Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Reading the Bible, Part I

We “encourage” our students to read through the Bible (if they don’t they wash dishes and/or don’t graduate), but it seems to be the one “rule” that I repeatedly receive verbal appreciation for enforcing. At the beginning of each semester, I ask our students if they have ever attempted to read through the Bible…most say they have. I then ask how many have read the entire Bible…almost all say they have not. There are many reasons why it is good to read the Bible, but here are my top 3 reasons:

1. To know Christ, our Life. “Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. “We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:68-69)
2. To be formed into Christ’s image, by having our minds renewed. “But you did not learn Christ in this way, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. (Ephesians 4:20-24)
3. To bless others as we are blessed. “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
(Col. 3:16)

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