Katherine Weber, Christian Post reporter, wrote recently of how Billy Graham valued the Bible. Reverend Graham's view is that no other book is as important as the Bible and Christians need to make an effort to understand it.
City Life has begun an ambitious program to read through the whole Bible in 90 days together. We're using the B90 program developed by Scripture Awakening. Their website has several testimonials of people who have done it, some more than 10 times! I've been encouraged this past week by comments from various members about the readings because it indicates to me that people are actually participating!
Our hope and prayer is that this will help to build mature disciples of Christ who, as Paul admonished his protege Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:15, will prove to be effective ministers of God.
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. (NASB)
This is a sermon in itself, but some of the outcomes we desire for our church family are:
That we will gain a Biblical worldview that guides our choices and direction in life;
That we see and cooperate with God’s will for us, with the aid of the Holy Spirit, as we read of the events recorded for us from Genesis through Revelation;
And that ultimately, we are transformed in our character by having His Word become life in us.
As with any endeavor, there are many distractions that can deter us from staying the course. Sometimes we can think ourselves into failure by citing the reasons we can fail, and perhaps never get out of the starting gates. I like Robert H. Schuller’s attitude:
I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.