"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
2 Timothy 3:16-17
This past week I was at church camp with the elementary aged kids. I'll be returning today (Monday) for middle school camp and then returning again the following Monday for senior camp. So, I apologize if I'm a little MIA.
Anyways, I love church camp. It's exhausting, but it is definitely worth it. It's always such a fun and eye opening time for me.
This week, the speaker at camp had a red mohawk and he called himself the mohawk missionary. His music was completely scripture and it had actions to go along with it as an effective way to teach the kids (and adults) scripture. It was amazing to see the kids pick up on scripture so quickly.
This week got me to thinking about how important it is to get in the Word and to know scripture. It seems like this would be such an obvious thing, but too often it is forgotten. I know I'm guilty of it!
Knowing scripture as a Christian is important, because the Bible is a God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16) manual. How are we supposed to be a Christian, if we don't even know what the "manual" says?
Think about it: to be a doctor, you have to learn how to be a doctor. To be a psychologist, you have to learn how to be a psychologist. To be a teacher, you have to learn how to be a teacher. Each of these professions require you to have knowledge of the subject. You wouldn't want a doctor operating on you, who had never opened a book and learned about anatomy. To go even further, you wouldn't want a doctor operating on you that had never practiced before.
So how then as Christians, do we expect people to take us seriously when we don't even know what the Bible says? How do we expect people to take us seriously when we don't walk the talk? We have to put action to our words.
I always think to myself that I would love to be one of those women who is so strong in her faith and knows the Bible like the back of her hand, but then I don't do enough to get there. If I want to be a strong spiritual leader then I'm going to have to get even more serious about knowing scripture and the same goes for you. We will never be too experienced to stop reading the Word of God. We can learn new things everyday from the very same Bible verse as long as we are in tune with Holy Spirit.
So maybe you are in the same boat. Maybe you feel like it's time that you to get into the Word and find out more about who God is and who He is in you. Maybe you feel like you want to dig deeper, but you don't know where to start. If you feel like this is you then I want to encourage you to start reading, taking notes, and pulling apart/putting together scripture.
I have decided that I will start in the book of John.
The book of John is one of the Gospels, which means the focus is on Jesus. The book of John starts with discussing the beginning of time and how Jesus was there. (This may sound confusing, but it's actually really cool.) The book of John explains the life of Jesus and His teachings, while also connecting Jesus the Son of God, to God the Father.
I would love for you to start this journey with me in the book of John by reading one chapter a day. There are 21 chapters, so this will almost get you through the month of July. I want to encourage you to not just read the Bible, but to take notes and try to understand it.
Here are some resources to help you while studying the Word:
If you are going to start this study with me, let me know! I would love to hear your thoughts as you begin studying and I would love to help keep you accountable. We are far more likely to stick with something, if we have people to help us along the way. I will at least plan to share what I'm learning on my Instagram stories, so feel free to follow me there!
Most of all, I pray that you will come into a deeper understanding of Jesus and begin to understand why you believe what you believe. If we want to lead others to Christ, then we're going to have to be in tune with God's Word.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."