7th January 2011

How Do You Know?

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

The Rev. Billy Graham tells of a time early in his career when he arrived in a small town to preach a sermon. Wanting to mail a letter, he asked a young boy where the post office was. When the boy had told him, Dr. Graham thanked him and said, “If you’ll come to the Baptist Church this evening, you can hear me telling everyone how to get to heaven.” “I don’t think I’ll be there”, the boy said, “You don’t even know your way to the Post Office.”

Although this is a humourous story, it does make a serious point. If we, as Christians, do not know what the Bible says, 1—how  will we know that what we believe is true and 2—how will we  be able to tell it to others?

1—Bible study is necessary to provide a firm foundation for our faith. As the scripture above says, we study to show ourselves approved unto God. How are we to know whether what someone is saying is true unless we are like the Bereans in Acts 17:10-11, who received the teaching of the disciples with readiness of mind, yet searched the scriptures daily whether those things were so. Isaiah 8:20 tells us that, “if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”

2—It says in 1 Peter 3:15, to be ready always to give an answer of the hope that lies within us—that is, our Christian belief in salvation through Jesus Christ. The title scripture says study to ‘rightly divide’, or use, the word of truth. If we do not base our answers, our teaching and our example upon truth, we will be like the blind leading the blind. As Jesus said in Luke 6:39, “Can the blind lead the blind? Shall they not both fall into the ditch?”

By studying our bibles daily, we will be prepared with the knowledge needed to build ours and others’ faith on a firm foundation of truth.

Prayer
Lead us Lord, into the paths of righteousness. Keep us safe from those who would deceive and lead us astray, and in our Christian walk, help us follow you.
Amen

Study by Nancy Silcox

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