Newsletter: February 3, 2016

Hello Church Family,

Let’s talk about love. In this, the commercialized month of love, I am planning to talk about four foundational evidences for the Christian’s love for God. These will not be exhaustive or exclusive, but they are exquisite…

Now, suppose we were having a conversation about a great number of things and one way or another the topic migrated toward marriage. Naturally, you began to ask me some basic questions about my wife. I could tell you the color of her hair, but I couldn’t tell you the color of her eyes. I could tell you she has given birth to two children, but I couldn’t tell you the nicknames she calls them. I could tell you what she is allergic to, but I couldn’t tell you her favorite dessert. As our conversation progressed, you moved on to ask questions about her past, her preferences, her aspirations, her routines, and so on, but all I could give you was blank stares coupled with a lot of “I don’t know’s.”

At this point you are very confused because you are aware my wife and I have been married for several years, but you finally work up the nerve to ask, “Why don’t you know more about your wife?” To which I reply, “I know she is a woman and that is all I need to know to be married to her.” In shock you retort, “I thought you said you loved her.” And I answer, “I do love her, but whoever said that means I have to know her?”

Hopefully at this point you think this scenario is ridiculous or you realize this would make for a miserable wife, marriage, and family. Why? Thriving relationships are fueled by a loving desire to know the other person. We don’t really love someone well if we don’t have a desire to know them.

Have you forgotten that God is a person? Do you think your initial saving knowledge about God is enough to have a blossoming relationship with Him? Do you read God’s Word routinely, repeatedly, deeply, expectantly? Don’t think to yourself that you really love God faithfully if you are not actively seeking to grow in your knowledge of Him through His Word.

Yes, there are difficult passages to understand. Yes, we cannot fully grasp the depth of some truths (e.g. the Trinity). Yes, this growth is difficult and requires discipline. But if we are Christians, we have been given the Holy Spirit who will guide, empower, and instruct us in order that we might grow in our knowledge of Him. How incredible is it that the God of the universe desires His people to know Him, allows Himself to be known, and enables us to know Him!

It certainly is important to know the basics of the Gospel and the Bible as a whole, but to stop there and think you have arrived or have all you need is to rob yourself of treasure—and dishonor God. The Bible is not primarily about “us.” The Bible is God’s special revelation of Himself, given in order that we might know Him. All of Scripture is God’s Word that He breathed out. Therefore, it demands our attention and meditation. Give yourself to the study of it and you will not be disappointed as you come to know God better and thereby love Him more ardently.

Colossians 1:9-10

Gentry