Meditation Monday is where I share my reflections on Sunday’s sermons from my church, Watson Chapel Baptist Church, Pastor Todd Howard. Currently we are going through 2 Corinthians and Genesis. We took a break in this series for our focus on Gideon Sunday and Brother Tarvoris Uzoigwe (Brother T) the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Baptist Collegiate Director spoke in the evening service.
In our morning service we learned about three dynamic truths about the Bible, the Word of God. We learned that the Bible is a stairway, it is the source of life and it is sure to accomplish what God has purposed the Word to accomplish. The Bible is a stairway coming from heaven to earth. God has chosen to divinely reveal Himself to us and His chosen vehicle is the words written down in the Bible. In the Bible we discover all things that pertain to life and godliness. Just think with me for a moment what would be missing from the world if we never learned about the person and work of Christ? That is a scary thought. But God’s word has come forth and it spans the gap from heaven to earth. Thank God for His Word.
God uses the proclamation of His word to bring forth life where there is no life. Jesus said this in John 6
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. (63)
We are the walking dead before we know Christ and we only are made alive In Christ when hear His message proclaimed. Here is what Paul writes,
14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?”
17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Finally God’s Word is sure to accomplish what it sets out to accomplish. God providentially sets things in motion to accomplish his Word years later. We see that played out in the drama of the Scripture. When God made a covenant with Abraham and told him his people would be slaves but he would deliver them hundreds of years later. Do you think Joseph thought that was even a possibility when Genesis closes? But it happens just like God says, because God’s Word accomplishes what God purposes it to accomplish.
Mark 8: 34-35
In the morning service God through Pastor Todd Howard gave us three foundational truths about the doctrine of God’s Word. In the evening service we see those truths fleshed out in the life of Brother T. We see how the Word spans the gap between heaven and earth as someone shared the Gospel with Brother T and now he shares the Gospel with students on the campus of UAPB.
We also seen that the Word is the source of life. God brought dead men to life through the proclamation of His Word. Brother T is saved at seven, years later becomes a BCM director and leads some students to Christ those students are sharing the Gospel with others and the Spirit and the Word are breathing life into dead bones.
Finally we see that God’s Word accomplishes what God purposes it to accomplish. We learned how God providentially led Brother T to Pine Bluff as BCM director. To look back and trace God’s steps is nice, but when going through it may be hard at times. God moved upon Brother T to give up some comforts in life for the sake of the Gospel.
Some meditative questions/thoughts to consider,
Am I converted and if so am I living it and sharing the Gospel?
Am I too comfortable? Are the comforts in my life more important than the proclamation of God’s word?
Are there habits, thoughts and and beliefs that I need to change that are hindering Gospel transformation in my life?