Wednesday, March 14, 2007

More than "applying" the Bible

The real power of the Word doesn’t come by gouging out bits and pieces from the Bible and “applying it to our lives.” Application is, by definition, a thin, surface contact. We come to know the Word’s power by throwing ourselves into its depth, taking it into our hearts, and allowing it to do its work on us from the inside out. That transformation requires deep, sustained interaction with the Scriptures and God’s people. I want my heart and mind to be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ (Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 3:18), and I want to encourage my brothers and sisters in Christ to do the same.

(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley

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