Acts 2:42-43 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.
When it comes to the written word of God, the Bible, we ought to as Christians have an even greater passion and desire to pour over every word. The late evangelist Leonard Ravenhill observes: "There are just 3 types of people: those who are afraid; those who don't know enough to be afraid and those who know the Bible - L. Ravenhill." What is it about the Bible that sets it apart from all other books? For one thing, it was the source of the Apostle's doctrine that so captivated those early Christians. The word of God saturated the thinking of the early church because it saturated Jesus Himself Who had came to fulfill every word recorded in the Old Testament.
Inasmuch as Acts 2 is about the coming and the arrival of the Holy Spirit to birth forth the church, it can be equally said that the Word of God was at the center of everyone's heart and mind. The events of Acts 2 could only be explained by one source - the scriptures; and the only method deemed acceptable - preaching. The church was birthed by and centered around the Word of God. Their devotion to the Apostle's doctrine came as a result of their devotion to the Word of God. True doctrine is a by-product of the scriptures and the Holy Spirit's illumination. Today's post aims to conceive of a more awesome church saturated with scripture. Why should a church and a Christians be characterized a those who know the Bible? Consider the following reasons why more awesome Christianity demands scripture saturation:
This Sovereign One - the Father - sent the Holy Spirit in the Son's name. The Spirit would be the one responsible for convicting sinner's in their salvation and one by one calling those chosen by the Father into the fold of the church. (see Ephesians 1:1-11) As a result of each converted sinner responding by faith, they would as part of the church be involved in carrying out the great commission issued by Jesus. (Matthew 28:18-20) God's inbreaking into history and life would ever alter how we view human history. To realize that there is an ultimate purpose - God's glory - gives hope to the hopeless, light in the darkness and healing of the soul. Christ's second coming represents the endpoint of history that will carry all the redeemed into eternity. Judgment will be sadly meted out upon those who knowingly rejected the Gospel presented to them. Throughout all eternity, God's grace will be ever revealed through the Son by the Spirit to His people.
The contents of scripture are more awesome than any other book. No other book can back up the claim of being divinely inspired. There is a second reason as to why a more awesome church needs to be saturated with the scripture...