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Read the Bible Because… Part 2

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July 28, 2020 9:00 am

Read the Bible Because… Part 2

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July 28, 2020 9:00 am

If you’ve been around church for any length of time, you probably know that the Bible is important. And yet, many of us struggle to read it on a regular basis. And when we do read it, we have trouble staying interested. Why is that? And how can we start to want to read the Bible? That’s our subject as Pastor J.D. continues our study called, START.  

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Summit life with Jamie Greer Goss was not that you obey sufficiently the one they got what you would have a base of your obedience to the gospel is that Jesus Christ came to live like you could not live in a dog to death in your place. You be condemned the God you would receive it by grace you would be given the righteousness of God. For the primary purpose of the Scriptures listen to this is to present Jesus, any length of time you know the Bible is important.

How many of us struggle to read it on a regular basis and when we do read it we have trouble staying focused and interested in how can we change this attitude to begin to want to read the Bible passage and continues our study on the basics of our faith called start yesterday titled today's message read the Bible because the Bible way that you will get little terms and conditions thing to Apple software.

Except I agree with the body like I accept. I agree not to read Mac is about read it, I get stuck in some genealogy about Obama's sham getting Mel sizzle and I don't even know what that means, when this message I want to show you what God says about the Bible to show you why try to persuade you what you need to read it for yourself daily and then show you how you can go about getting the most out of it when you do you have a Bible Deuteronomy chapter 30 was red like you to open Deuteronomy is Moses says farewell sermon to the children of Israel for 29 chapters, he is been preaching one really long sermon when it comes to chapter 30 he comes to the climactic conclusion of that sermon.

And like all good preachers.

He makes three points right here is the first one is in verse 15 Moses says see I have set before you today life and death. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today by loving the Lord your God by walking in his ways, then you shall live and multiply in the Lord your God will bless you in the land, but if your heart turns away and you will not hear but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them. Verse 18 I declare to you today that you shall surely perish number one Moses says read the Bible as if your life depended on it, read your Bible, as if your life depended on it because it does. I could not imagine him putting a more clear choice out in front of us submission to the word brings blessing departure from the word or even ignorance of the word brings cursing Jesus was say something very similar. He compared those who hear the word of God and do it to a man who builds a house on the rock solid foundation when the storms come the storms go over that house for the house is secure and so it now stands.

He compares the person who does not hear the word of God and do it to the one who builds their house on a sandy foundation looks the same as the same specs same features but when the storm comes of this house. It crumbles and falls apart because it has no foundation that endorse what Jesus is saying listen to this is that there's a lot of people who have lives that they are just fine and fair weather event something happens you go to a storm in a storm will inevitably come at some point and that storm is called disease.

That storm is called loneliness. That storm is called job loss and then all of a sudden you get a life that begins to fall apart because you've never had the foundation to be and to endure that kind of storm the difference in a life that endures. Moses says and Jesus agrees and one that crumbles is how securely it is built upon the word of God, and I think by the way, to make it really practical.

I think you can extrapolate that principle and apply it to the various areas of your life. The stability of each part of your life depends on how well it is founded upon the word of God. What part of your life is right now most vulnerable to the enemy. Maybe you're sensitive right now he's tapping on that it is not anchored in God's word.

It might be retirement. It's not anchored in the God's word. I'm raising four children. I would do my best to teach and anchor every part of their lives in the word of God.

That is one of my greatest passions at this church for you parents is that you would take responsibility to teach your kids the Bible course of Moses is promising in this chapter is more than just the ability as of the Bible was the best how-to book there is on how to build a life out of you know, whatever you have a good marriage is not, you talk about the blessing and cursing of God. He saying that your relationship to the Bible will determine the blessing or cursing of God in your life in general. 29.

One chapter back. He's even clear. Listen to this territory.

Numbers 19. Beware lest there be one who, when he hears the words of this one covenant blesses himself in his heart you're setting blessed by God will bless yourself that I'll be safe, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart.

This is nothing you want to say nothing and went to the Bible that well, but I'll be okay. He's like I the Lord will not be willing to forgive you, but rather the anger of the Lord and his jealousy will smoke against that man and the curses written in this book will settle upon him and the Lord will blot out his name from under heaven. Do you realize how important this book is. This is not an idle word that the nerdier ones of you ought to learn to get into this is your life y'all when Satan attacked Jesus.

When Satan attacked Jesus. He quoted Scripture what your kids you come up with when Satan attacks them, but I can say L5 when Satan attacks them or they can come up with because he will and he is the only way you can confront allies to know the truth.

