If you were away from us at The Journey Church this past weekend here is what you missed:
To start our new year off with a pursuit of Godliness, we will be preaching over the 12 spiritual formation markers that we want our church to abide by. The first spiritual formation we talked over this past weekend was:
An unwavering submission to the authority of, and pursuit of God, in Scriptures.
God’s Word found in the Holy Bible is under constant attack. Each year more and more people are discrediting the infallible Word of God which reflects the culture we live in. The majority of our culture either believes God and His word as a silly fairytale or, God does exist but there is no way of truly knowing Him or hearing from Him.
Three types of people
In our culture where the Bible is viewed merely as a book written by men trying to promote their religion instead of men, inspired by the Holy Spirit writing down sacred truths under the Sovereign Hand of God has produced in a nutshell three types of people.
Bible rejecters – people who have no desire to accept the Bible as God’s Word. Interestingly enough, people do not reject the Bible because of intellectual problems but emotional problems. (2 Timothy 3:16)
Bible believers but not doers – people who suffer from bible built syndrome where they confess with their mouths that God’s Word is true but with their hearts want nothing to do with the Word of God. (James 1:22)
Bible people – people who not only believe the Bible as the written Word of God, but treasure the Bible because the living God has transformed their life through the Scriptures. (Hebrews 4:12)
God’s Children = Bible people
Only through the power of the Holy Spirit will one’s soul be comforted by the Holy Scriptures. If merely men did not write Scriptures, then merely men will not be able to love and understand Scriptures. The Holy Spirit gives us many beautiful gifts but we will focus on two. The first one is the seal of God (John 6:27). This beautiful gift secures us as children of God. When we see the Holy Spirit working through us as He lives in us, He will always point us to Christ in the Scriptures and this is where the second beautiful gift come into play. The Holy Spirit gives us the desire and understanding of the Word of God. Without the Holy Spirit it is impossible to be a true bible treasurer. You will inevitably reject scripture, or be hearers of the word but not doers. We must pray eagerly for the Holy Spirit to transform us into Bible People.
We have work to do as well
If you want your life to be marked by an unwavering submission to the authority of, and pursuit of God, in Scriptures, your routine should consist of these three disciplines.
Reading the Bible personally (daily)
Hearing the Bible taught publicly (weekly minimum)
Studying the Bible in community (multiple times a month)
Our lives should be marked by these three disciplines. Which ever one of these three disciplines you are ignoring, you are cutting off the voice of God in that area. So many Christians complain that God is silent in their life. They either do not hear His voice or they are burdened because they feel like they are not doing God’s will in their life. These three disciplines if chased after by a heart posture of sincerity (genuine desire to see God work through their lives), diligence ( bible reading is not easy, we must not give up on pursuing understanding), humility (submitting under what we read), and prayer (begging the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s truth to us) we will be transform in a way that will bring us much reward on this earth, and in the earth to come.
Not only do we trust in Holy Scriptures because they are true, but because it is good. The breath of God is in our face when we are face to face with Scriptures. The very breath of God that spoke this universe into existence will speak life into your spiritual walk if, and only if your face is constantly in the Word of God.
Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.””
Will your house remain standing or will it fall? If your life is built on the Holy Scriptures then regardless of the power of the winds you will remain standing. If your life is built on anything but the Word of God then be prepared to fall because your foundation is on sand. The slightest gust of wind will cause you to crumble.