In the post I did several days ago entitled “Ten Convictions I Have About The Church” I said…
9 – Community is more important than reading the Bible. (The early church didn’t have the Bible for the first 300 years of Christianity…but they did have one another.)
Based on the reaction I saw what some people heard me say was, “the Bible isn’t important.” So, let’s talk about it 🙂
I am a Bible guy!
I love God’s Word!
There is hardly a single morning in my life for the past two decades that I have not gotten out of bed, made a cup of coffee, opened up The Word and tried my best to allow Jesus to shape my heart and mind.
I believe the Word of God is living and active (Hebrews 4:12) and every single time I read Psalm 19:7-11 it literally takes my breath away. I believe II Timothy 3:16-17. I believe one of the best ways to live out Romans 12:1-2 is by reading the Scriptures.
However, even though I love God’s Word and have a passion to teach it in a way that makes it as real and as understandable as possible, I still say that community is more important than reading the Bible in a person’s life – especially if they are a new believer.
Charisse, my daughter, was born June 27, 2007. If I would have taken her out to the middle of a field and set her down with a steak and said to her, “Here is a steak, it is food, eat it and you will live” and then walked away I would have been arrested and been called cruel…yet in the church we call that very same thing (in many cases) “discipleship.”
I’ve been in ministry for over twenty years now. During this time I’ve seen so many people walk away from Jesus, NOT because they did not have a Bible (my gosh, most of us have more than one), but because they didn’t have anyone in their lives to walk with them.
I’ve seen people dive back into destructive habits and relationships NOT because they could not find their Bible, but because they had no one in their lives who seemed to care.
When I first became a Christian in 1990 I had a Bible. I read the Bible, but I had no idea what in the heck I was reading. It freaked me out—especially when I started reading about lambs getting sliced opened and goats—and then one day I read Deuteronomy 25:11-12 and was freaked out for days…until someone explained to me that verse did not apply anymore. (WHAT?!)
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SOURCE: The Christian Post