For the Bible Tells Me So
Similar to our context, Ezra the scribe lived in a time when the Word of God had been neglected. How are we to reorient our lives to what the Bible teaches?
- Karl Barth’s greatest theological truth: Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.
- Our prayer is that we can get the Word off of our shelves and into our lives.
EZRA’S CONTEXT (EZRA 7:1-9)
Ezra’s example shows us:
- How to prioritize the Word of God when it is difficult to study
- How to stay faithful to the Word of God when the culture is antagonistic to its truth
- How to share the Word of God when God’s people have become biblically illiterate
EZRA’S PRACTICE (EZRA 7:10)
- #1: Devote – The Bible will benefit you only as much as you treasure it.
- #2: Study – To grow more in Christ, you must know more of Christ.
- #3: Apply – Studying the Bible is not meant to make you more liked by Jesus but to make you more like Jesus.
- #4: Teach – Much of our biblical illiteracy problem comes from the fact we have received truth that we have neglected to share with others.
John Bunyan once said: This Book will keep me from sin or sin will keep me from this Book.
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Distinctive Discipleship. He is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. Travis graduated from North Greenville University with a B.A. in Christian Studies and earned his M.Div. and D.Min. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, with his doctoral focus on family discipleship.