Message Scripture:  “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”  (John 15:9-11)

Introduction:

I came across this as I was reading one of my favorite mobile apps that delivers a daily Bible verse.  I quickly realized that while these verses weren’t part of our current series…this was going to be a bonus message to get us from having 169 total messages to the 170 message mark.  That’s right fans, friends and followers of Christlike Ministries NWA I have now written 170 Bible based messages…and just so you know…yes…that this is just the beginning.  There will be many more messages to come…but this one is a bonus message to complete the Why Read The Bible series…and it’s simply titled:  It’s How We Abide In Christ”.

Bonus Message:

The key word here is “abide”. One of the answers to the question we’ve asked throughout the “Why Read The Bible?” series is that when we “abide” in the Word of God…we’re abiding in Christ.

Before this series we had the opportunity to have Evangelist Josh Radford visit us, and preach an awesome message about “Abiding in Christ” at the church where I am fed and a part of New Life Christian Center in Centerton, Arkansas.  Here…below is a link to this message…a bonus message inside of the bonus message.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/23600250/Abiding%20in%20Him.mp3 “Abiding In Him” Evangelist Josh Radford

 
As I mentioned in the introduction these verses…nor this message were supposed to be part of the series, but when you rely upon the Holy Ghost like I do…then some times you get bonus messages or side journeys because there are things that the Holy Ghost is wanting to say, and therefore…I call this a bonus message…but it’s still part of this “Why Read The Bible” series.  Not only that, but  it does give us another reason reading the Bible is such an important part to our walk with God.  We just talked 0n Day 31 about this about how reading the Word of God is how we interact and encounter God.  Reading the Word of God is how we abide in Christ.  I don’t know about you, but Abiding in Christ is a good enough reason for me to read the Bible, but yet…the Holy Ghost felt it necessary for us to have to do a 32 day series about Why Read The Bible.  To be honest, I think it’s sad that we had to spend this much time on this topic, but obviously the Holy  Ghost wanted to speak this not just to you, but to me as well.
 
 
Listen. The Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us right? If that’s the case then the most obvious answer & purpose for reading the Bible is because it’s how we abide in Christ…because He is the Word made flesh…and whenever we make studying the Word of God a continual & consistent part of our lives…that means we’re spending time daily abiding in and with Christ.
 
 
I love knowing that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.  Because of that revelation…I have begun to like to refer to the Bible as Jesus Christ in book form.   Jesus Christ was God in the flesh and human form, and the Bible is Jesus Christ in book form.  So, anyone who says that you cannot physically touch or see God…if you will reach over to that coffee table or book shelf and blow the dust off of that book there…and pick it up…you will have your hands on the Word of God…but more importantly…you will be holding God in your hands.  How’s that for a stunning revelation about why the Bible is so important.  The Bible is Jesus in book form…and every time we open the Bible we are literally reading out of the mind of God.  So…the next time you think that dusty old Bible isn’t relevant to today’s society…you’re really saying that Jesus is irrelevant to today’s society…and I don’t know about anyone else…but I’m not willing to say that…Amen!?!  Come on, Christlike Ministries NWA Family…that’s what this means isn’t it?   In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God, and then a little further down we read that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.  Am I the only one who has come to the conclusion that when I hold the Bible in my hands I’m holding God in book form?  Is it really hard to come to that kind of conclusion?  Therefore…the Bible is Jesus in book form.
 
No, friends, I think that this has been a fantastic series full of reasons why reading the Bible is necessary for us…and frankly required of us.  I think that we’ve given plenty of good reasons, and now the only thing left is now that we’ve heard and read the Word…to respond and do something about the Word…like dust off our Bibles and start reading…Amen?
 
Conclusion:
 
I hope you’ve enjoyed this series as much as I have.  I hope you enjoy the bonus message by Evangelist Josh Radford recorded at my church.  I know that I like to listen to it again from time to time to be reminded about the importance of Abiding In Him…and now that we’ve been through this series we know that the main way we abide in Christ is by Reading the Word of God…Amen?
 
 
Well, this officially concluded the “Why Read The Bible?” 32 Day Series.  Thank you to all who have been a part of this series, and I hope to see you back again for the next one…”Living The Surrendered Life” starting Monday, June 26, 2012.
 
 

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.” (1 Corinthians 16:23-24)
Blessing & Grace to you
Bryan J. Kizer