2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
For 3yrs one of my closest mentors in Christ encouraged me to join BSF (An international ‘Bible Study Fellowship’). “You learn so much and dive deep into God’s word!”, she endorsed, knowing I loved Bible study. So, when my youngest started school, I decided to go for it. I was excited to enter a group of like-minded people, with the common goal of seeking closer relationship with God through His word.
Topical studies, study guides, even blogs like this can be very useful, learning from others who share bitesize morsels from scripture. But nothing beats feasting on the fullness of His word by reading first-hand. BSF is a great way to do this in community. “Verse by verse, we approach the Bible as God’s Truth, to be studied, savored and lived out.” -BSF
One thing my friend mentioned, being a small group leader is this. They pray over the program and group members each week at the leaders meeting. I could actually feel the power of God answering their prayers throughout the program year. The study was in Romans, and brought no shortage of conviction and comfort. ‘Bible bootcamp’ is how I describe it to others who resonate with the vigorous impact of studying God’s word, in depth with other believers.
Now, with my second year of BSF under my belt (studying ‘People of the Promised Land 1’), I’m still reaping the benefits. We covered God’s guiding relationship with Joshua, Eli and Samuel. We watched the fallout of the people’s choice of King Saul, and God’s will of King David ever returning to humility before God. We experienced God’s unfailing integrity keeping His promises, even when His people failed. BSF students know the personal probing questions help us digest scripture and encouraging heart growth, not just head knowledge.
Today’s verse speaks of the sacredness of all scripture, coming from the life-giving breath of God. The same God who spoke everything into existence, pours into our hearts through His written word. God’s word is not idle but does the work of teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. God’s Word, Jesus, even did the work of paying for our sins. (John 19:28-30)
Next year, I’m super excited to take a fresh journey through the Acts of the Apostles. Reading it privately I sense the unstoppable momentum of the gospel and the passion of Christ’s followers. This is not some account that’s merely to marvel over. It’s a motivator for action. Just as today’s verse encourages us, God’s word is to equip God’s people for every good work.
I’m awestruck by the fact that Jesus is God’s word in the flesh. He is all encompassing, God’s being – fully God and fully man. God did not leave His creation without a detailed road map to eternal life. JESUS, is the summary – the way, the truth and the life. (John 1:1-3, John 1:14, Revelation 19:13, John 14:6)
Lord, may You continually change me as I inhale Your out-breathed Word. Your loving-kindness, making available Your life-giving word, overwhelms me. Ever open my heart to receive Your truth and equip me to be Your hands and feet. What a grace and privilege I don’t deserve! ~Amen