at the seminary.
Currently we are reading through the Psalms. Psalm 119 to be specific. It will take us a few nights to get all the way through this Psalm. But one thing that has struck me during our nightly reading of Psalm 119 is the Psalmist’s devotion to the word of God. Psalm 119:1-2 says
1 Blessed are those whose lives have integrity, those who follow the teachings of the LORD. 2Blessed are those who obey his written instructions. They wholeheartedly search for him. (GW)
The Psalmist says we are blessed if we search the scriptures. Psalm 119 is a love song about God’s word. How many of us have fallen in love with the word of God? One reason that many of us struggle with loving the word of God is that we struggle with understanding it. Many of us believe that you need a seminary education to properly understand the Bible. But think about this, when god revealed His word to His prophets and apostles, how many seminaries were there? How many seminary trained people were there? God revealed His word to be spoken and read by the common person. That means you and me. (Yes, many times messages were for kings, but how many kings were well educated besides Solomon?)
We as a people have gotten out of the habit of Bible study. We have become afraid of it. We have even believed that it should be left to the professionals. Starting in the month of October we are kicking off small groups at New Life. We will spend just two months studying what it means to be church. Our focus verse is Acts 2:42
42 The disciples were devoted to the teachings of the apostles, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. (GW)
Why small groups? Because there is strength in numbers. If you are afraid or unsure how to study the Bible on your own, here is an opportunity to meet with others and learn together how to study.
Why small groups? So that we can strengthen and encourage each other. Proverbs 27:17 17[As] iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens the wits of another. These groups are designed to help you hone your Bible study skills. They are also designed so that you can be encouraged as well as encourage others as together you study what God says about being His church.
Haven’t signed up for a study yet? Check out our Facebook page to see days and times. Can’t find a day/time that meets your schedule? Contact me about starting a new group. I think that once you start studying the Bible you will be like the writer of Psalm 119. You will fall in love with God’s word all over again!