2014年7月20日 「聖書を読もう!」

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説教あらすじ          聖書を読もう!        (20/07/2014)

⊚今回の『大原則』は、「みことばなしの成長はない!」[Ⅰペテロ2:2]

・食欲がないのは不健康の兆候。同様に「みことばに対する飢え渇きがない」のも『霊的不健康』の兆候。

◆「聖書を読んでさえいれば、本当に成長するのか?」     答えは「Yes!」[Ⅱテモテ3:16-17]

・ただ、2~3日だけ試してもダメ。まず3ヶ月毎日。そして更に3ヶ月。「神の息吹」を受け続けて!

◆「こんな分厚い書物を、どう読んだらいいのか分からない!」

・幼子にとって、初めから『大人のご馳走』が美味しくない[ヘブル5:14]のと同様に、聖書(霊的食物)にも成長の

度合いに応じてふさわしい読み方がある。    別紙参照

◆とにかく聖書を読んでください!

「みことばに満たされた人」 こそ 「神の心に寄り添っている人」なのです

 

Outline of the sermon         Let’s read ‘the Bible’!”       (20/07/2014)

⊚Today’s theme: “No Scripture, No Growth!” [ⅠPeter 2:2]

・As poor appetite shows poor health, ‘No thirst for God’s Words’ is the symptom of “Bad spiritual health”.

◆“Do we really grow up only by reading the Bible?”     The answer is, “YES!”[ⅡTimothy 3:16-17]

・Don’t judge just in a few days trial.  Read every day at least for 3 months.  Then another 3 months.

◆“How do we read this thick book?”

・Little children don’t eat solid food. [Hebrews 5:14]  In the same way, there are suitable “spiritual food” as

you grow.

 ①For those who have little experience to read the Bible.

・Start from New Testament. (The Bible consists of multiple books.  You don’t have to start from the first page.)

One suggestion is to start from “Luke”, then “Acts”. (They are written by same author for non-Jews)

For those who is reading the Bible only time to time.

・Start reading it every day!  Set your best time to do it. (ex: When you get home, After tea… etc)

※ Here are some ideas :

・Read through New Testament.  “Gospels” and “Letters” alternately. (“Shorter letters” are easier.)

・Read “Hebrews” and “Revelation” later. (They are more difficult!)

・Try 1 chapter of either “Psalm” or “Proverbs” every day.

・Better read from “Genesis” to “Kings” in order because it describes Jews’ history. (From second half of

“Exodus” to “Deuteronomy” are hard though.  You can skip the lists of names and places if it is too boring.)

 ③For those who havent read through whole Bible yet.

・Try it with help of some good program!

 ④For those who want to be versed in the Bible.

・Read through it every year. (3 or 4 chapters daily.  Mixture of Old Testament and New Testament with good plan.)

・Take different time for “Quality reading” and “Quantity reading”.

・You will recognize the Bible as a whole after a few times of reading it through, and have deeper

understanding of God.  Joining appropriate Bible studies always helps.

※ Best thing of “reading Bible” is that we can enjoy reading it with help of “Its Author![Matthew 4:4]

◆Read your Bible anyway!

“The one who is full of Scriptures” is “The one whose heart sticks close to Gods”

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