This Week's Bible Study
This week's Walk with the Word reading is Job 1-7. The featured Bible study is Job 6 • Who Is Really Being Tested?
One of the most valuable lessons from these pages is not just how we must faithfully cling to God’s Word when undergoing trials in the character of Job, but equally how we must cling to God’s Word when getting involved in the character of Job’s friends. But what often betrays a failure to do so is when, in the course of our own engagement in the process, we become more concerned about ourselves than them. This can be seen when someone speaks presenting biblical advice or quoting Scripture, which instead of applying to the situation is a way to talk about and justify themselves. As it turns out, Job is not the only one being tested, and so it is in the course of real life. The comforters are being tested just as much as the afflicted.
This Month's Commentary
This month's Walk with the Word commentary is "An Organic Imposter"
Very often we seem to witness those who confuse the biblical roles of a prophet with that of a watchman. I’m not referring to bad guys such as false prophets or false teachers, but good guys with good intentions. This is most often seen when they advertise their ministry or activity as a “prophecy update” when, in reality, it is a “watchman’s update”. The content of their report does not directly connect to nor confirm a verbatim passage of God’s prophetic Word but does draw a different parallel to a current event and the violation of doctrine or a biblical principle. This month’s Walk with the Word commentary is focused on a current event which may eventually lead to the fulfillment of larger prophetic issues but is nonetheless a biblical watchman’s warning for the present environment.
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).