Happy New Year! New Year…New Blog…..Faith-Filled Fridays
Welcome to our first Faith-Filled Friday of 2016! As we say good-bye to Debbie Croley and all her infinite wisdom, we welcome our new Faith-Filled Friday blogger, Jennifer Wyatt, a certified Christian life coach…and friend, too! Grab your coffee and your strand of faith and let’s go tie some knots together!
Every year I read the Old Testament in its entirety and the New Testament twice. I’m not telling you this to brag but as a simple testimony to what God has called me to do. My Pastor encourages us to read the Bible in context and not rely on interpretation of single-stated scriptures. We use the Life Journal method, though there are many others. [I’ve added the link so you can learn about this method!]
What I have found is that I am beginning to store a wealth of scriptures inside of me that bubble out when needed most. Timothy stated it best.
“But don’t let it phase 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.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
To start of the New Year I thought I would outline 10 compelling reasons why we should read the Bible cover to cover this year:
- The Word of God Shows us God’s character. The Bible is our definitive source for the answers to our questions about God (Hebrews 1:1-3).
- The Bible teaches us to imitate God (Ephesians 5:1).
- The Bible helps us discover our next step (Psalm 119:105).
- The Bible helps us to steer clear from sin (Psalm 119:11).
- The Bible helps to renew our minds; a renewed mind is able to discern God’s will (Romans 12:1-2).
- The Bible helps us to be certain of what God is saying when we need answers. The Bible is our final authority (John 17:17).
- The Bible allows us to receive the desires of our heart (John 15:7).
- The Bible is how we learn about the gospel and the love of Christ (John 5:39-40).
- The Bible’s true stories inspire us and give us courage (Joshua 1:8-9).
- The Bible helps us to produce good works and be ffruitful (Psalm 1:2-3).
Join me this year in a faith-filled journey as I share how my faith, and your faith can be strengthened by reading the word.