Sunday, October 3, 2010

Pentecost 19 (Proper 22)

Step 4 of Following Jesus (sermon series theme): Following in the Word. Today's readings: Psalm 119:105-112, Romans 10:14-17 (sermon text), and John 17:13-21.

In your devotional life, walk through the New Testament, watching Christ work. Matthew 4 - after fasting, He uses Scripture to rebuke the twister, Satan. Luke 4 - while reading a prophecy in the synagogue, He makes clear that the Word is about the Word! He speaks with authority! Emmaus - He walks with the disciples while showing what the Old Testament has to say about Himself. Scripture is fit for convicting, healing, rebuking, and giving peace.

But don't merely spectate! Dig into it yourself. Examples that show how Scripture guides the study of itself:
  • Hebrews 11 - the topic is faith, and the goal is to fortify you in the faith. Herein are introductions of brothers and sisters in the faith. Their witness is permanent, from Genesis till after Revelation.
  • Galatians 3:15 - Christ was promised through the entire Old Testament! See Abraham in a new light.
  • Matthew 1 - the saint's goal is to show you Christ, building on Old Testament history. The genealogy shows our forefathers in the faith - know them, know Scripture thoroughly. Fill in gaps while helping others in their walk to do so.
  • John 17 (Gospel text) - we will be protected / sanctified / sent by God, the Word made flesh to dwell among us.

Soli Deo gloria.

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