Why Read the Bible? (Day 26 of 32) “Passing Them on to Others”
Today’s Scripture: “ And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” 2 Timothy 2:2
Well, you can’t really talk about why we read the Bible without talking about something that we know is near and dear to God’s heart. The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV) tells us to go into all the world teaching…and making disciples…of all nations. Paul writes about it here to Timothy about “teach others”.
Not only is reading the Bible important for our own growth and maturity in the Word of God, but so that we can in return take what we’ve learned and teach others. That’s what Christlike Ministries NWA is all about. Equipping the saints to do the work of the ministry. How in the world can we equip the saints if we don’t know or read the Word of God…what else is there to equip them with?
I’m not even through with the introduction, and I know this is gonna be a good message. So, let’s get in to the message for today…”Passing Them On To Others”.
A couple of messages or so ago I brought up the parable about the man who had so much corn that rather than share the excess of corn he had…he decided to tear down his barn that was sufficient to feed him and his family…and build another barn big enough to hold the surplus. I said in that message that a lot of us (myself included) have the tendency to become spiritual hoarders when it comes to knowledge, understanding, wisdom, and revelation we have received from either personal study or hearing the Word of God.
Friends, God doesn’t allow us to have revelation solely for us to keep to ourselves. Listen, if there was ever anyone who had excess of revelation it was Paul. Can you imagine what would’ve happened if instead of writing two-thirds of the New Testament he would’ve kept all of the revelation, knowledge, wisdom, and understanding he had? Do we know that there was another man so qualified with knowledge than Paul? I mean, I am certain that if it wouldn’t have been Paul that God would’ve raised up another person who He could’ve imparted such revelation to, but take a moment to kind of chew on thought for a minute while I go and warm up my coffee.
So, what came to your mind? I know what came to mine. I’m so thankful to God that Paul shared what God imparted to him. I’m glad that we have Romans through Philemon…aren’t you? Can you imagine what the Bible would be like without Paul’s writings?
That’s exactly what we do, though. I’m included in the “we” as well. For those of us who don’t go to church to socialize, but actually have an encounter with God and receive revelation knowledge in the Word of God…and study our Bibles on a regular basis. We take our notebooks, we take our notes, and as we learn and apply the Word of God to our lives…get results…have our faith grow…and have our wisdom and understanding grow…and most of us keep that to ourselves when there is a lost and dying world of not just unbelievers, but lukewarm…backslidden Christians who are perishing for their lack of knowledge. Knowledge of what? The Word of God.
The Bible talks about how we are blessed to be a blessing, but so many of us when it comes to revelation knowledge of the Word of God become spiritual hoarders. Not only do we not take anytime at all to preach the gospel to the lost, but we also don’t take any time to disciple others. We are totally ignoring the command from our Commander and Chief…and I’m not talking about the President of the United States. I’m talking about OUR Commander and Chief…Our Commanding General…the Commissioned One…Jesus Christ our Lord, our Savior, Our Commander, Our Chief…the One who said go into all the world preaching, teaching, and making disciples.
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” Jesus said in Mark 16:15-16. But we don’t do that we build ourselves bigger barns, and keep the knowledge we have to ourselves instead of sharing it with a world that is starved and hungry for the Word of God. Yes, I know many people are going to reject the Word…Jesus said that if the world rejected Him then they will reject us too, but He never said that since the world was going to reject us that it was okay for us to keep what we know to ourselves did He?
No, friends, part of our job as Christians whether we want to or not is to disciple others. We’re to be “teaching others” about our knowledge, our wisdom, our understanding, and our revelation of the Word of God. The two places that Jesus tells us to go into all the world here in Matthew 28 and Mark 16…these aren’t suggestions…they are commandments.
See, that’s what this ministry is all about. This is what we’re doing to share our knowledge, our wisdom, our understanding and our revelation of the Word of God. I can no longer keep the revelation I have to myself because Christlike Ministries NWA is a discipleship ministry. Our vision and mission is to this point.
THE VISION: of this ministry is simple. My heart is to share the love of God with you, introduce those of you who don’t know God to Him, and help those of you who do know Him…to know Him better. – The Vision of Christlike Ministries NWA by Bryan J. Kizer
THE MISSION: To assist believers in developing their relationship with Christ through Bible study, prayer, and worship. Building quality believers so that they can experience God in a more intimate way. The Mission of Christlike Ministries NWA by Bryan J. Kizer
Building quality believers so that they can experience God in a more intimate way. Ephesians 4:12 is our mandate. “Equipping the saints for the work of the ministry.” Do you know what that is? That’s discipleship. That’s what this ministry and all the messages we write are about. That’s why we’re taking on this 32 day series about “Why Read The Bible?”. We’re about The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV).
