Is the Bible relevant in your daily life? You need to look at the scriptures to see, "What is God telling me? What does God want me to know?".
[Gary Petty] Today we're gonna do sort of a part two of a subject I've been talking about, "fed up with church." A lot of people say they're getting fed up with church, just sort of disillusioned with going to a church, and they give a number of reasons why. And I've been looking at different studies and it is interesting why people get disillusioned with church.
One of the reasons that I thought was interesting is, "The Bible has no relevance to my everyday life." You know, that's a legitimate reason to look at the Scripture. Is it relevant? Does it have importance to me? You know, when we look at Christianity, everybody accepts the theology that Jesus had to die for your sins and that, because of that death and resurrection, we can be forgiven by God. But they forget something. It's more than just being forgiven by God. It's becoming Christlike. We have to grow in our Christianity to act and think and feel more like Jesus Christ did and as he does now with the Father.
So is it relevant? Yes, but here's the problem we have. We're intellectually dishonest. What we want and what we define relevancy as, "I want it to fit what I want it to mean. I want the Bible to be what I want it to be." It's time that we stop making God in our image and we start thinking about becoming in the image of God. And that means to look at the scripture to see, "What is God telling me? What does God want me to know?"
One of the things that I always tell people to do is go to the Sermon on the Mount, that's Matthew 5, 6, and 7. Then write it out on a piece of paper or on your computer. Draw a line down the middle and write out every verse. In the other column, write down, "What is Jesus teaching me?" And make it very personal. When you do, you're gonna find out it is very relevant. But you're also gonna find that your assumptions about Jesus Christ and about Christianity may not be completely right. I challenge you to do it.
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