YM Quotes:

YM Quotes:

Youth ministry is always a challenge. Youth ministry is consistently changing. Youth ministry is regularly surprising. Youth ministry is fresh all the time. (Mark Oestreicher)

Although students need guidance from good leaders, we often take on too much of the responsibility for their knowledge about God. We want them to blindly adopt our opinions rather than work out their own understanding. Instead we must help young people learn how to think for themselves with God’s perspective as their foundation and the Word of God as their rule. (Sean Dunn)

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Friday, November 4, 2011

How often do you read in the Bible?

Did somebody ever asked you this question? How did it make you feel?
Guilty - because you know it was less than how often you would read a magazine or newspaper...
Proud - because you read in it everyday and can recite many verses...
Mixed feelings - because you do read in it, but not as often as you would like to...

What kind of question is that anyway. I just wonder why people seem to like to put pressure on one another. Maybe some want to challenge you, others want you to feel guilty, some might want to compare - there are probably tons of different reasons.

But why am I writing these lines? Yesterday, I found and interesting introduction on the topic why we should read meaningful books by Stuart Briscoe (2000. Devotions for Men. Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers). I'd like you to read parts of his understanding regarding the issue:

This morning I asked my six-year-old grandson, "Stephen, why do you think we should learn to read?" He thought for a moment and replied, "Because if you learn to read, it helps you to be smart and know words." Stephen, having been born in a country with a very high literacy rate, has an enormous advantage in this regard over those who have been born into circumstances where literacy is not available.

Mark Twain once said, "He who does not read good books has no advantage over he who cannot read them." In saying this, he pointed to a sad situation in many Western countries: People have learned to read but lack the time, interest, or discipline to avail themselves of the opportunity to read and to be smart and learn words.

I am particularly concerned about people who do not read the Scriptures on a regular basis. The Scriptures were written and preserved for us in order that we might "be smart" about the things of God and "learn words" about life and death, eternity and time, this world and the world to come, who God is and what he has done, what he plans to do and where we fit in his plans. These are things that we cannot learn anywhere else. It is my conviction that the Bible was given to us in our language in order that we should read it and learn from it all the things God wants us to know and which we desperately need to know.

There are different ways of reading the Bible. Some do it as a purely academic excercise, others for no other reason than to try to prove or disprove its authenticity. But my concern is that we read it with a view to benefiting from it in our daily lives. We call this reading the Scriptures devotionally. It is reading with an inquiring mind and a thirsty spirit, longing to know God better and to live more in keeping with His principles. When the Bible is read in this fashion, it becomes a source of joy and delight, of encouragement and direction, of correction and instruction.

So let me change my initial question from the top: Why do you read the Bible?  Or, why not?

I am not trying to lead you on a guilt trip. I only want you to reflect on this question and answer it for yourself honestly. I am by no means a great, fanatic book lover/reader, but I do love God. If continuosly reading His Word is one way of getting closer to Him, so be it! And how much more important is it then for a youth worker/ leader to read His Word in order to lead this generation closer to Him.

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