I started to blog last week about our revised purpose statement which reads “Making Disciples, Teaching God’s Work, Glorifying God”. The second part of that purpose statement is “Teaching God’s Word”. In this day of powerful mass media influences and high tech worship, I believe the Word of God is still the foundation and pillar of truth that can sustain us through these difficult days. Paul’s closing challenge to Timothy in 2 Timothy reads “Preach the Word, be instant in season and out of season, reprove, rebuke and exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine”, (4:2, KJ). This idea of being “instant” or being “ready” reminds us that we are never to forsake the foundation of the written Word (the Bible) or the living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. At New Durham Chapel we will continue to proceed with building on the truths of God’s Word. I believe that God’s power is unleashed when His Word is presented in a clear and accurate fashion.
Interestingly, the longest chapter in the Holy Scriptures is found in the book of Psalms (119) and it is all about the Word of God. Don’t miss that fact. Whatever the culture setting, it’s all about the power of God and the sufficiency of God released through the presentation of the Word of God. There is a temptation in these days of media bombardment to use entertainment and other means to attract a crowd and build a church. But I believe the only sure foundation for the church of Jesus Christ is the Spirit-anointed preaching of the Word of God. We must build on the foundation of the living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the written Word which is the Holy Bible. You can receive all kinds of text messages these days but don’t forget that the most important text you can ever receive is the biblical text. It truly is a “text message” from heaven. God has spoken in His Word, are we listening?
So let us make sure we are building on the sure foundation of God’s Word. Let us take time daily to sit at Jesus’ feet and be instructed in God’s grace and God’s ways. To God be the glory.
All for Christ,