9.09.2018

THIS is what we do with it!

I just committed to a 15-week study of Systematic Theology in a Sunday school class - and I am excited!
I spent a year in college (2.7 decades ago) plunging into this very topic and thought a refresher course would be a grand idea. This morning's lesson included the Introduction and an overview of the entire course. I was pleased to find that the vocabulary and definitions were familiar, and the concepts were like rediscovering old friends. (I am sure my theology professor would be pleased to know how well his lessons were digested and retained!) I am eager to spend the next few months hearing about, reading through, and meditating on the beauty of theology, specifically systematic theology, which teaches us how to discover what the entire Bible has to say about any given topic.
Sunday morning worship is meant to equip the saints, and between our pastor's teaching in the first hour, and this class in the second, I will have plenty of tools with which to work throughout the week!
And I am thankful.

Within the eight-page packet of notes printed for us, there was one section that popped off the pages and made me want to dig deeper. The title of this little section:
What Do We Do With An Inspired And Inerrant Bible?
- Love it
- Read it
- Memorize it
- Meditate on it
- Study it
- Listen to it
- Obey it
- Teach it
- Preach it
- Counsel/Disciple with it
- Defend it
- Evangelize with it
What a fantastic list!
My first thought was, "Find verses to support each one!" And so, that is how I spent my afternoon. It was a wonderful way to close the day.

What Do We Do With An Inspired And Inerrant Bible?

Love it 
How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psalm 119:103

➛ Read it 
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

➛ Memorize it 
I have stored up Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:11

➛ Meditate on it
... but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:2

➛ Study it 
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. II Timothy 3:14, 15

➛ Listen to it
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17

➛ Obey it
Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love Me does not keep My words. And the word that you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me. John 14:23, 24

➛ Teach it
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19, 20

➛ Preach it
Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. II Timothy 4:2

➛ Counsel/Disciple with it
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. II Timothy 3:16, 17

Defend it
He (elders) must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. Titus 1:9

Evangelize with it
How then can they call on the One in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:14, 15

May we faithfully live these out, cherishing God's Word so we can declare with the Psalmist,
"Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day." Psalm 119:97

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