Transformed (Changed) by God Through His Word
I grew up through high school listening to the Bible being read aloud.
It was read by my dad at the breakfast table. It was read by the Liturgist during the Sunday morning worship service. It was read by the pastor during his sermon. It was read by my Sunday school teachers as the launching off point of the day’s lesson. It was read by my youth group leaders to guide our short “Devos” (devotionals).
And God by His grace touched my heart through His Word being read in my life. God’s Word showed me Jesus and invited me into a faith relationship with Him. God’s Word revealed His power to me and guided me as the Spirit used that Word to convict me of sin, define God’s righteousness to me, and show me the way of rescue from God’s righteous judgment of my sin.
And now I have the “get to” privilege of reading the Bible aloud – to my family*, my church family, and even during opportunities that I have to speak out in the community. And God is still changing my life through this process, even as He is changing others’ lives as well.
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12, ESV)
Delighting in the Lord with you. as we are becoming rooted in Christ together as a church family and reaching out to people with the Gospel.
~Pastor Sean and Tess
* For a helpful resource on reading through difficult passages of scripture with others, especially during your Family Worship Times or Family Bible Reading times, check out http://gentlereformation.com/2017/11/14/and-so-and-so-begat-so-and-so/. Lots of good suggestions for seeing God’s purpose through His Word.