Many kids don't know the truth, they will buy into the lie, here's my point is not your understanding of how important God's word is that helps you or your kids.

It's what you do with that understanding is whether you learned it's whether you obey it. Obedience to the word brings the blessing and cursing of God and if you want the blessing and cursing of God in you, your marriage or family or anything that involves you will make sure that it is grounded in God's word. Moses says never to read the Bible because God has not hidden what he wants us to know God is not hidden what he wants us to know Moses says in verse 11. This commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you. Neither is it far off. She a lot of people feel like they can't possibly hope to understand the Bible are so many interpretations of her that before but Moses says listen to again.

This commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you.

Neither is it far off.

It's not in heaven that you should say go to heaven and bring it down to us. We may hear and do another words, the meaning is not so mysterious and so lofty that you can't possibly hope to grasp it, unless you have a PhD in your super brilliant verse 13. Neither is it beyond the sea used to save over the sea and bring it to us. We may hear do it. In other words, it's not so culturally foreign to you that you can't possibly hope to know the meaning of the word is near you. It's in your mouth.

It's in your heart so that you can do it. It's right there, it's accessible it's ready for you to grasp and obey. And by the way. Note that when Moses says that he's not talking over the seminary professors is not talking to a group of people who have your goal going to Bible college, talking ordinary people he's talking to teenagers when he says that you see. I've heard some say the Bible is so mysterious.

We can't possibly hope to be certain about its meaning got written several books of years ago and Brian McLaren who says it. Whatever you say you're sure about some of the Bible teaches that the side of pride and arrogance that really what you ought to do is be humble enough say I only know what it means and that sounds humble. Yeah, we should be humble about our interpretations. But that's not how the Bible describes itself, and if I'm always looking to God say I got no idea what you're saying.

That may sound humble but is actually an insult to God to be frustrating you if I did that when you every time he sets up and I'm like you know what you mean, you really can't tell you listen to the words coming out of my mouth. That's what God say I made a play you're not humble when you do that it's arrogant to tell God that you know how to communicate.

The Bible is clear what you need to know is clear the core essential elements are accessible and there accessible to common people, Jesus was asked a lot of questions during his earthly ministry. I've read all of them and not one time he was asked for these questions that he ever say not understand & your computers on that issue. The Old Testament is just so unclear on that though. His response was always having to read at least six times in the midst of an argument. Jesus said to his opponents. Have you not read, suggesting that they had just known the Scriptures better they would not be misted making the mistake of their making. What you need to know.

He says, is in the Scriptures, then you're responsible to know what's in there and you're responsible to know what it means is you. The problem is not that there are parts of the Bible you can't understand the promise that you won't heed and obey the parts that you do understand. By the way, let me tell you little secret when you will obey what is clear, the more more the Bible becomes unclear because you begin to walk in darkness, the darkness is not of the Bible. The darkness is in you my twice the Bible twice. Moses has told us now in the first two points read the Bible is 1/3 point. Don't just read the Bible and fell to the person within the Bible is read the Bible account of the person within the Bible right at the end of his sermon, Moses's language takes a surprising turn. Listen to verse 19. Today I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live loving the Lord your God, obey his voice, and holding fast watch this holding fast to him, for he is your life. Now here is why I say that is a surprising twist. Up until this point for 30 chapters. Moses has consistently said obedience to the word will be our life, and then here almost inexplicably, he suddenly switches to say God is our life, you see that it had sailed fast to his word is hold fast to him. So which is it. Is it obedience to God's word, that is our life, or is it God himself. That is our life, you say well I don't quite understand the distinction is gaining spiritual life, disdaining real life and God's blessing does it depend on how well you obey the words of this book that's the question and it is a trick question. In one sense, yes, that's exactly what he said life comes by anchoring your life into God's word but here is the dilemma. Do any of us truly keep God's word sufficiently to lay hold of this life and blessing. David would say that if you mark iniquities who could stand. Paul would say we've all together become unprofitable. There is none righteous, not even one, there is none who seeks God.

All have sin.

Romans 323 and all have fallen short of the glory of God. None of us obey sufficiently to gain life and blessing.

So as Moses comes to the very conclusion of his sermon, he starts to point to something else. He points beyond obedience to a hope that is greater than our ability to obey and that hope is God himself who will become to us life and salvation. Read have your mind blown. Paul takes his passage and do something amazing with a watch is Romans 10 Bob and him and Paul's expiration of the gospel. Roman sin for Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law that the person who does the commandment shall live by them. Are you quoting Deuteronomy 30 but the righteousness based on faith says don't say in your heart you will ascend into heaven, that is bring Christ down who will descend into the abyss that is a bring Christ up from the dead.

