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Approach Bible Study Humbly, or You’re Wasting You’re Time

“Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:21-22

 James’ instructing readers to “humbly accept the word planted in them” leads me to this question: what danger does a person face if they lack humility in their approach to the word of God?

Ever hear someone say something like this: “I know the Bible says that, but that’s not really what it means,” or “I know the Bible says that, but that was just for those people back then. God doesn’t see things that way today – culture is different.”

What’s behind statements like these?

To be very blunt: pride & stupidity.

I understand that not everyone is going to agree on every obscure point of Christian doctrine (and I’m not referring to those), but the Bible makes some things very clear.

“No, God. You’re wrong – I’m right. I’ll study Your book, and I’ll find the moral principles I agree with and live by them, but if You step on my toes or say something I disagree with, I’m going to make up my own interpretation of reality … even if it completely contradicts what You say.”

Leaders, have you ever encountered this person? No matter what’s shown to them in Scripture – no matter how clear it is – they find some way to shoot it down or rationalize their way around it all the while claiming to believe the Bible is the word of God … what a joke that is.

NOTE: I realize this post is one big whine. It’s been sitting in my draft bin for a while and I thought I’d share it tonight. I wrote this one day after dealing with a particularly frustrating person.

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Pride – We Are Always the Last to Know!

Here’s an excerpt from The Fuel and the Flame – a gift from my friends Jim & Anne Bevis (whom I previously told you about here). 

I’m in the midst of reading through this and other works as part of ongoing research for a guidebook on church-based campus ministry I’m helping to write.

Check it out:

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Pride – We Are Always the Last to Know

p. 42 of The Fuel and the Flame: 10 Keys to Ignite Your College Campus for Jesus Christ, by Steve Shadrach.

“The marks of pride are usually evident to everyone – except ourselves! It raises its ugly head in the forms of defensiveness, prayerlessness, comparison, and unteachability. We need to ask ourselves this question: Can I follow well? Most Christians are part of the “Loners for Christ” club and are against leadership unless, of course, they can be the leader! You might say, “Oh, I really don’t need any spiritual leadership over me. I’m being discipled by God.” Really? The reason Jesus was the greatest leader of all time was because He was the greatest follower of all time and “only did the things He saw and heard from the Father.” If the Son of God felt the need to humble Himself to spiritual authority, how much more should we?

“You’ll never become a great leader until you learn to be a great follower. If you don’t have someone discipling you, it’s probably because you don’t want anyone discipling you! If that’s true of you, why don’t you stop right now, turn to the Lord, and let Him search your heart for any pride or independence. Pray about which individual you could ask to encourage, to disciple, and, yes, even rebuke you when neccessary. Become a humble, teachable disciple and someday God will honor you with young disciples who will seek you out in the same way. Rarely have I met anyone who was discipling others who hadn’t themselves first been discipled.”

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