Recently I came across an article and video clip that stirred me about how we read our Bible. The reason it stirred me was that it firstly reminded me again as to “Why I read the Bible every day” and secondly it stirred me because the day after I read this article, I had a coffee with a friend that was struggling with reading the Bible and I said that I would sent through some helpful reading for him as to how to reinvigorate his daily reading of the Bible.
Sinclair Ferguson draws a striking contrast between helpful and unhelpful Bible reading.
One mistake Bible readers often make is letting their time reading the Bible focus on their own Christian life. They read the Bible and think about their own lives more than what the Bible is actually saying. Ferguson calls on readers to focus on learning the message of the Scriptures. Every passage and book of the Bible has a message that we should seek to uncover in our time reading and studying it.
“We must embed into our thinking what the message of Scriptures actually is.”
Ferguson continues, “Learning to read the Bible is, first of all, listening to what the Bible is saying and then learning to apply what it is saying in your life.”
Enjoy this clip and make sure your own time reading and study God’s Word is focused on learning and applying the message of the Bible.
Just a by the way, If you feel like God is knocking on the door of your heart about teaching and pastoring, Sinclair Ferguson has written a book called “Some pastors and teachers : reflecting a biblical vision of what every minister is called to be”
You can order it from Christian Book Discounters down in Pinetown for R320. I have ordered one, I think it might be one of those really good buys. If you‘re not sure, give me a shout in a month or two and I’ll tell you if it was worth the R320 (or keep reading this blog because I’ll be doing a book review once I’ve read it).