Sunday, July 21, 2013

Transformed by the Bible

“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

According to a Gallup poll survey, 92% of all Americans own at least one Bible -- the average U.S. household has 3, and 27% say they own at least 5. But do we really know what’s in them? And do we really read them?  One pastor once remarked that “The Bible is the best-selling, least read, and least understood book”  in human history.

Consider, for example, some responses received by Ann Landers in a Bible test originally given in the “Vancover Sun” newspaper:
“--Noah’s wife was Joan of Ark
--Lot's wife was a pillar of salt by day and a ball of fire by night
--Moses went to the top of Mt. Cyanide to get the 10 Commandments
--The 7th Commandment is "Thou shalt not admit adultery"
--Joshua led the Hebrews in the battle of Geritol
--The epistles were the wives of the apostles
--A Christian should have only one wife.  This is called monotony.”
Obviously, there’s a great deal of misunderstanding about the Bible today (even among Christians)!

That’s why programs and opportunities like “Disciple” Bible Study are so important and vital to the life of any Christian congregation -- not only do they give us the chance to learn about and be informed about holy scripture, but more importantly to be transformed by holy scripture!  In worship today we celebrated God’s work in and through the lives of the participants of this past year’s “Disciple” Bible Study classes, and also learned about the upcoming class opportunities for this Fall.

If you've never participated in a “Disciple” class, I strongly encourage you to prayerfully consider doing so beginning this Fall.  Your life might just be changed by it!  Remember, God loves you and I do, too!

[For more information about our church’s “Disciple” Bible Study program and opportunities that begin this August, CLICK HERE]

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