Last night at Oak Grove we discussed having a bible reading plan. Not just a plan for 2018, but a plan to consistently read the bible throughout our lives. An important aspect of any bible reading plan is 1 Peter 2:1-3.
1: “Therefore laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking,”
So much of what preoccupies our time can be described in these terms.
2: “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,”
Instead of feeding on the filth the world has to offer, desire that which helps us grow closer to God. Without this desire we will not be steadfast in our reading and rather than growing we will certainly shrink back toward the world.
3: “if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”
The desire will be created when we taste what the Lord has given us. Throughout the scriptures and as a whole the bible reveals the grace of the Lord. Make a commitment to reading and discover His grace for yourself – you may be surprised by what you find. Some passages / books may be difficult at first but keep reading – not to complete a yearly bible reading plan, but to be strengthened in your walk with God.
If you would like a schedule to help you read through the bible in 2018 click the One Year Bible Reading Plan banner at the top of the page.
An often repeated story, found in scripture, is one of great success followed by great failure. David, Solomon, Elijah, and Peter all serve as examples for us to beware that victory attracts Satan’s attention. These men all stumbled after (some immediately after) experiencing a spiritual high point in their life. Most likely, everyone reading this (as well as this writer) has experienced the same thing. Borrowing the theme from Billy’s lessons last week – How can we overcome this tendency? Continue reading
Our meeting with Billy is now fully underway. Sunday we were blessed with three great lessons from God’s word, with another added Monday evening, all of them intended to help us overcome things that have shipwrecked the faith of many.
Sunday morning during our regular class time brother Randolph taught on the importance of being present. When we are absent we miss out on so many blessings regardless of why we are absent. With strength that comes from God and encouragement from one another we can overcome the habit of being absent.
Perhaps my favorite lesson was Overcoming Worldliness, presented Sunday evening. When we got in the van to come home, the kids were talking about their favorite points made in the lesson. Satan is cunning, and if we are not careful he will have us wrapped up in this world so tight that our faith is choked out. This is what Jesus warned about it Matthew 13:22. Here are the three applications Billy made in conclusion to help us overcome the sin of worldliness:
– Be humble enough to change
– Be diligent in service
– Live like Christ will return
Take the time to listen carefully to these lessons, as well as the others that are posted, so that together we can overcome the things that would keep us from our God!
If you are in the area, come and be with us during the remaining assemblies; if you want to find encouragement from God’s word you will not be disappointed.