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17 July 2010

Biblical Principles

I'll jump back in with part 3 of the series after this post; the break has been longer than I intended.

I was listening to a radio program which had the theme of pastors "teaching Biblical principles." I listened for a pretty good while before the speaker actually used any Scripture, and this question struck me (and I tweeted it): if we constantly teach/preach Biblical principles, when will we teach/preach what the Bible actually says?

The preacher actually taught some good things; I have nothing against that. What I was listening to, however -- the amount of "sermon" vs. amount of Scripture -- was pretty lopsided. This is unfortunately very normal. And I believe that this is how the average, everday Christian gets his intake of Bible. He'll just wait for a preacher or teacher or devotional book to distill it all into little chunks that he can absorb without havin to think too much; a good lesson or thought for the day.

This is no substitute for studying the Word, and it's not even a substitute for reading the Word. We were not set apart for the work of the Lord to ask someone else to love the Lord for us!

Here are a couple of passages that stuck out to me this morning. We actually have the very words of God Almighty in our hands! Why wouldn't we want to read it over and over and over? If we don't, we simply can't live it out moment by moment, plugging its truth into every situation as we live to honor Jesus Christ:

(This is David speaking to his son Solomon as David charges him with building the temple): And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. So take this seriously. The Lord has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary. Be strong, and do the work.
- 1 Chronicles 28:9-10 (NLT)

And then...

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
- 1 Peter 2:4-5 (NLT)

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