“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:14-17
This week a group of women at Springdale gathered together on a Monday evening to begin our 9-week Bible study on 1 & 2 Thessalonians. After it was over, I went home challenged and convicted about my own personal study [or lack thereof] of the Word of God. There are two foundational aspects of the doctrine of the Word that drastically ought to affect the way in which we handle, study, and pursue the Word of God that have become very real to me in the past several days.
- The Word of God is first and foremost personified in the person and work of Jesus. The gospel of John tells us in chapter 1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God” (v1-3) The Word has always existed and it “became flesh and dwelt among us” (v 14). The person of Jesus was the truth of God; the person of Jesus was the Word among us. Later on in chapter 8:31, Jesus tells his disciples, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples…” and then goes on in chapter 15 referring to Himself as the vine, and instructing his disciples “abide in me” to bear fruit. These are not contradicting statements. By abiding in the Word, you are abiding in Jesus.
- The Word of God is sufficient. The Word of God is the well from which we draw deeply for wisdom from the Father. Psalm 19:7-9 tells us
“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.”
The Word of the Lord revives us, it makes us wise, it gives us joy, it is pure, it brings knowledge.
What do these 2 foundational aspects of the study of the Word of God have to do with us as women?
First of all, it means we cherish it. The Word of God is the way in which God has chosen to reveal Himself to His people. It is a precious gift to serve a God who speaks to us, and the way He has chosen to speak to us is through His word. Wanting to be closer to Jesus requires that we spend time in His Word.
Second of all, it means Scripture is where we turn to for wisdom and discernment. I firmly believe that God uses people in our lives to help us, direct us, and lead us in ways that help us better understand our situations and surroundings. God has truly gifted us with one another for accountability, love, and support. However, the ultimate source of wisdom and discernment comes from the Word of the Lord. Proverbs 2:6 tells us “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
The first place we should always go to in times of doubt, distress, joy, or need is the Word. If anyone instructs you in a way that is contrary to the Word, you can rest assured that their advice is not of the Lord. However, it is difficult to know if something is contrary to what the Word says if we do not take responsibility to learn what it says. Do not rely on Sunday mornings as your only time of being fed and nourished by the Word. Sunday morning should be a culmination of what has been happening in your own time with the Lord throughout the week.
Lastly, the Word of God reveals to us the hidden depths of sin in our hearts and teaches us how to be holy. Hebrews 4 tells us “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Often times, the times I do not want to do my Bible study are the times when I know I will be convicted most. However, conviction of sin is not God heaping condemnation on our heads; instead, it is God showing His love and grace to us by sanctifying and making us more like Jesus.
My challenge to myself and to the women of Springdale is to truly become a community of women who can be identified as women who love the Word. Women who encourage one another and hold one another accountable. Women who not only study the Word, but desire to live it out in their lives as mothers, coworkers, wives, or friends. If you aren’t actively studying the Word of God and do not really know where to begin, I want to encourage you to join us for our Monday night study. It is a sweet time of fellowship where we can all dive in and learn scripture together.
I have been married to my amazing husband, the worship pastor at Springdale Community Church, for 1 year as of this April. I currently work as a Business Analyst for the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where I graduated with a Master’s in Church Ministry in December. I love music, lounging on the couch, reading any book I can get my hands on, and taking very long baths in the evening. We are newlyweds who are navigating this adventure of life by the grace of Jesus.