During the video, Pastor Chan shared some honest memories from his early days as a new Christian:
When I started attending church gatherings, I still remember people would encourage me and say, ‘Okay, you need to read the Bible. You gotta read this thing, and you should read it every day, read it in the morning …’ I still remember trying that. I would just force myself, and discipline myself, and get up early and start reading this book. But as I would read it, I would notice that there was something different about the way they [the early church] studied the Scriptures and the way I was doing it.
Pastor Chan makes a good point. There seems to be a gulf of difference between the way we so often study the Bible and the way the early disciples approached God’s Word. Acts 2:42 tells us that the early church “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching…” (NIV). That word “devoted” means with great enthusiasm and fervent desire!
Why don’t we think of Scripture like that? Why do we not approach the Bible with the same awe and excitement as if we were Moses on the mountaintop, hearing God’s Word proclaimed from heaven? If we could only realize that Scripture is our very life-line to God! That the Bible is God’s own love letter to us. It is the key to our relationship with Him – and that relationship is life. We must come to a place where we long for God’s Word in our lives, that is, the revelation of His Presence through Scripture, with same kind of desire as for our own physical food: “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God'” (Matthew 4:4, NIV). Peter compares our nourishment from God’s Word with newborn infants who must have their mother’s milk to survive: “And yearn like newborn infants for pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up to salvation” (1 Peter 2:2, NET).
And so now that we’ve talked about the paramount importance of Scripture, what’s next? What do we do with what we learn about God in our time of fellowship and communion in His Presence? We teach. We are called to “go and make disciples of all nations… teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:18-20). But isn’t that what my Pastor is for? Isn’t that the Bible class teacher’s job? Nope! We are ALL given the responsibility to teach. And this idea of teaching doesn’t just mean giving Bible studies and preaching sermons. (After all, we are not all gifted equally in those areas.) But, no matter what your spiritual gifts are or aren’t, we can all teach by the way we live our lives out for Christ! Check out this last video clip, “We all have a responsibility to teach”:
(Videos and quoted materials taken from http://basicseries.com/)