Christian Living 

Why Do We Read Scripture?

It’s a good question and Andrew Wilson has a good answer. The question I was thinking about recently was this: Why do we read Scripture? What is it that we are trying to achieve as we do? What are the marks of reading it successfully (a horrible word in the context, but you know what I mean)? Here is one wrong answer, and five right ones. We do not read it to earn, instead we read it to learn, discern, turn, burn and yearn!

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The Spirit bears witness

I’ve recently been reading the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith and the first part deals with our understanding of the Holy Scriptures. It says, We may be moved and induced by the testimony of the church of God to an high and reverent esteem of the Holy Scriptures; and the heavenliness of the matter, the efficacy of the doctrine, and the majesty of the style, the consent of all the parts, the scope of the whole (which is to give all glory to God), the full discovery it makes of the…

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Joy and sorrow

Joy isn’t always an easy concept to grasp or differentiate from cousin happiness. A common struggle is the idea of finding joy in the midst of hardship as for many happiness is defined by the absence of hardship. Contemporary western culture is so soft that even trivial things get elevated to the level of ‘hard’ (just listen this week to the different references to how ‘hard’ something is) and thus robbing the poor darlings of all semblance of joy. Yet in scripture we see that hardship and suffering, far from…

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