Would you like to?
How can you get to know the Lord?
I’m not talking about praying a prayer or walking an aisle. I’m talking about the possibility that we can get to know the Almighty God, the Creator of the Universe, on a personal level. So what can we do to get to know God? Sure we can pray, and God will hear us. But are we praying to an unknown, or unknowable God?
So we’re back to the first question: how can I know God?
We’d be making a mistake of major proportions if we ignore God’s own message to us…the Bible! In the Bible God tells us more about Himself than we can possibly fathom in an entire lifetime!
So if you want to get to know the Lord, you need to read the Bible — that’s God’s message to us! You can look at the sky, and the earth, and all of creation, and you might come to the conclusion that there is a God, but if you want to know Him on a personal level, you need to read the Bible! You need to study it! You need to immerse yourself in it! And hand-in-hand with reading the Bible, you need to talk with the Lord. He’s there to hear you, and He works through the Bible to touch you and transform your life! (And if you think this doesn’t sound Methodist enough, remember that John Wesley believed strongly in the power of the Holy Spirit to transform our lives.)
Now, if I had titled this entry “Adult Bible Study” how many of you would have read it?
But that’s exactly my point: we as adults in the church need to be reading and studying our Bibles. We are supposed to be followers of Christ, but how can we follow Him if we don’t know Him? Pastor Bart has been doing a real bang-up job of teaching about Christ, but even if you come to church every Sunday and take notes on all his sermons, you’re still going to be missing something. You’ve got to make up the difference yourself. You’ve got to get into the Bible. Do your own studying, but more than that, we all need to get together and study together, putting our heads together as brothers and sisters in Christ, seeking to discern the great wisdom that is contained in the pages of our Bibles.
Belgrade has had good Bible study classes for adults at various times. Sometimes they last for quite a while, sometimes the only last for a few weeks. Sometimes they attract a fairly good crowd, sometimes only two or three people.
We are now coming up to the end of the school year, and our Sunday school classes, including Adult Bible studies, will be over until fall. So I would like to urge you to think about Bible study, through the summer months, and then this coming fall consider joining one of our Adult Bible Study classes.
Get to know the One who created you for Himself!