This Week's Bible Study
The Walk with the Word reading for the week beginning 7/12 is Ephesians 1-3. The featured Bible study is Ephesians 1 • Our Possessions in Christ. In a day when the false doctrine of the Faith-Prosperity Movement has taken hold among so many, a teaching promising material blessings in the here-and-now, Paul’s teaching on the wealth of blessings we have as Christians – spiritual blessings that are ours in Christ – stands out as quite a contrast.
This Month's Commentary
Although I’m going to discuss the Rapture, the number one obsession of End Times enthusiasts, I want to point out that this study approach is what I regularly use for all topics and terms. Because those who over-focus on prophecy alone tend to obsess over just one or two passages when it comes to End Times things such as the Rapture, they fail to apply all that the Word of God reveals about the subject. Just as I would survey the whole Bible to discuss how the Holy Spirit or some doctrinal issue works, the same approach needs to be pursued here.
[Read the full commentary, “The Whole Word of God on the Rapture”.]
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).