Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the three-year lectionary.
What’s in your Bible? One pastor and mentor I had a number of years ago would talk about the difference between a “thin Bible” and a “thick Bible.” In the “thick Bible” scenario he found that readers would trust that God had indeed spoken to all sorts of human needs. While God never says what color shoes you should wear or whether you should take the job in Montana, the Bible speaks to all sorts of human issues. How should we treat our employer? How do we view our family? What concern should we have about the planet? Should we use technology indiscriminately? What is right? What is wrong?
This “thick Bible” view of life is the one in which Paul encourages Timothy. Timothy knows the Scripture. He has been well trained in it. He knows the good power of God speaking through God’s Word. How is Timothy to live? In 2 Timothy 4:1--2 he is told very clearly what do do as a pastor. He uses God’s Word, applying it to the lives of those around him.
May God in his mercy enable all his people to use the Scripture wisely. May we be “thick Bible” people.
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