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Feb 09

Do You Have a Balanced Diet of Scripture?

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The Bible contains all that is needed In order for Christians to become mature and grow deeper in their relationship with God. However, we can become unbalanced in our diet of the scriptures. This usually happens when we  focus entirely on   one particular aspect of Christianity, while neglecting others.   We can become so focused on the fundamentals, baptism, repentence, what it takes to be saved, and etc.  that we become underdeveloped as Christians.  Likewise we can chose to focus only  on grace ,  the Spirit, faith, or  etc. such  that we never see how all of these aspects of Christianly work together to build a fully complete Christian.

Hebrew 5  11 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.(ESV)

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 and of instruction about washings,[a] the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do if God permits.

 

  1. Identify some topics or books of the Bible that you may have overlooked, add them into your reading plan.
  2. Read from different genres and literary types  (books of poetry, wisdoms, minor prophets etc.)
  3. Try to do book studies as opposed to topical studies, this way you can avoid going to your favorite pet scriptures while seeing something you may have overlooked.
  4. Don’t study just to try and prove a point, rather study to hear what God is saying in a particular passage .
  5. Avoid isolating verses from their entire context (surrounding chapters).
  6. Seek to ask why is this particular aspect important, and how does it relate to the rest of Gods counsel.
  7. Try to avoid extremes.

-If they would have known  what these words meant –

Dewayne Clardy

 

 

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