The Bible is not just a book, or any book. It is The Book. Our Bibles are living and breathing words from our God, and applying Scripture allows those words to reside in us. As we apply Scripture to any situation in our lives, we apply truth to it and allow God's power to wash over us.
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
2 Timothy 3:16-17
The way of prayer is truly the way of life. Let us give ourselves to prayer! Jesus prayed much even though He was God’s only begotten Son from eternity past. He offered up prayers with cries and tears. Prayer is an opportunity to spend time with God. To really understand the heart of God, you need to pray. (John 15:15)
God's Word reveals to us why we pray. God delights to hear our prayers, and Jesus modeled prayer for us when He walked this earth.
When we pray for and seek the Kingdom of God, we are also praying for the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God in our lives. This is when Jesus is in charge in us and through us. Jesus said, “For indeed, the Kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21), where He was speaking of Himself. When you are under Jesus’ lordship, that is the Kingdom of God. It is not rules and regulations, but “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17).
Embracing the Mission of Christ
The Greatest Commandment
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' "
The Great Commission
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Who is a disciple of Christ?
One who is assured of his salvation (John 3:16) and is activated by the indwelling Holy Spirit (John 14:26-27);
One who is growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior (2 Peter 3:18); and
One who shares Christ's burden for the lost souls of men and women (Matthew 9:37-38).