“…your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing” 2 Th 1:3.
This month we renew our dedication to the study of God’s Word. At Zion, when it comes to the Bible, we hear it taught and preached, but we still read it for ourselves and not only by ourselves. History teaches us that well-intentioned Christians can quickly and sadly fall into abusive, unloving thinking and acting toward themselves and others. Life’s anxieties and ambitions squeeze God’s voice into an hour of budgeted God-time on Sunday, and satan has his way with our thoughts and interactions the rest of the week. Yet,
Jesus offers us this challenge to our priorities (or is it promise amid our distractions?), “Do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Mt 6:31–33. The reformation’s gift that we celebrate this year in its 500th anniversary is the joy of knowing Christ in the truth preserved in and accessible to us in God’s Word. Consider the Bible Study opportunities available to you this fall and dedicate the time. If you’ve never attended before, let this be your year to GROW in the Word (and the joy!) of God.