Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Not By Bread Alone

"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God" - Matthew 4:4

A recent study by LifeWay Research found that the main correlating factor in spiritual maturity is biblical literacy. It is impossible to overstate the importance of reading and understanding the Scriptures in the life of a believer. As Jesus stated when He quoted Deuteronomy to the devil, the Word of God is more necessary than the food we eat. Food can only temporarily satisfy and nourish our body, but God's Word eternally satisfies and nourishes our souls.

I've been a Christian for about 13 years now, and over this time I've come to understand the necessity of knowing the Bible in order to live it. The more I learn, the more I realize how little I know and how much more I need to learn about what the Scriptures say and how it is to be applied in everyday life. And the more I've come to realize the beauty and indescribable worth of our God's revelation of Himself to us through the Holy Bible.

God has given me a burning desire to know, live and teach His Word to others. As a Sunday School director in a local church body, I want nothing more than to see our teachers wholly committed to not only studying and teaching the Bible, but more importantly, instilling a passion in our church members to go and do likewise. In the same way, I want Christians around the world to do the same. This is why I've decided to commit to this blog.

There is absolutely no limit to the transformational power of the Word of God in the life of a believer and a church. Programs, presentations, and preachers will come and go, but the Word of God will endure forever. No matter what our culture tries to tell us, the Bible is timeless, for it doesn't simply address ever-changing customs and trends, but it speaks directly of and to the heart of who we are and what we need most as humans. It lays out to us the purpose for our existence, the problem that keeps us from fulfilling that purpose, and the Solution that enables us to ultimately achieve the end for which God created us - to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever.

This blog exists to that end. My prayer is that it will become a sort of on-line community where everyday believers can come to find resources and teaching that will help them to accurately know God's Word so that they may actively live it and then in turn ardently teach it to others so that God gets all the glory and honor in the end. Soli Deo Gloria!

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