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Do we practice God’s word?

December 12, 2007

Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22)

Right or Wrong?

In this day and age where absolutes are not acceptable and questioning things is seen as dissension are we as Christians living by this verse? Do we put it into practice? Paul instructs us to examine, test and prove what we believe, not to just accept the word of a pastor, or a doctrine because it has been taught by our church. 

In Acts 17 Paul left Thessalonica and moved to Berea. Verse 11 says, “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” The Bereans wanted to know what Paul said and tested it to be make is was true. They studied the scriptures themselves but also studied the Word to know what it said and meant. It was important for them to know not only what they believed, but to know exactly why they believed it!

Paul encourages us to examine what we believe and why, and to discern the difference between good and evil. Today many will tell us to there is truth in a variety of places, so how do we go about examining and proving our beliefs? Where do we start? I think the first place to start is by knowing God’s word, not just a verse here and there, but to know enough context around what the Bible says and to see themes repeated through the scriptures to know what is and is not God’s heart for us.

Are we just believing doctrine, or are we seeking to live in a way that practices God’s word?

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