Why Engage the Bible?
The Bible is foundational to the message and the life of the follower of Jesus and our church.
It is a primary place we ‘encounter’ the God of the Bible
“The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men [and women] to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.” (A.W. Tozer)
It is a catalyst to help us grow in faith and more closely follow Jesus
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:7-8)
It is a foundational way to build our lives and help us engage in God’s mission to bless a broken world
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24)
“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.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Steps to Take:
Here are the steps we are encouraging you, your team, or your group to take:
1. Engage by reading the Bible more regularly
- “Make a habit of the habit”
- Be intentional
- Set aside a time and place
- Have a plan (daily scriptures)
2. Engage by listening and interacting with the Bible
- Grow in your awareness of God’s presence and pleasure
- Experiment with how you listen and interact
- Read it multiple times
- Listen to it
- Pray it
- Create a song or piece of art
- Record your thoughts and questions - through journaling or some other means
- Meditate - Let the words ‘dwell in your heart’
3. Engage the Bible accountably with others
- Start or join a Life Group
- Meet with your team
- Meet 1-1 or in triads
- Study the Bible inductively to ask questions of:
- Context—Who is writing? To whom? When? Where? Why?
- Meaning—What does this say? What does this mean?
- Application—So what? What does this mean for us today? What difference will it make in my life today?
4. Engage the Bible by acting on what God says
- Ask “So how will I be different today because of what I read?”
- Trust in God’s promises
- Receive God’s correction, encouragement or comfort
- Trust God’s promptings or guidance