But what is it say the word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart that is the word of faith that we proclaim.

So he saying is the ultimate fulfillment of this word is not something were to do for God. It's of an adoption to give to us that if you will confess with your mouth that Jesus will one that came down as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead as a substitute for our sin and you will be safe. It is with the heart man believes unto righteousness. Not that we obey in righteousness what we believe and we receive it with the mouth confession is made to salvation for whoever believes in him will never be put to shame. One is not an experience.

Shame is not the one who obey sufficiently conduct none of us one will not report the same as the one who hopes a God who will become righteousness to us. That word brings life and blessing if embodied in the word of the gospel. The gospel that declares that Christ has come to us that he became our righteousness in our life and offered himself to us received as a gift to that's what the gospel is the gospel is not that you obey sufficiently that one day God let you and have a base in your obedience to the gospel is that Jesus Christ came to live like you could not live in and die the death in your place. You been condemned to die soon if you would receive it by grace you would be given the righteousness of God to the primary purpose of the Scriptures listen to this is to present Jesus.

The primary purpose of the Scriptures not to give you a list of assignments is to tell you about the grace and salvation that you can receive and by which you can be restored to God.

Scripture is not primarily a list of past about what he wants you do for him. It's the glorious good news about what he's done for you is not marching orders about what we are supposed to do if an offer to be restored to relationship to God the finished work of Christ. We often say the Bible is not good advice. The Bible is good news and there's a big difference in those two. Most Christians you see most American Christians struggle to read the Bible because they see it like an assignment.

Yet another thing that you gotta do, put on a checklist to earn God's favor when you do that there's things always become treachery, they start to feel monotonous like these religious ritual that I do this for the gotta be happy with me, but it's not how the Bible is the story of God's love for you probably reached out himself to save you and when you begin to read it that way. It it starts to look totally different.

The primary purpose of the Scriptures listen is not to give you a how-to manual for different parts of your life. That's a lot of you approach the Bible we struggled understanding is you like my one hope your five ways to get all of my knowing I was well located on three ways to think about the pain in my life I wanted 10 things I gotta do to get ready for retirement. Where's that chapter but then you get into the Bible you find a genealogy for a list of sacrifices or the dimensions of the temple are quite happy that this court was a long middle how high it was, you know that means. On page after page of the histories of people whose lives are of dubious moral character and who often have very little in common with you or your time so you thought your hands in desperation and you safe. What does this have to do with my life. Listen as Michael Reeves but when you see that Christ is the subject of all the Scriptures that he is the word the Lord, the son who reveals the father the promised hope the true temple.

The true sacrifice. The great high priest. The ultimate King then you can read not too much, asking what does this mean for me right now, but what do I learn here of Jesus, knowing that the Bible is about him and not about me means that instead of reading the Bible, obsessing about me. I can gaze on him and as to the pages you get caught up in the wonder of his story. You find your heart strangely pounding for him in a way you never would have if he treated the Bible is a book all about you see the Bible will give you a lot of practical instructions on marriage, it would be a lot practical instruction on child raising and out of think about your vocation is what we teach up in here 52 weeks out of the year, but the main way of life and peace is not about figuring out the secrets of the abundant life is the abundant life lesson is not something Jesus explains the you had to do the abundant life is Jesus himself.

That's what he said. John, 73, I am the abundant life. This is the amount of life to know me. Some of you come to the Bible, looking for the secret to an abundant marriage and abundant family and abundant vocation.

Jesus says I am the abundant life. And if you know me in your life becomes abundant, not because these things all become perfect because you know me, you find my knowing me morning. Five steps to a good marriage is not a do you nearly as much good as learning about the 10,000 steps that Jesus took toward you.

When he came to rescue you with the cross because when you learn that and you believe that that will break your pride in your selfishness and it will make you a gracious person is the primary problem in your marriage anyway.

Is that your proud, selfish person to not learn about things to do better in your marriage affecting the change in its when that pride and that selfishness has been broken and that's not following five steps to how to be a better husband thought about the 10 billion steps Jesus took when he came to rescue you, feeling the weight of God's love for you is what will fill that gaping chasm in your heart is what's going to take away your anger, not because it gives you three ways to cope with your anger, but because it makes it so that what happens at your job or with your friends or with your health or in your marriage. It's just not that devastating to you because you have something greater than health and a good job and even a good marriage and that is fellowship with the Almighty God who calls you son or daughter or friend that is the abundant life. So when you read the Bible you gonna read it the right way, don't read it to gain favor with God is of God to look on you more favorably.

