This past weekend I was reminded of the dire importance of being Biblical theologians. Usually the first thing that pops into a person’s mind when they hear “theologian” is an aging grandpa figure, bent over archaic texts and scrolls, squinting under the low glow of the candlelight. Or, they immediately think that such study of God is reserved for the pastors and spiritual leaders. “Surely studying the Bible is not for the common lay person,” is the common thought.
But oh, how I was wrong to think this way too. As I read through the book “What is a Healthy Church Member?”, I was challenged and rebuked by my own lack of love for God’s word. I was reminded that the Bible is the source of absolute truth, that it is the God-breathed words of life, graciously given to us, graciously illuminated to those God chose to save. The Bible is how we can even know God, and know Him more intimately.
For our small group we had a homework assignment to do a Bible study and share it with the rest of the group. What an encouraging time it was as we heard from others what nuggets of treasure they had dug up, ranging from the sovereignty of God to His faithfulness, and even the superiority of Christ. It was such a wonderful time, not only to hear what they learned, but to be excited about being in God’s word and really pouring our lives into it so we can be renewed by His word.
I myself had the privelege of studying on the word “praise.” I learned from Hebrews 13:15 that praise to God is something only Christians can do through Christ, that it is done continually and consistently, that it is done as an act of joyful worship in response to the amazing grace God gives, and it is done for the glory of God. What a blessed reminder of all the riches we Christians have in Christ. It is also a reminder that there are so many that have yet to hear and taste and see that the Lord is good.
A few other take-aways:
– Bible study equips us with tools to fight the good fight each day
– Be thankful for our pastor who does this to a much higher degree each week, 3 times a week (often times, more)
– Be amazed by the vastness of God’s word