As we shift gears from “I Believe” to “Rooted in the Word: A Tool for Studying Your Bible” we want to share with the reason why Scripture is the building block for everything we do.
The Word of God has always been powerful, relational and sacred. In Genesis, we see God speak and His words become reality. He says, ‘Let there be light’ and light appears.
His words brought forth ocean waves, mountain cliffs, wildflowers and galaxies filled with stars. Everything in creation exists because God calls its name. In the Old Testament, God spoke through prophets and leaders of His people. Moses wrote down God’s words, creating the Law for the nation of Israel (Exodus 31). Before the people who wandered for forty years had a place, they had a way—and their way was the Word of God.
The Law meant so much to the Israelites that they carried it with them, engraved on stones. They made God’s words a way of life. God commanded them to “lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul” (Deuteronomy 11:18.)
In the New Testament, we see what God had always intended—for all nations to hear His Word. No longer would one nation steward the Scriptures. God calls all people to Him, inviting them and transforming them through His words. At IF:Gathering 2016, we talked about the Word becoming flesh to dwell among us. Jesus Christ, God himself, came to dwell, speak, heal and give life. Our salvation is the Word of God—Jesus.
Today, we read these stories and, if we’re honest, they can feel distant. What do we have in common with pilgrims in the desert or a woman drawing water from a well in the Ancient Near East? Our shared doubts and disconnections sometimes give us pause but they don’t have to stop us from finding life in God’s Word.
We believe God uses the words of the Bible to speak into our lives this very day. We believe Scripture has authority, telling us how to live in a way no other book can. We are certain that if we all learned to live our lives in a way that is rooted in God’s Word, we would grow and never be the same.
But first, we have to understand it. That’s why we wrote and titled our new IF:Equip study, “Rooted in the Word: A Tool for Studying Your Bible.” Each week, we will dig in to examine Paul’s words to the Philippians. As we go along, we’ll develop habits, skills and tools for rightly understanding and applying Scripture to our lives.
Respond by sharing an area of your life where you hope God will speak into through His Word. Then, as a community, let us comment and commit to praying for one another.