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Reading the Bible With Faith: Faith Based Bible Engagement

Dr. Lawson Murray shares the importance of reading the Bible with faith. 

 

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) 

Faith unlocks the door to Bible engagement. To connect with the Bible we need a dynamic, personal relationship with God through the transforming and indwelling power of Jesus. Nothing else will suffice, Bible engagement only happens when there’s an active trust in Jesus and the belief that what He says is true.


The Necessity of Reading the Bible With Faith

 The necessity of faith can’t be minimized. To approach God’s Word we must be persuaded that “faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” Hebrews 11:1.

Bible engagement only happens when there’s an active trust in Jesus and the belief that what He says is true.

In the absence of faith, all attempts to understand the Bible properly will fail. The Bible is only alive to those who are alive to Jesus. Without faith, confusion reigns. Without faith, any critical explanation or interpretation of the Bible (exegesis) is faulty. And without faith, Bible engagement is reduced to nothing more than historical, textual, source, form, or literary criticism.

As my colleague, Annabel Robinson aptly said, “Faith is not a matter of being able to check all the right boxes. It’s a matter of relationship, or continuous love and obedience and discipleship, which might take different forms for different people.”

“Faith is not a matter of being able to check all the right boxes. It’s a matter of relationship, or continuous love and obedience and discipleship, which might take different forms for different people.”

Because faith is about what we hope for and things we don’t see (cf. Hebrews 11:1), it’s tied to our longings and desires. This means faith-based Bible engagement flows from the heart (cf. Proverbs 4:23), not the head. To connect with the Bible and have the Bible connect with us, we must focus on who we love – the living truth, Jesus Christ.

To connect with the Bible and have the Bible connect with us, we must focus on who we love – the living truth, Jesus Christ.


Exegesis and Worship

Focusing Bible engagement on who we love interweaves exegesis with worship. Faith-based Bible engagement is keenly aware that we’re accountable to the Word. We cannot stand apart from the Word. It demands a response. What happens in our hearts and heads must move to our hands. We enter the world of the text, not to become brainiacs, but to be involved in the world we live in. For it’s only when we engage with the Bible obediently and practically (cf. James 2:26), and therein attribute worthiness and honour to Jesus, that faith is proved true.

 

The importance of reading the Bible with faith.

Article originally posted here: Faith Based Bible Engagement

 

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