God has given us his word in the form of Scripture—the Old and New Testaments that make up our Bible. In the stories of the Bible, in its commands and teaching, in the examples of those who have gone before and lived faithful lives, and—especially—in the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, we have a rich source of wisdom, guidance, instruction, training, and encouragement. By growing our roots deep into the Bible—reading, studying, memorizing, applying—we connect to a major source of spiritual nutrition. If you want to grow up into a mature, Christ-like disciple, you will make intimate knowledge of Scripture a priority in your life.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2Tim 3:16-17)

Of course, feeding on God’s word requires some effort on our part. God will not pour his Scriptures into our ears as we sleep. Reading, study, prayer, and application are the “knives and forks” with which we take God’s words into our lives. Only you can decide how intently to feed on God’s word. As a church, however, we have a responsibility to provide opportunities for you to grow deep in Scripture. We cannot provide your motivation and diligence—your hunger to know the Bible—but we can and should provide a variety of ways in which you can feed on God’s word if you want.

To that end, the North Central Church will be using the pulpit, Bible classes, small groups, and other settings to help all of us understand and apply Scripture. We encourage you to develop the habit of daily Bible reading. We want to promote “hiding God’s word in our hearts” (Ps 119:11) through repetition and memorization. We advocate the use of Scripture to guide your prayers and mediations.

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