This Week's Bible Study
The Walk with the Word reading for the week beginning 5/24 is 1 Corinthians 7-9. The featured Bible study is 1 Corinthians 9 • The Privileges of Leadership. In the previous chapter Paul emphasized the example of Christ in the course of establishing the principle that Believers should do nothing that would offend a fellow Believer, especially the weaker ones. In this chapter he will use himself as an example of someone who had privileges but, for the sake of the Gospel, did not use them. In other words, when it comes to the priority and importance of living and preaching the Gospel, not even our privileges are to be pursued if they in any way hinder the Gospel.
This Month's Commentary
Daniel provided an explanation the night before it all came true, and yet Belshazzar and the Babylonian Empire continued to party that night, and Darius and the Medo-Persian Empire completely replaced them the very next day. I wonder how many Christians realize how powerful this “now you see it, now you don’t” supernatural way in which spiritual things suddenly take place on earth has been demonstrated in the CORVID-19 virus? This tiny thing— compared to the efficacy of End Times events to come— shut down the institution of the church in the first-world West in our time in nearly the same way.
[Read the full commentary, “The Speed of the Inevitably Obvious”.]
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).