I am thrilled to know that there are people in other parts of the world following Christlike Ministries NWA. There are pastor’s in India, Sierra Leone, and all throughout the United States that are following Christlike Ministries NWA. That means we’re reaching people in other parts of the world. I never imagined that I would see the day when I would impact other parts of the world. When I started this ministry my vision was actually quite limited. I figured that most of my Facebook friends, family, and people I knew would become fans and followers. But now, I see that we’re attracting interest from people in other countries, and that’s got me excited beyond belief that what I’m writing is impacting people in other nations.
What an honor! What a joy it is to know that I’m impacting the world, and it’s all because I answered the call to share what I know about the Word of God through writing these messages. I don’t have to go on a mission trip to India…I have a couple pastor’s over there who are reading the messages I write. I don’t have to go to South Africa because there’s people there reading these messages. I’m reaching people here at home in the States, and in other countries. There are even people in the United Kingdom that are following along.
Hallelujah! That’s amazing to me. I never even imagined that I’d have a global impact, but I am. All I have is a mandate and ordination from God…and I’m doing what He’s called me to do…and now I’m impacting other nations…the Holy Spirit is reaching other nations through what I’m writing under inspiration of the Holy Ghost…is that awesome or what?
It just goes to show friends that what’s needed are people who are willing to do whatever they can to share the knowledge of the Word. People all over the world are starving for the Word of God. What if I would’ve just thumbed my nose at God, and decided not to follow through with this? Now I have the question of what if I didn’t do this…who would reach those I’m reaching? I am sure they are following other ministries too, but just to know that they are following Christlike Ministries NWA is awesome.
So, who are the others that you can teach? Are you in the midst of building a bigger barn…or are you sharing what you have with others? Don’t answer that question for me…answer it for yourself. We Read The Bible, friends…so that we can take what we know and “teach others”. Amen?
Points for Pondering:
“ And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2
- What are we to do with God’s Word?
- What does it look like in your life to teach the Word of God?
Conclusion & Prayer:
Well, as we wind down this series it’s sure getting to be pretty good isn’t it? I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series, and I’ve been challenged and convicted right along with you. You do know that I am writing these messages to myself just as much as I’m writing them for you…right? I go back and read the messages I write myself. Not just to see how good they are, but because sometimes I don’t even know what I write…so I have to go back and read my own messages so that I can get revelation from them too.
We’ve been doing this for 6 months now, and what fun it’s been. It’s exciting to have people in other countries following this ministry. It’s exciting every time I see a new follower whether it’s here on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, or visitors to our website. I remember in the beginning how I’d beg and plead with people to “like” our Facebook page, and now there are almost 50 fans. If you follow us here on WordPress, and you’re on Facebook…please take the time to “like” our page…and if you have one let me know…I will “like” your page as well.
Heavenly Father, thank You for helping Christlike Ministries NWA to reach the world for You. Lord, I admit that my vision for what You were calling me to was smaller than Yours, but You have turned this ministry into something I never even imagined. Thank You for the ability to write, and thank You for speaking through what I write. Thank You that we’re discipling people not only here in the United States, but other nations as well. I never imagined that I’d be preaching and teaching to nations, but Your vision is always larger than ours. I thank You, Lord that You have a greater vision than I do. Please continue to draw people to Christlike Ministries NWA, and help us to have a global impact that will cause people to come to You. Help me, Lord, to continue to reach nations. I thank You that the Holy Spirit can use me to reach the nations, and I thank You for continued growth, and maturity. I am so very thankful that You can take someone like me…and use me to advance Your kingdom. What an honor it is to write for You, Lord. Please bless each reader. Please give them hearts to receive, and the ability to understand all that is within each message I write (even the ones that are hard to read). Please help me to become a better writer message by message, and thank You for being with me. I love You so very much…and I give YOU all the glory, all the honor and all the praise because this ministry, Lord God isn’t about me at all…it’s all about You…and so You deserve all the honor, glory, and praise…because it’s Yours. In Jesus’ name…Amen & Amen.