Could you read it this morning.

Jesus has made you fully acceptable on the cross. Nothing you can do to add to that God is not going. Oh yeah, Jesus died for that person shed his blood work with it and the rather Bible this morning I'm feeling good about that person, you can add to that you are complete in Christ right jewelry to gain favor with God. Don't read it as a book of how to use for your life.

Read it primarily as a presentation of a glorious Savior to get to know page after page of declarations of the father's love for you the marvelous way he came to earth to take away your condemnation by living the life you were supposed to live dying in your place and restoring beautiful fellowship with God. I've heard the Bible describe for like one of those magic I puzzles. She knows we stare at them for like 15 to 20 minutes and as much people around his big mass of dots in a vice claimant to see the man that you know in the Dotson unit line about your ability to see it even though you can't really see it and then later you come back when nobody's there stare for about 30 minutes, or maybe until amount story but you stare at it for a long time else and that man comes out of those document this make another.and then you can't look at that picture and not see the man is no longer a meaningless morass of dots. It is a man that is in that picture that's what reading the Bible is like. It suddenly goes from being up a collection of details and genealogies and stories to be in the presentation of Christ. And when that happens, you'll never read at the same CS Lewis said that when his wife was radically transformed was when he said he said if it was like I was reading the Bible, staring to a people and suddenly having somebody stare back at me now staring to people was creepy enough as it is having somebody stare back to you is really really creepy express creepy experiencing in the Bible, the living, moving son of God. That's why Lewis said don't just read the Bible, you gotta let the Bible review, which is why I will tell you, you gotta read it every day because the word of God. When you read it the spirit of God takes it and makes it personal to you what promiscuity, what warning do you need that's why you can't just depend on me to explain it to you why because I got 3 to 9000 people every weekend.

I cannot always tailor the Bible to your situation to you, going about writing in and out of the office early today or maybe there's 8909 on other people that it appears on the massages you so that you should be so narcissistic and self-centered and not depend on me to spoonfeed you what God wants you to know there are some times that I might preach as you arrive for your situation, but the majority of what God says to you, should come as the spirit of God takes the word of God as you get the Bible open in the morning or at night and he is speaking those words to you see it's not me. I can do what you gotta do it. Throw me a sermon hog directed them to correct the wrong analogy that I heard over the years, one that I've used. Read the Bible like a love letter that was the wrong analogy of her data views that he hears a problem with that analogy letter come from far away. The person sends it to you because they're not with you that is not how the Bible talks about itself.

This is not a far-off God who sent in a some instructions.

Jesus said these words are spirit and they are life as you read them you commune with.

I will make them personal to you. This is no letter this is me and my word speaking to you to let me bring this to a conclusion I leave you with two things in this two things at least are impressed upon my heart. One is a choice. One is a choice you have a clear choice between life and death to make this any plainer if you grounded your life if you grounded your family and the word of God. You and your family will live. If you do not think you will die. You gotta make that choice and you better act on that choice for rent through his word will change your life. Encouraging Word here on Senate life with pastor JD Greer to hear this message again or to download the transcript for further study visit JD pastor JD. Many people have a desire to know God.

But what I hear most of that. They just know where to begin.

So what should they do. Yeah I'm on that a lot as a pastor, especially people knew church there is, like me, know God like out of a person, no God. I think it's a deep desire of every person to question people have is what he what you start with that. You just put the Bible down start reading it cover to cover and people of questions like these hundreds of others and so we created a resource called start foundations of the Christian faith used here in the church is a fun interactive experience. Knowing God, Beverly can help show you knowing what the basics are, but how to launch out from those basics to a lifelong journey of going deeper and deeper into the well of God's majesty and his love well that what you get in you feel like there's no way to ever get to the bottom.

And that's a good thing. I would love to have your partnership here at Summit life. It really does give us the ability to impact this ministry to people that are in great need of hearing clear gospel truth so we can pick and save the lives even those of us have been Christians for now can get stuck in that category myself to let me suggest again.

I start foundations of the Christian faith. When you donate today to support Street $25, 866-335-2866 335 by donating online JD Greer.Emily minutes or so glad to have Shirley join us tomorrow. We will continue our study on the basics and Wednesday night

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