This Week's Bible Study
This week's Walk with the Word reading is Exodus 13-18. The featured Bible study is "Exodus 14 • The Final Sign of the Exodus".
At the end of all things awaits God’s Final Judgment. For those that accept Him it will be the ultimate act of life and salvation; for those that reject Him the Second Death of eternal separation and darkness. The exodus of Israel from Egypt is a teaching of how the things of God work salvation for His people and destruction for His enemies. It’s a process wherein EVERYONE on every side of the equation is faced with making a personal choice as to how to recognize God’s authority and whether or not to join or reject Him. Just as baptism is a sign intended to announce to the world that one has permanently left the old life to pursue only the new in Christ, so Israel underwent a type of baptism.
This Month's Commentary
This month's Walk with the Word commentary is "Christian Meditation"
English translations of the Bible contain in excess of 775,000 words from the original Greek and Hebrew, each authored by God. And, of course, we are commanded to obey and put into personal practice His entire Word. How is that possible? Fortunately, one of the unique things about Scripture is that it not only contains God’s requirements but explains how to achieve them. In this case, it must be noted that Scripture rarely states to merely read God’s Word but most often asserts to meditate on it
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).