Weekly bulletin article by Mike Johnson

Bible study is a challenging and rewarding opportunity. Engaging the text requires “…rightly dividing the word of truth.” (II Timothy 2:15) It demands that we pay attention to each word since they came from the mind of God. Paul wrote concerning his commission from God to write Scripture, “These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” (I Corinthians 2:13)

It is not always easy to understand every text to the same degree. There are many things that are rather difficult to fathom. Even Peter had problems understanding some things that Paul had written! He wrote that Paul, “…in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.” (II Peter 3:16)

However, it is possible to understand everything that God expects us to know in order to be pleasing to Him. It was Peter who wrote that God “has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness…” (II Peter 1:3) He would not have provided these things if He did not expect us to understand, knowing that we have that ability.

On certain Sunday nights, we are spending time with some difficult Bible passages and trying, not only to understand the text, but also to understand how to understand the text. This coming Sunday night will be another one of those. However, the format will be a little bit different. The text will be I Corinthians 15:29-30. After a period of worship, we will engage the text in a congregational Bible Study format. How about studying ahead and bring your thoughts to this discussion?