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CrossFit 2232 has been holding a bible…

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CrossFit 2232 has been holding a bible…

CrossFit 2232 has been holding a bible study and lifting class on Tuesday evenings 5:30pm – 7:00pm. We would like to share with you what our study was about and encourage you to check back Monday evenings for the upcoming class and lifting session.

“THE BIBLE IS NOT ABOUT YOU”

The bible can be a great tool in dealing with relationships, discipline, finance, and morals. It can make for excellent study material on how to live a happier and more productive life. However, it is not a self help manual created for your consumption. The bible is not about you. The bible is about Jesus. The pages you read are about redemption and all things build to glorify His name. Without a proper context you cannot understand the scriptures. Let’s look at an example:

In Matthew 6:25, Jesus says, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

This is great to know. I don’t have to worry. However, in Matthew 6:33, Jesus continues, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” I believe that this is hugely important and a fact that cannot be understated. This demonstrates that the importance is placed on seeking God first. The scriptures can guide you but it is through a relationship with Christ first and foremost.

Many will take the scriptures from their context and pollute the meaning or derive the wrong conclusions because they cannot see the forest through the trees; Jesus at the heart of it all. I like where Paul speaks of the ministry in Thessalonica in 1 Thessalonians 2:13, “And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.” What Paul preached and what we read is of the Lord and not of men. Of the Lord. There is power and meaning when the bible is filtered through that specific lens. And in concerns to men, Jesus states in Matthew 10:28, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

It is stated in scripture to fear the Lord over 300 times. I’d take that as important. I’d also take that as an existing theme. Scripture is not so much about my anxiety or how I treat my spouse, but it revolves around my fear of the Lord and seeking Him first. I recently read this explanation and I think it will help. William D. Eisenhower states in his article “Fearing God” in Christianity Today:

“Unfortunately, many of us presume that the world is the ultimate threat and that God’s function is to offset it. How different this is from the biblical position that God is far scarier than the world …. When we assume that the world is the ultimate threat, we give it unwarranted power, for in truth, the world’s threats are temporary. When we expect God to balance the stress of the world, we reduce him to the world’s equal …. As I walk with the Lord, I discover that God poses an ominous threat to my ego, but not to me. He rescues me from my delusions, so he may reveal the truth that sets me free. He casts me down, only to lift me up again. He sits in judgment of my sin, but forgives me nevertheless. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but love from the Lord is its completion.”

So, take the I’s and Me’s out of life and look at the scriptures from a seek Him first mentality. In this study you will see I’s and Me’s from myself so I leave you with a statement from Ravi Zacharias, “to me the final authority is the Bible.”