This week's Freshly Bru'd
is going to challenge you, I hope. It is also going to cause some of you to
question my spirituality.
I have observed over the years of ministry that many
Christians are thrilled about Bible study, but less thrilled about fellow
believers, reaching the lost, and even prayer. It causes me to ask an honest
question, "Can Bible study actually become a diversion to spiritual growth?"
Now, before you write me off, let me remind you "knowledge puffs up, but love
builds up." (1 Corinthians 8:1)
Is it possible to be so
prideful about what I am learning in my Bible study that it becomes more
important than practicing what I am learning? I think so.
How do I know when Bible
study has become spiritually diverting to my walk? Here are a few thoughts to
get you thinking...
*I am more interested in
Bible study than in my fellow believers and living in community with them. I'm not
suggesting you neglect Bible study, but rather evaluate it to see if study is causing you to neglect other
*I feel like prayer requests
and sharing life wastes precious Bible study time.Remember our knowledge of the
Bible should deepen our love for God and for each other!
*I can recite passages I
never intend to obey. One of my professors used to say "Most Christians are
already educated beyond their level of obedience."
*I substitute Bible
knowledge for faith.Often our excuse for not acting is that we don't know
enough. "I can't witness to my neighbor. I don't know enough answers." Yet, we
know Jesus, isn't He our answer? Salvation is by grace through faith - not how
much knowledge a person has.
*Do I love God's word more
than I actually love God?We can learn His commands, yet not obey them. We can
memorize verses, yet do we go to those lengths to help others? Yes, we should
turn to God's word for comfort. But more importantly, we should turn to God. The
word of God is active, not passive. Our worship belongs to God, not to His word.
Just some food for
P.S.This week is the 1st Annual Q&A message with the
Pastors and Directors of First Free Church. We will answer your Bible questions
and have some fun along the way. Worship is at 9:00 &