As we begin a new year and a new decade at First Baptist Church in Columbia, let’s focus on the study of God’s Word together. Whether you are a Senior Adult or Young Adult there is a blessing to be had for studying God’s Word together. We have so many opportunities at our church to study God’s Word. The Bible is a treasure that God has given to us. Charles H. Spurgeon in “The Treasury of David” said, “The Scriptures teem with marvels; the Bible is wonder-land…it is itself a world of wonders.” We can travel down that world of wonders with one another in our church fellowship. Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible and its main theme is “the power of scripture in the believer’s life.” What are the blessings of studying the Bible together? We find three blessings of small-group Bible studies in Psalm 119:17-24.
1. It will help you keep His Word – v.17-18, “Deal bountifully with Your servant, That I may live and keep Your word. Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law.”
Every Christian has a desire to obey and keep the Word in our daily walk. When we study God’s Word together we cheer each other on and encourage one another to be faithful to God’s Word. We can share our struggles with one another and also share our victories. We have the ability to praise together and weep together. The study of the Bible together will help you and me keep His Word.
2. It will help you stay faithful in a world that is not your home – v.19-20, “I am a stranger in the earth; Do not hide Your commandments from me. My soul is crushed with longing After Your ordinances at all times.”
Do you remember the old song that says, “This world is not my home, I’m just passing through”? We discover in our study of God’s Word together that we cannot be at home in this world. We find a shelter from the world in our church and in the study of scripture together. Danny Akin says, “So this world is not my home. I live in a different kingdom. I have a different spiritual address and destiny!”
3. It will help you when others oppose you – v.23, “Even though princes sit and talk against me, Your servant meditates on Your statutes.”
The value of coming together for a small-group Bible study is seen when we face opposition or persecution for our faith. Opposition should never surprise us. Jesus declared that we would have opposition in the world. In John 15:18 Jesus said, “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.” We find strength in each other’s journey of faith.
I want to encourage you to find a Bible study (click here) to join and be a part of. You will receive a blessing and you can be a blessing to someone else. You will find a link below (or right here) with a list of small-group Bible studies that we are offering this winter and spring in our church.
Blessings for 2020,
Rev. Richard Humphries
Pastoral Care & Sr. Adult Minister