You don’t defend the lion, you simply unleash it. Charles Spurgeon used this vivid picture while describing how to defend Scripture in his 19th century preaching, and his powerful imagery still rings true today. God’s Word does not need to be defended as much as His Word needs to be unleashed in the lives of Christians today. The Bible is powerful, living, and God-breathed (Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:16). God’s message has stood the test of time, and the Bible is the most published and translated work in world history. Yet, we Christians often fail to unleash His power in our lives because we too often leave this Book of Life unused on our shelves in our homes.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
The Goal Is Not Information, but Transformation
In our current discipleship series, we’ve been talking about the five transferable principles of discipling our kids. You can apply these principles when you kids are young, when your kids are old, and with anyone you’re trying to disciple. Today I want to cover the last foundational principle of our our series: Scripture.
5 P.A.R.T.S. of Discipleship
God’s will comes from God’s Word. If you change how you think, you’ll change how you live. But you’ll never become tomorrow what you’re not already becoming today… so what’s stopping you from growing in Christ? What’s stopping you from reading your Bible? What’s stopping you from applying the Bible?
What are you doing today to purchase your better tomorrows? Where are you getting your worldview? Where is your source of truth (John 14:6)? Where do you find comfort in times of trouble (John 16:33)? Where do you find guidance when trying to make a decision (John 7:17-18)? If you do nothing else as a parent, try as hard as you can to help your kids fall in love with Jesus and His Word. You need God more than one hour a week at church just as you need food more than one giant meal on Sunday. The Bible can be our spiritual nourishment throughout the week, refueling us for everyday living, as well as helping learn more about God. And as we learn more about God, we also learn more about us… our purpose, where we come from, where we’re going, and how we can grow.
If you want to disciple your children, read the Bible together. The Scriptures are foundational to being a Christian. Talk about the stories. Walk through the journeys of the Old Testament. Live through the power of the Gospels. Remember God’s promises to the prophets. Sing through the ups and downs of the Psalms. Apply Paul’s teachings from his letters.
In an age of technology, we have more access to Scripture and the teachings of Jesus than ever before! So don’t let the Scriptures go unused, but choose to unleash God’s power in your life through His Word!
High School Pastor
North Ridge Community Church