This Week's Bible Study
The Walk with the Word reading for the week beginning 3/29 is Mark 6-10. The featured Bible study is Mark 8 • The Work of the Suffering Servant. To be sure, the Parable of the Sower is central to Christ’s teaching and referred to many times in many ways throughout the Epistles; but we need to exercise caution and not just study it by itself but in context with the other parables and events Mark provides. These parables, and the event they would later in the day experience on the Sea of Galilee, are all parts of an overall teaching about the working of God’s Word. This is actually a kind of “life cycle”, if you will, of the complete working of God’s Word as it is first planted in us and changes us to the point that we in turn are planting the Word on His behalf.
This Month's Commentary
Believers are to live in fear of the One who has control not just of events in this life but the next. “He shall be your fear, And He shall be your dread”. God’s people are not supposed to live in fear or dread of the things which are the object of the world’s attention, but those things which are the object of God’s attention. The world sees conspiracies and shadows where there are none and yet acts upon them out of their own fear and dread. We can easily join in with the world to share their fear and dread, but to live faithfully according to His Word means to possess a completely different perspective.
[Read the full commentary, “He Shall Be Your Fear”.]
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).