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Written by Administrator   
Friday, 01 May 2015

Should we approach the Word of God as a student desiring to learn, to teach, to impact lives, or should we come as lovers of God desiring to encounter the Lord? Let's take a look at this question:

 

As I travel this great land of ours teaching and preaching the good news of the Bridal paradigm of the Kingdom of God (the apostolic message that Holy Spirit is emphasizing to the Bride in this hour), I assist believers and leaders by equipping them to be able to inductively study the Word of God for themselves (if I can help someone not need me, then I win!). Did you know that it is estimated that up to as high as 90% of all sermons and Bible studies that are taught in the American church are out of kilter with the context and meaning of the texts used in them? That means I will not be retiring anytime soon! J

In corporate Q&A sessions and in private conversations (especially with church leaders), I am regularly queried concerning whether or not daily devotional Bible study is necessary; and usually as a follow-up, which is more expedient; Devotional Bible study or studying with a focus on preparation for teaching and preaching? What we don’t want to do when examining this vital discussion is allowing the dialogue to spiral down into a right/wrong/us/them mentality. It is often human nature, as students of the Word to get trapped in the mindset of defending our own personal serious opinions, isn’t it? So, what is the answer?

First, it is important to remember that everyone is wired differently than anyone else in the Body of Christ. Yes, we are more alike than we are different (which is why we can offer many “universal” remedies to many of life’s issues and challenges), but we must also recognize that legitimate differences exist and must be taken into account. God doesn’t do cookie-cutter Christians. Since we are all different, maybe, just maybe, we shouldn’t demand that everyone do everything in the same manner.

I know several believers that love Jesus (God – the same thing) and are excellent students of the Word, who reads from 10-40 chapters of the Bible every day (and I do mean every day). Are they the model, the standard for the rest of the Body to emulate? Personally, I average pray-reading 10 or so chapters a day (and have for almost 10 years) – and that works for me – but is that the standard that needs to be imposed on all others in all circumstances?

I recently was asked to meet with several high level church leaders concerning how they could transition their churches/ministries into a Kairos ministry. In the midst of the meeting the conversation shifted to the question which would be more important (and beneficial) when making disciples, to teach them to read large amounts of Scripture (say 10-40 chapters a day!) or “seriously” study only a few chapters (say 1-5 chapters)? As we discussed the various options they were surprised to hear me say, “Well, that all depends”. As we discussed earlier, we are all different.

Yes, most definitely, we should “all” be reading pericopes, chapters and even whole books in our study in order to attain the “big picture” of what God is doing and saying, and yes, we should “all” be studying chapters in depth in order to grasp and understand the “meat and tators” details of the book. You see, it isn’t really an “either or” question.

I have friends who “love” reading daily devotionals. They feel like the day was spent in vain if they haven’t spent their “daily time” in achieving an emotional response to the Word. They need that emotional release encountering the truth that God loves them, and then in turn expressing to God how much they love Him. I get it! My ministry is entitled Passion for Jesus Ministries – so yeah, I am all for that. But I also know that for many believers, the emotional side, while it is always present, isn’t always the center focus. Again, I get it.

Do you remember in 1 Chronicles 17:1-15 where King David (the man after God’s own heart) desired to build a temple for the Lord? So David inquires of Nathan the prophet. Parenthetically, have you noticed how Prophets tend to lean heavily toward being obedience oriented? They tend to be yes or no, no nonsense sort of people. Well, Nathan says “yes”, go ahead and build the temple. But then the next day, Nathan comes back to David and says “no, you can’t build it”. The point? Bible study is chock full of prophets saying do this and don’t do that. Nathan appeals to a lot of us – “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15). This sort of “yes” or “no” answer would appeal to those who don’t always feel the need for warm devotionals, because they study the Word and are t-totally content with Bible study and lesson/sermon preparation. But again, not everyone is like that.

The Lord is raising up a generation who are like King David, they long for passionate, emotional, and meditative times with God and His Word. For an example, read David’s response to Nathan in 1 Chronicles 17:16-27, it is an example of whole-hearted emotional praise and worship to His (and our) God. Remember, David was an avid student of God’s Word (did you know there are more verses about David’s life in the Bible than there are about Jesus’?) as well as being a student of the emotions of God (which is what is meant by being a person after God’s heart). Heck, David not only studied the Bible, he also wrote a majority of the largest book in the Bible – the Book of Psalms!

So long story short, the answer to the question is not one or the other, but both/and. Study to be equipped to teach, preach and impact lives, but while you are doing it – keep the heart of a lover. Amen.