Oh yeah, Bible Study…
On recent Wednesday nights, a growing group of about eight to ten people have been meeting in the church parlor to study the book of John. Two Wednesdays ago, there was inclement weather. The kids were out of school, and our policy for Bible study is that when school is cancelled for weather, Bible study is cancelled. Then this past Wednesday, we marked the beginning of Lent with our annual Ash Wednesday worship service. So once again, no Bible study.
I am not complaining. We live in a busy world, and very often and very easily, when our spiritual habits get compromised in some way, it becomes very easy to continue skipping. Try developing the habit of daily prayer, if you have not done so already. You’ll be doing fine for a few days, then there will be a temptation to skip. The next day, it will be even easier to skip. We do this with worship, too. We miss a Sunday and sometimes it can take a month or two to get back into the habit.
This is not a new habit. The writer of Hebrews addressed this in the first century:
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near (Hebrews 10:25-26).
We need regular fellowship. It is there we find encouragement, and the mutual building up of one another in the faith. When we get out of the habit of going to worship, Bible study or other meetings that build us up, we are certainly not better for it. We need each other for encouragement, and we need to the resources and equipping we find in the ministries of the church.
So, if you’re out of the habit, put it on your calendar and don’t let anything else squeeze it out. More errands, being busy, entertainment – nothing else will bless you like being built up in your faith in Christ.
See you soon!