This Week's Bible Study
This week's Walk with the Word reading is Genesis 12-17. The featured Bible study is "Genesis 16 • Less Than Ideal Circumstances".
There are many instances provided throughout Scripture that aren’t “fair” by most of our standards, but God uses and works through them just the same. The promises of God for this life do not advertise that every obstacle will be removed, every unfair situation averted, nor that there will never be “rough waters”; only that we can trust Him to keep and protect us through everything and be used by Him in every circumstance, both as a personal and public witness of His power, glory and sovereignty. Our walk has to endure less than ideal circumstances in order that HE may be exalted.
This Month's Commentary
This month's Walk with the Word commentar y is "A 'Bad' Christian vs. an 'Apostate' Christian".
We have entered a time when it is essential that we be able to distinguish between someone who has “fallen away”— that is, was once authentically saved but has now permanently walked away from Christ, and someone who is simply a “bad” Christian who is more in the character of the Prodigal Son— temporarily backslidden and can be restored. All too often it can be observed in online postings that someone who is probably and justifiably identified with sinful behavior is categorized as never having been saved in the first place. We seem to forgo the possibility that someone can be authentically saved and on the path to falling away from the faith or simply just a “bad” Christian.
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).