At Cornerstone, we believe the Bible is the foundation for our walk with the Lord. This is why in worship every week the service is filled to the brim with the truth of God’s Word. Whether reading, preaching, singing, or praying we want the truth of the Bible to wash over and into you, and by the power of the Spirit, to have a transformative impact on your heart and life (Ephesians 5:26-27).
As central and necessary our weekly Bible intake is in corporate worship, one feeding a week is simply not enough. In the same way that one meal a week cannot meet your physical needs, one meal on God’s Word a week cannot meet your spiritual needs. This is why over and over in the Bible God calls His people to daily feedings on Scripture (Psalm 1:1-2, Joshua 1:8), and why Jesus says we cannot expect to survive spiritually if we’re not regularly consuming every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4).
If we took an honest look at our patterns of Bible intake, many of us would likely find that our souls are suffering from spiritual malnutrition. Just as our stomach growls when we’re hungry, our soul growls for the solid food of God’s Word (Job 23:12). Sadly, instead of turning to the pure milk of the Word (1 Peter 2:2) we’ll snack on the many words of the world. Some sustenance can certainly be found on Christian blogs and books and through conversations with Christian friends, but no matter how tasty the instruction, their words are only supplemental. Man’s words can never be a meal replacement for the Word of God.
Now, many of you are already thinking about losing those five to ten pounds you’ll pick up between Thanksgiving and Christmas. As a fellow in need of some trimming, I will likely join you in that noble endeavor as soon as the calendar strikes January. But as we make plans to pursue physical health, let’s remember that godliness has value in all things, holding promise for now and eternity (1 Timothy 4:8). Sure, cut out the carbs and go easy on the sugar in January, but don’t ever push back from the table of God’s Word. Instead, let’s commit to glut ourselves with the Word of God this year. In fact, let’s do it together.
I’d like to invite you to accept the big hairy challenge of reading through the whole Bible over the next two years. You heard that right—two years! (And no, I’ve not lost my mind.) Complete with short readings and “catch up days,” the two-year read through the Bible plan is a doable goal for the Bible reading beginner while still being hefty enough for the Bible reading pro.
Don’t believe me? Ask yourself this question, “Do I have 8-10 minutes a day to let God speak into my life?” That’s right, just 8-10 minutes a day! I figure since most of us will be spending less time at the dining room table starting in January, we can spend those few extra moments feasting on God’s Word. Slimmer bodies, fatter souls! Sounds like a winning plan to me.
Please take time this week to prayerfully consider joining the Cornerstone family in reading through the Bible in 2016-2017. The church staff has prepared FREE Bible reading and prayer booklets for you to take home. You will find them at both entrances today at worship! In addition to this, we’re also busily working on an update to our Cornerstone App so you can access the reading plan that way as well. It will be available by January 1!
I’m excited to see how God will work in our lives as we strive to be a community at table with God’s Holy Word.