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Today I was able to enjoy the teaching of several godly men as they expounded the Scriptures. My church had a Bible Conference with D.A. Carson as the key-note speaker. It was wonderful to learn from him and it reminded me of a statement that someone uttered to me this summer.
“Kimmy, you should be a pastor.”
This statement was a result of me sharing some books/commentaries I had read and what I had learned from them. At the time I just laughed, because we both knew that she and I have very different views on women pastors.
As I thought about it today though, I began to wonder why she said that. Isn’t it possible for girls to have a love of theology without any ambitions to become pastors? Isn’t it right for girls to want to be well-versed in the Word of God and have an interest in Hebrew and Greek roots without wanting to be a church leader? Can’t I be excited to go to a Bible conference and sit under the teaching of learned men or listen to sermons in my FREE time? (Oh, the horror) As I thought about it, I realized I don’t know many (in fact, I’m not sure I know any!) girls my age who love to read books on theology at all. Why is that?
In the first chapter of (you’ll never guess what) When Sinners Say I do (oh, you guessed it? Drat), it talks about how everyone is a theologian. You can either be a good one or a bad one but like it or not, you do have theology. I think it’s important to study the Word and listen to those who preach sound doctrines in order for good theology to take root. If all you ever do is listen to the Christian radio announcers and you take your theology from them, you are going to be in trouble (not to mention overly bubbly).
But, as the book says a little farther on, good theology isn’t dark and mysterious, it is practical. We are “street theologians” as the author puts it. Theology needs to impact our thoughts and actions, our motives and emotions. What we think about God should influence and will influence every part of our lives.
I would encourage more young men and women to do more studying. Search the Bible deeper than what you learned in the Primer Sunday School class. There is always more to learn from the Word of God but we need to get off the milk and get to the meat of it.
“11 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:11-14
The past two years, I have read through the Bible in a year. It works very nicely. It reminds me to do it every day and I like schedules. I decided that this year, I don’t want to do it again. Some days, I don’t think I get as much out of it as I could, since I rush to get through the required amount for that day. I noticed this especially in the OT prophets. The chapters were long and some days I would have to read 3-4 of them.
I decided instead that I was going to do an intensive study on one book. Then I had the difficult task of decided which book. I finally narrowed it down to either John or Hebrews and eventually decided to go with Hebrews. After all, I could always do John next year 🙂
I sent out a message to every pastor I know asking for book recommendations and the response was great! The pastors at my new church eagerly opened their libraries to me and told me to take whatever I wanted.
I am sooo excited! I want to devote all of 2014 to Hebrews and read everything I can get my hands on! I want to listen to every sermon I can find on the book. All in all, it’s an overwhelming task, but I’m taking it one step at a time.
So here’s my prayer for the new year. I want to keep this excitement. I don’t want to get bogged down and lose my focus and determination. I want to learn more about salvation and propitiation.
I want this study to teach me more about my Savior.
There’s a lot of talk these days about believing in yourself. You know, You can do anything if you just believe in yourself and follow your heart. Everything is about self-esteem. People are so badly off because they have low self-esteem and if we could just boost that up, the whole world could unite in peace and harmony. Uh-huh.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t think the problem is low self-esteem. As a matter of fact, I think the exact opposite. Do men destroy others because of LOW self-esteem? Was the Holocaust a result of low or high self-esteem? We seem to have no problem of low self-esteem. In fact, humans have a way of pridefully thinking of themselves HIGHER than they ought to. Hence all the follow-your-heart jazz.
Do you know what your heart is? The Bible tells us what our hearts are like in Jeremiah 17:9:
“The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately sick;
who can understand it?”
Do you really want to follow something that is deceitful and wicked? Because of the Fall into sin, our hearts can deceive us and we can’t even understand our own hearts.
In contrast to that, there is something, or rather someone, we should follow. As a matter of elimination, it can’t be someone who is human because all humans have hearts that are deceitful. So it must be Someone who is not human. May I offer a suggestion?
(1 John 1:5) This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
(Psalms 5:4) For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you.
(Psalm 18:30) This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
I think I will follow the Lord.