Jesus was intimately connected to Scripture. He relied upon it in times of spiritual struggle, used it to respond to doubters, found a vision for ministry in it, and taught it to his Disciples. Knowing and loving the Scriptures is a primary way that we become acquainted with God’s will and ways, with Jesus the Word of God, and with the story of the people of God.
Intentional Faith Development means not only reading and studying Scripture, but continually coming to a deeper understanding of their meaning and how to put their truth into practice.
Reading Scripture for Christian growth means engaging both your mind and heart while you read or study.
Engage your mind- How literate are your church members in the Bible?
Engage your heart- Does the Bible transform your church’s heart, beliefs, and actions?
Knowing and Loving Scripture can happen in a variety of settings, but is most effective when rooted in relationship with God and others.
“Too often church education programs tell us a great deal about God without bringing us into relationship with Him. In other words, faith information adds to our pool of knowledge about God; faith formation reshapes our heart to receive God’s love more fully.” –Syd Hielma in Shaped by God: 12 Essentials for Nurturing Faith
We get a snipet of the Bible in a sermon once a month or in a morning devotional; or hear a sound-byte of scripture on the radio. However, these small doses are like a drop in the bucket of God’s vast wisdom contained in Scripture. Christians need deeper knowledge, more careful reading, honest dialogue, and sincere wrestling with Scripture to grow more like Christ.