“…train yourself to be godly.” 1 Timothy 4:7
Godliness doesn’t simply happen. You don’t become a Christian, and the next day, demonstrate all of the attributes of a godly life…It takes training.
The goal at the end of the year, the decade, is that I’m stronger, wiser, more discerning, I have deeper intimacy with God, I’ve grown in Christlikeness, and I’m starting to see others come to Christ through my life.
Back to Basics:
Why I need to read the bible regularly, and what I’ll come to know:
1. You need to know the A__________________ and B______________________ of God.
Theology is simply the study of the nature and person and character of God.
2. We come to know God’s C_________________________.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 7:21
Being a disciple of Jesus means I’m a student who is seeking to become like my teacher.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” – Matthew 28:19-20
“8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord.” – Ephesians 5:8-10
3. By spending time in the Word, you will come to know the D____________________ better.
Much of what you’ll read is a reexplanation of and an application of the gospel.
So, create space in your day – and I recommend early in your day – to get into the Word of God.