One of the strongest emphases we place in this ministry is RETURNING TO THE SCRIPTURES. Some may say that the Church today uses the Bible all the time. Why make a point of “returning” to it when that is the central textbook of most churches? I want to answer this question by pointing to the difficulties Jesus faced in His ministry for just three and a half years.
“Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” (Matthew 21:42, quoted from Psalm 118:22-23, also recorded in Mark 12:10-11). Jesus was speaking to the chief priests and elders of the people, the top religious leaders of the day. They of all the people should have known the Old Testament. Because they only had a mental knowledge of Scripture and had never applied it to themselves, their spiritual eyes were blind to what God was doing in their day; right before their eyes.
Perhaps most today are like them; reading the Bible, but that is as far as it goes. Our yearning in this ministry is to awaken your conscience by RETURNING TO SCRIPTURE and examining the difference between what God was doing and saying in the Early Church and asking why that is not happening today. Many have said, ‘things are different today.’ Let me ask you; has God changed? Is the power of the Spirit different today than it was at the beginning of the Church? What has changed? Do we NOT want to see God work today as He did then?
I believe that most of the problems with our day is that most are not reading Scripture and not observing what happened then, meditating on what happened, asking questions of each other as to why we are not seeing the same thing today, and then determining to make a change starting with our own lives. WHAT ARE YOU READING, MEDITATING ON, AND ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT? If it is the Word of God, you must start making changes or resist the Holy Spirit (Act 7:51).
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