The Word is more than words

This past Saturday I attended a Youth Specialties training event with 4 other youth leaders from GGCC and a couple hundred leaders from the Denver metro area from various churches, denominations and youth organizations. The primary focus of the day was “The Bible: Bring It On!” The day was filled with ideas for helping the Bible come alive to students (and all of us.)

Some quotes from the presentation:

  • “The Word is more than words: it has inherent power; it’s alive!
  • “There are a combination of factors that cause the Bible to be more like a conversation partner than a book of facts, stories and moral principles.”

As the Graduation and Confirmation of Faith Rite of Passage celebrations are coming up, I am reflecting on how we pass on the faith. Where is the Bible in our lives? Where is the Bible in the lives of our young people.  If the Bible isn’t in our lives, it certainly isn’t going to be in the lives of young people.

The Word is more than words: it’s the story of God’s interaction with God’s creation.

  • We don’t just know the Bible, it knows us.
  • We don’t just believe the Bible, we live it’s truth.
  • We don’t just explain the Bible, it explains us.
  • We don’t just talk truth, we walk truth.”

Where is your Bible? When do you turn to it? What are the roles of scripture in your life? How does the Bible know you?  How does it explain you?  Does it help us to live and walk truth?  May we spend some time reflecting on these questions.  I invite you to the comment section on the GGCC website below this devotion to write your responses and comments.

God, you spoke creation into being – may we hear the words you might speak to us this day. Amen.

“The Lord exists forever; your word is firmly fixed in heaven. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.” Psalm 119:89-90

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Kim wrote:
I got stuck on the first question....where is your bible? One thing that has changed for me in the past 4 or 5 years is that, more and more often, I'm reading my bible on my computer. I use several times a week....and much more often than I dig into a paper copy of the bible (even though I have several). Isn't it cool that we can find the bible on our computer, and on iphone apps, and in all the other places we spend our time?

Tue, May 12, 2009 @ 6:09 PM

2. Lois wrote:
If the Bible is God's living word I know I'm called to try to live it's principles. If through water and the word we are called I know God's spirit walks with us. When I see the love and committment in God's people for the journey, it's encouragement to keep on traveling what is often a path that brings us face to face with things we would rather not see in ourselves and in others. Thanks be to God for his word and his love and it's ability to transform lives.

Wed, May 13, 2009 @ 7:56 AM

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