Living in the World

Each year new words are added to the dictionary. So far this year, Merriam-Webster has added words like airball, binge-watch, urgent care, and photobomb. Many scholars believe Paul created a word, when he wrote his second letter to Timothy.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” – 2 Timothy 3:16 ESV

In this verse, the word Paul uses to describe scripture is God-breathed. This is the only place the word is used, in the Bible, and scholars have not found it used in any documents written before 2 Timothy. In fact, many scholars believe Paul may have created this word to help Timothy understand the importance of scripture.

The very breath of God that breathed life into Adam (Gen. 1:7) is the same breath that breathes life into scripture. Paul teaches us that scripture is good for all things. Living in God’s word is so vitally important because it is the primary tool God uses to speak to us, it’s where he reveals truth, corrects our path, and teaches us how to live lives that honor him.

If I’m honest, it is easy to get caught up by everything I am doing and forget to live in the word. Not just read the word, but take the time to breathe in the truth “breathed out by God.” We can get so busy doing good things, that we forget to meditate on God’s word (Psalm 119).

In the business of this summer, amidst work, time with your family, eating watermelon, and serving at VBS, may we not neglect living in the word.

-Pastor David

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ACTS: Speaking Louder than Words

Should Christians look totally different from other people? That may sound strange to some of you and it may even sound like a bad goal, but the Bible tells us that we should be different. We should look different, think and act differently, and we should live differently as well. One of my favorite passages in the Bible says:

Do everything without grumbling or arguing,15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” Philippians 2: 14-15

Christians shining among them (the rest of the world) like stars (bright lights) in the sky sounds pretty different to me!

This Sunday we begin a brand new series called “ACTS: Speaking Louder than Words.”  In this study on the Book of Acts, we’ll see how God intends for His church to stand out and be different from the rest of the world while they share the truth about Jesus Christ with others.  I hope you’re able to join us this Sunday at 8:15, 9:30 or 11:00am.  Think about how we can be different and live with God’s plan and purpose in mind, and think about someone you can invite to join you at Wildwood this Sunday!  Be a Star!

See you this Sunday!

~Pastor Ric