Good afternoon HTC family and friends,
As I write my Rector’s blog today, I am reminded of something that John Stott, the famous Christian preacher, once said, “We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behaviour.” This can only happen if we allow the Word of God to dwell in us richly (Colossians 3:16).
My sense is that this is where we are getting it wrong as Christians. We are not reading the Word of God regularly, as a daily discipline; we are not giving ourselves to hearing the Word of God being preached in our churches at least on a weekly basis; and we are not participating in regular fellowship with Jesus followers in Bible Studies and Cell groups, where the Word of God is being unpacked, taught and discussed. The result is that we lose our accountability to our Lord Jesus, His Word and indeed His leaders in the Body of Christ. Our lives show a disconnect between what we claim to believe and hold to, and what is actually being lived out in our daily lives; and our Christian life and witness lacks depth and authenticity. Ultimately we lose our way.
At the end of his ministry, John Stott was quoted as saying, “The most effective preaching comes from those who embody the things they are saying. They are their message… Christians… need to look like what they are talking about.” We can only live out what we are putting into our lives. If the Word of God is not the main source of input into our lives, our lives will sadly bear that out.
The Holy Spirit speaks most profoundly to us as we read the Word of God for ourselves regularly, as we diligently listen to the Word of God being preached, and as we sit together with other believers and grapple with the truths revealed in the Word of God.
Sadly the majority of Christians, simply don’t invest enough time in and to the reading and study of the Word of God. We tend to quote Scripture out of context and we quote what others say about the Word of God without knowing the Word of God for ourselves. We judge and condemn very easily and we take the moral high ground too quickly, simply because we are now allowing the Holy Spirit to challenge us, to confront us, to expose us, to inform us, and to lead us, through the Word of God.
It’s not too late to turn this around. Its never too late to change this. There is no better time than right now to make sure that our lives begin to tell a different story… a life story infused and immersed in the Word of God, and informed by the Word of God.
Jesus, the Son God, my Lord and my God said this, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4). David, whom the Lord described as ‘a man after His own heart,’ said this about the Word of God and its place in his life, “Oh how I love Your law… I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on all Your statutes. How sweet are Your Words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts.” (Psalm 119:103). Paul describes the Word of God as our main spiritual weapon for attack and defence, “Therefore put on the full armour of God. Stand firm then with the belt truth buckled round your waist. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.’ (Ephesians 6:17)
Join me in committing to be Biblical Christians, Christians who in fact read, study and listen to the Word of God.
Bless you all,