Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 32: Hearers & Doers

Week 32 of Read the Bible in 2011 begins today. You can read the complete explanation of what I’m doing here.

Right now I want to share with you some thoughts I found this past week from Dan Phillips at Pyromaniacs. He has an incisive post, I disagree with Jesus. Read all of it—he has a great lede to this:

“If we read the Bible with our brains on, we all run into teachings and thoughts that initially hit us wrong, that offend us, that scandalize something in our customary way of thinking. The issue is: what do we do then?

“…well, old Adam may rise up and demand to have a word as if he were primus inter pares with God.

“This is where real-live, actual, gritty, street-level discipleship either happens, or begins to collapse. To a man, we Christians claim Jesus Christ as our Lord and Teacher. That being the case, we necessarily claim to believe that we have been entrusted with the Teacher’s Guide. This will have an impact on our thinking, when we come to these forks in the road.

“There are fundamentally two ways of handling such experiences, and only two:

  1. We change; or
  2. We try to change the Word.”

Here’s what Dan said a few days earlier:

“If God has spoken, and if we have those words,
that reality changes everything for us.”

Read the Bible, and ask God to teach you right now to trust Him and to obey Him.

“Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.

“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.

“But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.”
James 1:21–25


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Isaiah 42 Photograph: ChristianPhotos.net – Free High Resolution Photos for Christian Publications
Dan Phillips, I disagree with Jesus, Tersely Put: if God has Spoken….

Original content: Copyright ©2011 Iwana Carpenter

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