This Week's Bible Study
The Walk with the Word reading for the week beginning 11/8 is Colossians 3-4. The featured Bible study is Colossians 3 • Putting It Into Practice. Up to this point in Colossians Paul has been dealing with one of the primary theological issues of his day wherein false teaching gives Christ a place of eminence in the scheme of things, but falls well short of attributing to Him preeminence as the head over all things from which everything else is derived. Having established that Christ must be preeminent in all things doctrinally, Paul takes it a step further to show that Christ must also be preeminent in our lives personally. In chapter 3 Paul not only makes it an issue of paramount personal importance, but teaches that this must be revealed in our Christian fellowship, our family relationships, and even in the daily workplace. As with all biblical doctrine, the theological must intersect with the practical.
This Month's Commentary
In the secular business world, seminars are held to train employees in conflict management. This is the world’s wisdom for the perceived correct way to handle a breakdown between almost anyone, customer and co-worker alike. Most Christians (in the West, at least) gravitate to this thinking as well. They may know that Christians are to love both their neighbor and their enemy, but when coming into conflict with either one, most of us defer to the world’s ways. Scripture, and particularly the Psalms, have a wealth of instruction to the contrary.
[Read the full commentary, “Biblical Conflict Management”.]
Overview of Walk with the Word
Walk with the Word is based on the belief that the best way to know God personally is to experience Him through His Word. How does experiencing God personally through His Word happen? It happens when we allow Him to "speak" to us through His Word. We believe that every Christian is capable of hearing God speak through His Word if they will devote the time and effort. Too few Christians today are truly experiencing God through His Word because they have assumed that the attaining of facts and knowledge about God's Word is sufficient.
Knowledge of God's Word is important; without it we would not know about God. However, facts, information, doctrine and theology do not always put us in touch with God; they do not automatically connect us to God personally. Knowledge about God does not necessarily translate into knowledge of God experientially. Facts and information about God's Word may be one step so as to know God, but is only one step towards God.
Walk with the Word provides a systematic method for reading through the Bible every 3-1/3 years. The program is designed to be implemented by churches on a church-wide basis, as a small group ministry, or for the individual. Teaching through the Bible every 3 years is not for the mere purpose of completing a noble task, but to learn how to personally apply the whole Word of God.
Walk with the Word primarily focuses on three things:
- (1) To receive the Word (accurately understand the Bible and be able to interact with it on a personal level, to the point that God speaks to the heart);
- (2) To live the Word ("flesh out" God's Word to the point that the truth permeates every aspect of the believer's life, affecting decision-making, behavior and relationships); and,
- (3) To spread the Word (share the good news found in God's Word with pre-Christians, and help them to receive the Word and begin living the Word).