“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Question for the Day: How committed are we, as a church, to knowing and understanding the Bible?
We begin talking today about Wesley’s quadrilateral, his means of interpreting the work of God and his own theology. As United Methodists, we adhere to Wesley’s teachings and use the same approach to leading the individuals in our churches to define their own relationships with Him.
Mr. Wesley believed in looking at all circumstances through the lens of 4 perspectives: 1. Is it supported by scripture? 2. Have we witnessed the same in the history of our church? 3. Is it reasonable? (Does it make sense?) 4. Does this fit my previous experiences with God?
By asking these four questions, we can come to develop our own story with God, for each is different. It gives us an intellectual as well as an emotional basis for discerning the work of God in our lives and where He may lead us.
Scripture is the primary source for Christian theology. It is where God reveals Himself to the world. Scripture contains the witness of God’s work and relationship with the world through the Hebrew people, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the witness of the apostles and the early church. The Bible contains God’s word of love, freedom, healing, compassion, justice and hope for a world that is hurting and oppressed by the powers of sin and death. It is God’s story of love and justice for the world into which God invites us to find our story, where it intersects with God and God’s project of forgiveness, healing, and liberation.
As one of our most basic principles, if an idea or belief is in direct conflict with the Word, then it is not something we support or teach.
Thank You for blessing us with Your Holy Word. Your revelation to us is something we can count on. It is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Thank You for allowing me to live in a place where Your Word can be read freely and is accessible in so many different forms. Please forgive me for my lack of commitment to reading the Bible. I pray, that in Your grace, You will fill me with a hunger and thirst for Your Word, and that You will reveal Yourself to me through it. Help me, Lord, to know You better.
In Jesus’ name I pray,