One of the most common thing every Christian, especially the Protestant ones, learns when they start going to church is that we have to read the BIble.

In IES KG, we also encourage our people to read the Bible as well. One of our family values is: God’s Word changes lives. We believe that when God’s people study and apply God’s word in their lives, things begin to change for the better. Things will never be the same.

But for some reason it’s hard for the people in the church to develop a personal discipline to read the Word of God every day. I’m a pastor and I struggle with it sometimes. So today, and the next couple of months, we will focus on this most basic of Christian discipline: reading through the Bible.

Mi Biblia Es Peligrosa: Las Promesas is about going through the Bible together as a Church. We want to see what the promise-maker-promise-keeping God wants to do in our life.

And to make sure that everyone here will be able to join us all the way through, today we want to begin not by jumping straight into the promises in the Bible, but by talking about the why and the how of Bible reading.

 

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 2 Timothy 3.16 (NLT)

 

ALWAYS STARTS WITH WHY

TO KNOW GOD AND TO HEAR FROM HIM

I don’t know why Jesus was not born into an internet age when the whole world could see his face and listen to his voice. Had God separated the Red Sea today, we would be able to see it through our orbital satellites and we can even probably evaluate the environmental effect of such ‘biblical’ supernatural event. Why then and not now? I don’t know.

All I know is that the only way for the people of that time to pass on what they have experienced and what they have learned in their walk with God is through these writings – through this text. So if we are serious about knowing who God is and hear what he has to say to us (both of them go hand in hand in my opinion), then we must engage this text.

Today we have more ways than before to interact with the Holy Scripture. We can read it on paperback like I do at home. We can read it on our devices when we are in church like what we usually do on Sundays. I listen to it on my Bible app when I’m driving somewhere. So many versions, so many ways to engage with the text like never before. But the end game is the same: to know God and to hear from him.

TO ESTABLISH A MODEL FOR US

The Bible is descriptive. It tells us how things are, how things are supposed to be, and how things will be. Simply speaking, the Bible gives us models – Divine Mentorship if you will – for us to observe.

Some of us did not have a chance to grow up in a strong loving family but now we want to do better to our spouse and our children. How do we get better in this doing family stuff if we never get to see healthy families in our lives – if we never see a model of strong godly families? Well, we can go read the Bible. There are many examples for us there: good family examples to follow and a lot of bad ones to run away from.

You want to serve God? Read the Bible. Many good examples and bad examples. Want to be financially responsible? Read the Bible. Good examples and bad examples. Struggling with anger? Insecure with who you are? Read the Bible. God has given us many good examples and bad examples there.

TO EXAMINE OURSELVES

The Bible gives us perspective. It helps us examine ourselves to work on our weaknesses and strengths.

Feeling inadequate about yourself and your family this morning? Go read 2 Samuel and see what God’s chosen king and his family did to one another. Your family drama should pale in comparison.

Feeling a bit cocky? Go over Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. That should remind you how far along you must go to be who God wants you to be.

We need to be reminded always that things are not as good or as bad as we think it is. Reading the Bible everyday will give us the godly perspective to examine who we are and where we are in God’s big picture.

HOW TO READ THE BIBLE

Now we know the why we have to read the bible, let’s discuss the how. Many people are just randomly open the Bible and start reading. Some people start from the beginning with the story of Creation and got lost somewhere in the wilderness along with the Israelites when they get to Leviticus and Numbers. There’s got to be a better way to do this.

SOAP (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer) Journal

Scripture: write the verse that speaks to you.
Observation: write down what you observe from this particular passage.
Applications: write a plan of action. Doable and measurable.
Prayer: write down a prayer asking God to help you apply this truth.

GO BIG

Examine the big themes in the Bible instead of getting lost in the details.

We would like for you to read the whole Bible at least once in your life. But it will be better for you to start understanding the big picture first so you won’t miss the forest because you were busy staring at every tree and every rock.

That’s why in this campaign we will go through the entire Bible studying one thing: promises. Will we know every promise made in the Bible? Of course not. Not in 2 months. But when we’re done, we will see the Big Picture: who promise keeping God is and how we can live by his promises in our lives.

DO NOT SANITIZE THE BIBLE

The Bible is full of unsavory people doing unspeakable things. Yet God puts these things here so we learn not to repeat the same mistake. You put it away and only read the ‘good’ parts and you are bound tor repeat the same mistake they make.

 

ARE YOU READY TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE?

Now you know the why and the how, will you join us in this campaign? God’s Word changes lives. Are you ready to be changed?