The Living Word of God
January 10, 2012 1 Comment
Main Text- 1 Kings 22:1-40 (it’s long, so I won’t post the text in the post)
“Too often we use the Bible to justify our own desires rather than listening to what it is really saying.” -Francis Chan #Passion2012
— Lawson Hembree (@LawsonHembree) January 4, 2012
The greatest thing that could happen as a result of Passion is that people would leave with a faith, hope, and trust in the living Word of God. Like King Ahab in the passage, many people today try to use the Word of God to justify their own desires rather than listening to what God is really saying. Too often, we don’t really want to know what the book says; we just want it to justify for what we want. Be careful of your own heart and desires when reading the Scriptures. It is possible to make the Bible say a lot of things that it really doesn’t by taking verses out of context and twisting their meaning. That is why it is so essential to study the Bible: you get the context! If we don’t take God’s Word seriously, the results are often disastrous…just ask King Ahab.
Secondary Text- 2 Timothy 4:1-4
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
To guard against people like King Ahab and the teachers that Paul warns Timothy about, we need to listen as we read the Bible. Too often we wait for someone else to take God’s Word seriously and then join them, or worse, just let them take it seriously for us. In order to “be ready in season and out of season,” we need to be the ones taking the initiative! It’s as simple as: “Here’s the Word of God. Let me just do it.” Anyone can get truth from the Bible as long as you read it with an attitude of listening. As Francis Chan said about how he prepares for a message: “I’m not a rocket scientist, I just read my Bible over and over.”
If we have a faith, hope, and trust in the living Word of God, then we can become better disciples. As we become better disciples, we can disciple others. As we look at many of the problems in the world today, the primary solution isn’t money or material things. The solution to many of the world’s problems today is discipleship.
More sermon notes to come!
Learn It. Love It. Live It.
If you’d like to see my notes from Francis Chan’s message at Passion 2011 click here.