説教あらすじ 「聖書を読もう！」 (20/07/2014)
✯「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
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)
②For 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 haven’t 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 God’s”！