Where do you turn for advice?
Sunday I shared about our need for a clear guide as we navigate life and try to be wholehearted followers of Jesus Christ who share God's love with the world. I marvel sometimes that we have to even ask the question but the question of what will guide Christians has been an issue from day one.
I shared Sunday from Psalm 1 that the sixty-six diverse voices of the Bible can be our only true guide as individuals seeking true fulfillment and as a church seeking to move forward together in mission. An old description about the Bible's role remains true today: "The Holy Scripture contains all things necessary to salvation; so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any one that it should be believed as an article of faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation." In other words, the Bible gives unique insight into God's wisdom. It remains the standard for Christian life and ministry. It is a faithful guide to God's rescue of us.
If that's all true, Psalm 1 calls us to cultivate delight in God's Word through meditation. Biblical meditation means we mentally "chew on" Scripture - giving it time and space in our minds, praying through it, asking it tough questions, letting it ask tough questions of us. We may study the passage. We may even memorize. Maybe you highlight a passage in your Bible app or carry a photocopy of a passage in your pocket, pulling it out throughout the day to soak in the words again. This chewing process reminds me of a crockpot. When we cook with a crockpot, we throw all the ingredients in together to stew. Just imagine how your thinking, your attitudes and your actions might change to be more like Jesus if you're constantly throwing Scripture into your mental crockpot to stew!
I hope you'll join me this Sunday as we continue our series by thinking about "Our Need." What on earth could that be? Our Scripture text is 2 Samuel 12:1-9, 13a.
Quest Church: A Community of Grace meets for two worship services: 9am(traditional) and 10:30am (modern with concurrent Kids Quest worship)