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Grounded

by on November 9, 2017

Every person has values.  Every person has a list of things, people, and places that are valuable to them.  For each of us, these values inform the purpose of our life.  Our mission is to live up to, fulfill, and promote our values, those things which we find important.  The values at Berean Bible Church are what we use to define our mission.  These values are (1) Grounded in God’s Word, (2) Focused on Christ, and (3) Sharing God’s Love.  Let me share a little about the first value.

Grounded in God’s Word.

One of the most meaningful passages of scripture to me is found in 1 Peter 1.  Here, the apostle is encouraging the readers to pursue holiness (v. 15) and put their hope in God (v. 13, 21).  Unlike their previous lives, which were marked by emptiness (v. 18), their new lives are characterized by eternal, imperishable life (v. 23).  We would be foolish to miss that this new life in Christ is channeled by the Word of God.  Peter quotes Isaiah 40 when he writes,

“All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.”

He then says, “And this is the word that was preached to you.”  Peter is saying that it is only because of the WORD OF GOD that the believers can receive this new life.  If the Word of God is not preached to someone, how can they be saved by faith in Jesus?  Rather than the old life, which was wasting away and destined for destruction, this new life, on account of the sharing of GOD’S WORD, is enduring and will last forever!

That, my friends, is how important the Word of God is.

It changes us.  It transforms our perspective on life, the world, others, God, and ourselves.  It challenges our preconceived notions of what is valuable and worthy.  It cuts through every motive, excuse, and belief that we have.  It reveals whether those motives, excuses, and beliefs are built on reality or built on lies.  It is important to note that the Word does not do this on its own.  The Holy Spirit, which lives in every believer, is the one who makes this happen.

I don’t know about you, but I always need to be humbled, broken, and cut by the sword of God’s Word.

It reveals just how grounded I am in reality.  In the truth.

I want to be grounded in God’s Word like a tree is grounded in the soil.

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”

Ground yourself deep into God’s Word.

 

 

Check out Berean’s website at www.berean-shoreline.org or email the office at office@berean-shoreline.org for info on how to engage in God’s Word through our Bible Reading Plans.

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