Yesterday at church Aaron Stern discussed week 3 in the Habit series. Week 3 was about scripture and digging into the Bible. Here are a few points that I found to be great. I will have to pray about these this week! To hear the full sermon or any other podcasts from Mill City Church, visit their podcast page.
“The Bible is not about reading a book to get more information but to change our lives.”
“The Bible is not primarily a book of rules to memorize and follow. It’s not a self-help book or a book of life principles.”
“The Bible is livable and is the text of living our lives, but don’t just read the Bible to ‘get God’ in YOUR life.”
“You should be drawn into God’s reality on HIS terms, not your terms.”
“The Bible is not primarily a book to be used but a story to be entered.”
The Habit series overall is not about just “stopping” bad habits but replacing them with good habits. Part of the Habit series talked about prayer, fasting, and now scripture. We NEED the Word of Christ in our lives daily, but how do we make it Habit?
Colossians 3:8-11 puts this is modern terms…
“5-8And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That’s a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God. It’s because of this kind of thing that God is about to explode in anger. It wasn’t long ago that you were doing all that stuff and not knowing any better. But you know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.
9-11 Don’t lie to one another. You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ.”
When reading the Bible, ask yourself, what does this passage show you about God? What part do you play in the story that you are reading?
2 Timothy 3:14-17 states, “But don’t let it faze you. Stick with what you learned and believed, sure of the integrity of your teachers—why, you took in the sacred Scriptures with your mother’s milk! There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.”
What tasks does God have for you?
PS Picture from before church on Sunday… just had to share!