1. Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How: Inductive Bible Study~ Following The Most Logical Conclusion I.
December 19, 2017
Christ Is Our Peace
This is this first of a series of blogs designed to turn Christians into disciples (or students) of Christ and not of mere men. For several years now, The Holy Spirit has dealt with me about two things, and they effect all of us who name the name of Christ. For this blogger, the first thing provides a cure for the second, which is “How To Study Your Bible”. The problem second is “Doctrines That Divide”. They both are like a disease, which has manifest themselves in two ways.
Denominations (1st Cor. 3:3)
Traditions of men (Matt. 15:1-9)
I have studied for an extended period along the line of these two issues within The Body of Christ. I’m frustrated and bewildered because when bringing these subjects up to church leaders and members, their solutions usually boil down to just ignore it and let God deal with it when we get to heaven. However, our LORD Jesus said we take His burden upon ourselves (Matt. 11:28-30). He also said we should rest from our labors and His Spirit would work through us right now, while we are still on planet earth. In addition, according to The LORD’S prayer in John 17 the will of The Godhead is that “they (we) are not of the world, even as I (Jesus) am not of the world” (vs. 14, 16, 20). He also prayed for unity or oneness in His Body while we are still in this world (v. 15, 21).
Our LORD prayed this prayer somewhere in the neighborhood of two thousand years ago. However, religious leaders then and now have been like the resistance against this prayer because “we are yet carnal” (1st Cor. 3:3). Christ has assigned many like-minded individuals in His Body to prophesy against problems such as these. As parts of The Body of Christ we all have parts to play as we fulfill the work of the ministry:
Eph. 4: 11 “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;”.
I know how uncomfortable Christians get when someone brings this to our attention. I have seen the looks in the eyes of some of my closest friends when I mention the walls we have built between us, The Church as a whole, while the world laughs at the disharmony we created. Martin Luther King Jr. once said:
“Sunday morning from 11am to 12pm is the most segregated time in this country, because everyone who calls themselves Christians all go to different churches; Lutherans, Methodists, Baptist, Presbyterians, etc. And are all reading the KJV, but are all interpreting scripture differently.”
And therein lies the rub, we all are interpreting scripture differently and our leaders…much like the religious leaders of Jesus day have an attitude of indifference when it comes to matters such as these.
Well I am standing against this attitude of indifference and apathy. Within the framework of the subject at hand, we will be taking a very close look at HOW TO STUDY YOUR BIBLE. Mind you, I do not intend to do this alone because God is at work in me doing His good will and pleasure (Phi. 2:13). I know there are others to whom The Holy Spirit has spoken to about the same things. Therefore, I need your comments and advice to these blogs in the comment section provided by WordPress. This is huge, not a Donald Trump huge, but Jesus Christ huge. Let’s do this! To be continued…