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Section 3 - Navigating Hindrances
Chapter 28 - Building a Solid Foundation, the Bible
A radical Christian is one who seeks to actually put into practice what he reads in the bible. He usually comes to this perspective from awakening from some denominational slumber. He may have to swim against the current of those who would impress upon him their idea of what he should do. Before any confrontation or radical changes, the newly radical Christian is advised to first seek to grow in an understanding of the bible.
The bible will be critical because it will act as a compass (that to which everything else should be compared). Some people think that studying the bible is like learning Trigonometry, that it requires mental skill and hard work. Actually, the bible is the only supernatural book. God (who is the source of wisdom) works through it to help you understand it.
Some of the bible can seem tedious and even boring (Leviticus and Chronicles come to mind). To start with, the gospel accounts of the life of Jesus and Paulís letters to the churches are a good place to get interesting information.
It is useful to start with a high-lighter to mark those passages that stand out. It is interesting that years after starting to study the bible, a person can find a particular passage meaningful and see that it is between two passages that had been previously highlighted. This indicates what might be called a 'layered' effect of bible study. One finds a sort of slow deepening understanding of the bible which parallels a persons growing understanding of God.
1. God loves me.
2. God wants me to love him.
3. God wants me to love others.
It is helpful to review some of what the bible says about itself, to help us understand that this is not so much a book of facts to memorize, but a supernatural connection with God himself through his words and by which he can work in us.
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. - Isaiah - 55:10-11
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. - Psalm 119:11
NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. - Psalm 119:105
Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. - Psalm 119:133
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. - Proverbs 30:5
And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. - Luke 4:4
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. - John 6:33
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. - John 8:31-32
For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. - 1 Thessalonians 2:13
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