This Sunday, we'll be looking at Nehemiah 8:1-10 (selected verses will be read in worship, but it's this whole section) and Luke 4:14-21. Both of these passages illustrate important and intense experiences of scripture being read and interpreted within the worshiping community. As you think about worship this week, I wonder if you would think about the last time (or any time) you wept when you heard scripture read and/or interpreted to you. How does the Word of God change your life? When you read scripture or hear someone else read it, are you willing to let it change you? Do you believe the Word transforms people and makes us into the creations God intends for us to be? Do you believe the Word has something to say to you right now, in this moment? Do you believe the Word is alive? Is it alive in your life? If not, what would it take to make it so? How will you seek God in the Word this week and let God change you through the Word?
If you are seeking ways to get into the word more, I invite you to attend Bible study at Bethel Church at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays or at Huckleberry Springs Administrative Center and Chapel at 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays, and to join us at French Broad Church at 9:00 a.m. on Sundays for Sunday School or at Bethel Church at 10:00 a.m. for Sunday School.
Many blessings to you, as you let the word shape you this week!
P.S. A great book on this topic is Shaped By The Word by M. Robert Mulholland, Jr., published by Upper Room Books in 2000.