Pastor's Corner
 
  
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“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.”
                                                                   
-2 Timothy 2:15
  

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The Bible is the self-revelation of God.  God blessed us with Scripture so that we would know who He is, what He calls us to do and what path we are to take as loving and obedient disciples of Jesus Christ.
 
     The Bible is a two-edged sword.  Its words can be easily twisted to make a “trap for fools.”  Witness the hundreds of preachers who cherry pick selected verses to justify the accumulation of wealth, power and prestige. 
 
     It’s easy to find verses stating that God wants you to be happy. It’s easier still to conform those words into a testimony about grabbing all the pleasure you can find, holding onto it as if it were eternal and claiming, “God wants MY happiness!”
 
     Problem is, concentrated study of the Bible reveals this pleasure-quest for what it is: an insidious lie.  The word used is “joy” and that joy is only found in obedience to God, and in the effort required to pick up and carry our cross, just as Christ did.
 
     It is then… in the quest to walk obediently with God, that we begin to understand the true nature of joy. 
 
     Delving into Scripture is like friendship.  You might meet someone who is interesting and fun, and before long you are calling her “friend.”
 
      But true friendship is borne out over time: good times and bad.  Suffering together unites friends in a way that sunny days do not.  It is one thing to be a delightful person and quite another to be a true and lasting friend.
 
     The Bible is like that.  A cursory glance at a verse here and there may get you through the day, but it is over years of study, contemplation, discussion and living out the Word that we feel the true depth of God’s self-revelation in Scripture.
 
     That is why I love our church Bible studies.  We dive into the Bible, sometimes word by word, and discuss its meaning, its applications and implications for our lives.  We take our time and seek to consider each and every permutation in order to get to the truth.
 
     It is then, and only then, that we can reach a considered conclusion about God’s word to us.  And it is so important that we do it together!  Christ calls us to community, and that includes the arena of studying His word.
 
      So, then, come join us at Bible study.  It’s held every Tuesday night at 6 pm in the ladies’ Sunday school room.  It lasts for eight weeks.  Currently, we are studying the notion of discipleship in the Purple Book.  We are all growing in Christ and growing closer in friendship.
 
     And we are seeking a right understanding of God’s truth, so as to spread the good news throughout the community.  You will be welcome any Tuesday… and I assure you, you won’t regret it, not for a second!

 
 
 
  

  
  
 
                                                                                                                                        Yours in Christ,                                                                                                                                                                                               Pastor John