Monday, July 16, 2012

Oh the B-I-B-L-E

By Michael Johnson
     Most of us have sung this song for all of our lives. Bible classes and Vacation Bible Schools were the primary places we sang it. We still sing it today. We sing it most days at Little Hands Preschool. I always follow it by asking how many books are in the Bible? How many books are in the New Testament? How many books are in the Old Testament? It is refreshing to know how many of them are retaining those numbers.
     We are blessed with Bible teachers who really are Bible teachers. The Bible has been at the center of our education ministry. It begins in the infant class as the teachers pass around a Bible to those infants who are aided to touch it with their hands. By song and action, these little ones learn early the value of the Bible. We have even heard that sometimes the first word of some is Bible.
     This Bible emphasis continues through our adult classes where dedicated teachers glean great lessons steeped in Scripture. They are guided well by the team that plans and assigns the various topics. Truly, the Bible is the center of our education ministry. We “read and study and then obey, the B-I-B-L-E.”
     The authority of the Bible is the foundation upon which all of this is built. We hold to the view that whatever God permits, licenses, or authorizes is what we are going to practice and teach. If we have no authority for a teaching or a practice, then we do not and will not engage it. We “stand alone on the word of God, the BI-B-L-E.”
     Psalm 119 is a song of David about his view of the word of God. He declared that it was “…a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (verse 105) Only 8 verses out of 176 do not contain one of these words: precepts, law, ordinances, word, commandments, statute, judgments, or testimony. The Bible is our only eternal guide for life. Let us continue to teach our precious young ones and all the rest of us this valuable lesson.

- Michael Johnson; via
The Encourager, the weekly bulletin for the Calvert City church of Christ, Calvert City, KY.  Lance Cordle preaches for the congregation.  He may be contacted through the congregation's website:

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