In this week’s sermon, Pastor Pat said that we are all slaves to sin. He challenged us to do the following things:
- Think of a sin that is enslaving you, the one which has the heaviest chains on your life.
- Prayerfully read a chapter of 2nd Timothy each day for four days this week.
- Write down the phrase, verse, or verses that seem to speak towards an aspect of dealing with this sin, and pray that God would use that verse in your life.
- Reflect on those words several times during the day.
- Tell someone about your experience.
The Bible isn’t a magic recipe book for success. But reading Scripture is part of obedience to the True Master that allows us to be freed from our enslavement to sin (John 8:31-32). Yet on Sunday evening, Pastor Josh quoted a survey that found only 13% of Americans read the Bible daily.
You may say, “well, not all Americans are Christian,” and that certainly is true. Another survey found that if you only include those who identify as “Christian,” the percentage does increase, but not much: Only 20% of Christian church-goers read their Bible daily, and there is no reason to think that the numbers are significantly different at FCBC. We want to see that change, and one way we would like to do so is by training others to read the Bible intentionally and regularly with one other person, and by doing so to train those people to do the same.
Some questions to consider this week:
A. What are the things that hold you back from reading the Bible regularly?
B. Have you had a time when you started to read the Bible regularly but then the practice fell by the wayside? What do you think contributed to that? What would have helped sustain you?
C. Have you accepted the challenge to read through 2nd Timothy this week? If so, consider these additional questions:
- What one or two things has this reading taught you about God?
- What one or two things has this reading taught you about mankind?
- What is one thing you believe the Word of God is calling you to do?
- With whom are you going to share this?
Feel free to post your thoughts here, or on our FB page!