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Scripture

Scripture

Do you take the Bible seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While most of them do own a Bible, it seems that there are relatively few who actually read it on a regular basis. Even those who do, seem rarely to allow the Word of God to challenge them and change them as it ought.

If Christians did read their Bibles in this manner, their faith would be strong, their doctrine would be pure, their worship would be reverent, and their profession of personal faith would always be adorned with a godly walk.

God calls you to take his word seriously:

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)


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Study

Study

Do you take Bible study seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While most of them do own a Bible and while many will attend the Bible Studies scheduled by their local church, it seems that there are few who spend time studying scripture on their own.

If more Christians did study their Bibles, they would not be so easily deceived by the charlatans and heretics who have snuck into the church unawares to draw away disciples after themselves and away from orthodoxy through empty-but-persuasive words.

God calls you to take Bible study seriously:

For the Holy Spirit judged the saints in Berea as “more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” (Acts 17:11).


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Translation

Translation

Do you take Bible translation seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. It seems that most simply use the Bible translation that their parents used or whatever their pastor happens to use. Many even choose their translation like they choose any other commodity (having being manipulated through mass marketing).

If more Christians did take seriously the topic of Bible translation, they would not only research the differences between text families (i.e., Textus Receptus, Eclectic, and Majority), but also between translation philosophies (i.e., Formal Equivalence, Dynamic Equivalence, and Paraphrase) before choosing a translation.

God calls you to take Bible translation seriously:

“Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in the heavens…” and “assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” (Psalm 119:89 and Matthew 5:18).


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Memorization

Memorization

Do you take scripture memorization seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While they will indeed memorize a favorite “life verse” from the Bible and perhaps a few other de-contextualized snippets of evangelical sloganeering, it seems that very few devote themselves to a regular and rigorous program of scripture memorization.

If more Christians did take scripture memorization seriously, they would not be so easily deceived by heretics and they would not be so quickly defeated by the devil and drawn into sin when he takes aim at their hearts and lets his fiery arrows fly.

God calls you to take scripture memorization seriously:

For the man of God says, “Thy word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against thee…” and of this man it is written, “The law of his God is in his heart; therefore none of his steps shall slide.” (Psalms 119:11 and 37:31)


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Doctrine

Doctrine

Do you take doctrine seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. Rather than following the noble example of the first believers who continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine (Acts 2:42), they have chosen to walk according to that post-modern excuse for biblical ignorance: “Doctrine divides, but love unites.”

The only thing doctrine truly divides is truth from error, light from darkness, sheep from wolves, and wheat from tares. Such distinctions are becoming increasingly rare in the churches of today and that is why so many Christians are confused, weak, unstable, and in danger of apostasy.

God calls you to take doctrine seriously:

“Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine… Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.” (1 Timothy 4:13, 16)


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Preaching

Preaching

Do you take preaching seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While they will indeed pay attention and perhaps even take a few notes during the sermon, it seems that few understand and appreciate what actually happens when the Bible is preached by men who are sufficiently gifted and duly approved and called to the sacred office.

If more Christians did take preaching seriously, they would not only attend unto preaching with diligence, preparation, and prayer but they would also receive, meditate upon, and allow the truths preached to bring forth fruits of repentance, faith, and holiness in their lives.

God calls you to take preaching seriously:

“For this reason we also thank God without ceasing: because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.” (1 Thess. 2:13)


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