This post is part of our Sunday Series titled “Articles of Faith.”
We investigate leadership lessons from the Bible.
See the whole series here. Published only on Sundays.
Hours are spent each day printing newspapers, booklets, and other pieces of literature. The funny thing is, they will be out of date the very next day.
Though many short stories, poems, novels, plays, etc are endeared more with age, they still are not as enduring and relevant to our lives – as “up to date” – as God’s Word, The Bible.
Antiquated or Timeless?
Some complain about the antiquated words found in Scripture. By doing so however, they miss to the point! The Bible does not need to be rewritten, but re-read! It is as up to date as this morning’s newspaper. We do not need to fumble around comparing translations, but wholeheartedly comparing Scripture with Scripture, as we read it more often and more intently.
Nobody can expect lost people to understand Scripture with great depth or clarity, as can those who have by grace found a place among God’s redeemed. The reason for this is found in I Corinthians 2:14. Consider:
(1 Corinthians 2:14) “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (KJV)
The natural man, or unsaved man, is not going to grasp the Word of God like one who has been regenerated by God’s Holy Spirit. The overwhelming failure to understand this truth has prompted the publication of newer versions of the Bible, in an effort to water down the language.
With that stated, God’s Word is still timeless! Even though verses are sometimes left out or misrepresented, God’s Word will endure and help those who will embrace it! This, of course, requires our own willlingness to seek and to understand, to speak and to listen.
Whose Wisdom Is It?
I say the Bible is more relevant today than ever before! Or at least it is more necessary, to remind ourselves of enduring wisdom. It certainly is the best place I have found to help understand lessons on leadership.
Human wisdom is being proven highly fallible, while the Bible as infallible. The most liberal men and women have long tried to disprove Bible events and portray them as myth. But with each year that passes by, they are indeed proven wrong.
Any person who is born again by God’s Spirit, can take the Bible and live by it – of course by the power of the Spirit, not by our own. Its precepts do not change from year to year, as the FDA, medical journals, and major think tanks’ recommendations do. For example, according to the ever-changing “wisdom” of our day, milk is good for you today, but tomorrow it can kill you!
God’s Word is not like that! It is immutable.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17) “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (KJV)
(Hebrews 4:12-13) “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” (KJV)
(1 Peter 1:23) “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” (KJV)
(2 Peter 1:20-21) “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (KJV)
As for Me and Mine
The Bible, for the true Christian, is the sole basis of their faith and practice. In a world of relativism, this makes Bible believers look weird in the eyes of most other people. That’s okay with me! I will go with God and His Word any day!
If more of God’s people would practice what God’s Word says, then we would not have as many folks thinking the Bible is not relevant for our generation.
We can all do better at this – yes, including me. It is our own incongruency with the Word, not the Word itself, which distances people from God rather than inspiring and attracting them. Let us do better at practicing what we preach!
What is one of the challenges you face daily, in attempting to live by the Word? What impact do you feel this may have on others? On your own joy and peace? On your personal life or professional success? What is one thing you can begin doing today, to more effectively immitate Jesus and God’s Word?
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Pastor Andrew Schank is Church Planter with Macedonia World Baptist Missions, Inc.
He has a servant’s heart for missions and church planting
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