March 8, 2020: As the 1980s investment commercial said, “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen.” Are you an investor? If you have time, treasure or talent, you’re an investor. You’re investing yourself in one activity or another, whether at your job, your home, in the community or at church. Today, Pastor Greg Byman opens Deuteronomy 17:18-20 to see how God ordains his children to invest their time, treasure and energy in studying, memorizing, teaching and proclaiming the Word of God. When God talks, his children must listen.
Invest in God’s Word!
Who should invest in God’s Word?
Leaders- instructions for kings
Influencers -anyone who leads or influences others
Parents- ultimately our children are affected most
How do we invest in God’s Word?
Study the Bible on your own!
Study the Bible with others
-“in the presence of Levitical priests”
-Every believer is a priest
-God calls spiritual leaders to teach and equip us
Do this for the rest of your life
-abiding in the Word is a lifetime journey
-our current spiritual wisdom correlates with our current
Investment in God’s Word
-Illust: I have many instances of both situations as evidence!
The New Testament reveals that…
Abiding in the Word = Abiding in Jesus!
John 1:1- Jesus is the living “Word
Why invest in God’s Word?
We fear God more
-NOT fear of punishment- only unbelievers should fear this!
Romans 8:1 believers are no longer condemned!
-Psalm 112:1 “Happy is the person who fears the Lord”
-Proverbs 8:13 we learn to “hate evil”
-Proverbs 9:10 It is the “beginning of wisdom”
-Proverbs 14:26 we have “strong confidence” and
our “children have a refuge”
-Ecclesiastes 12:13 “this is for all humanity”
We stay humble
We stay true to what is true
We pass on a godly heritage
Read Deuteronomy 17:18-20 aloud together
How will tomorrow be different from yesterday?
-Start reading Psalms or Proverbs, or Mark, or 1 John
-Connect with the St Joe family
-Connection Groups, Worship, other gatherings
-Keep on keeping on!
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