Many Christians don’t read their Bibles. I know this not because someone took a poll, helpful as that may be. But I know this from personal struggles to read myself and from over thirty years of interaction with church going professing Christians, be they adults, teenagers, seminary students, or professionals.
Why don’t we read our Bibles? Perhaps the tyranny of the urgent (E.g., work, relationships, sports, amusement, homework, etc.) all of which have their place but somehow become all-consuming. Perhaps we think we know “the basics” and that’s enough. Maybe we doubt that the Bible is actually God’s word. Regardless of the reasons, this neglect hinders our evangelism, our making disciples, and our personal holiness (Rom. 10:8-15; 1 Pet. 1:23-25; John. 17:17). To reverse this tide, Answers To Tough Questions will be offering a simple study called Reflections from the Scriptures with three goals in mind:
First, to encourage the reader to pay close attention to the words on the page and listen carefully. By doing this you will mine a lot of truth for life without the need of a commentary or any secondary source. That is, you’ll be able to “take up and read” for the enrichment of your soul Christian.
Second, I write to give you a model of how observations can be done in scripture that do not read into the text something foreign to the author’s intent. This will help you experience the joy of discovery, increase your confidence in your ability to comprehend God’s word, and increase your discernment when someone is preaching or teaching the scriptures.
Third, by doing the above my hope is that you will be able to hear God’s voice all the more clearly because it is the written word of God that is forever settled in heaven, not our subjective impressions of it. Or as the apostle Peter put it: “we have a more sure word of prophecy…” that trumps any glorious experience we may claim to have (2 Peter 1:16-21). Too often we Christians have bizarre ideas of what “God” is supposedly speaking to us. If it contradicts the Bible, be assured we are not hearing his voice.
So friends take up and read, make time to taste and see that the LORD is good through his eternal word. For starters consider Reflections from Mark’s Gospel under our Resources page.