Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.
Do you really use your Bible as much as you ought?
The theme for Women's Ministry for 2011-2012 is "The Word of God." Women's Ministry at Bethlehem is offering 19 different Bible studies for women this fall, beginning this week. It is easy to learn more about these classes and register online. Need encouragement?
Bishop J.C Ryle (1816-1900) exhorts us to use our Bible, to arm ourselves with the weapons God has given us:
You live in a world where your soul is in constant danger. Enemies are round you on every side. Your own heart is deceitful. Bad examples are numerous. Satan is always laboring to lead you astray. Above all false doctrine and false teachers of every kind abound. This is your great danger.
To be safe you must be well armed. You must provide yourself with the weapons which God has given you for your help. You must store your mind with Holy Scripture. This is to be well armed.
Arm yourself with a thorough knowledge of the written word of God. Read your Bible regularly. Become familiar with your Bible. . . . Neglect your Bible and nothing that I know of can prevent you from error if a plausible advocate of false teaching shall happen to meet you. Make it a rule to believe nothing except it can be proved from Scripture. The Bible alone is infallible. . . . Do you really use your Bible as much as you ought?
Our Fall Kick-Off is just a few days away. Please consider joining us on Friday, September 16 for "The Word of God: Our Living Hope." The evening of prayer, worship and testimony begins at 7:00 pm (You may bring your own box lunch/dinner to the fellowship that begins at 6:00pm, unless you have already purchased a dinner ticket.)