It began one morning as any other day. Just some men sitting around the office, exchanging different thoughts on good coffee, God, and the plans of our day. Then someone asked, “Hey, how does God speak to us?” With this one small question God was sovereignly shaping our friendships into something with a more meaningful purpose. We opened the Word of God and four hours later knew it alone is where we hear His voice. As we read we encountered God, waiting there on the pages of Scripture, as the only way He has chosen to reveal His will in our day. Through His written, living Word. We spent the next several weeks discovering afresh texts like,
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NAS 16All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
2 Peter 1:21 …no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
Romans 15:4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
In a world seeking to “find” the will of God we learned that we held it in our hands. We discovered the real meaning of “inspiration” found only in 2 Timothy 3:16 and ONLY referring to His written Word. We saw the Scriptures alone revealing His will for our lives, the purpose of the Church, and His character rather than what our imaginations might have perceived Him to be like. That the early church felt so strongly about God’s voice being found only in the 66 books of Holy Scripture they canonized them, never to be added to again (Revelation 22:18-21). We now had a deep conviction to follow the command of Paul to “…never go beyond what is written” (1 Corinthians 4:6).
We understood why the reformers were willing to sacrifice their lives for His written Word. Because Scripture alone is the only infallible source of revelation. That our fallen emotions and experiences do not determine God’s will but rather His Word shapes these emotions rightly giving our experiences proper context. From this we fell in love not just with the Word of God, but with the God of the Word. God gave us the conviction the Bible reveals the mind of the divine expressed in Scripture alone molding all our thoughts and doctrine, our obedience and worship of Him.
From here three families began to meet weekly in homes to share the Word of God, edify each other, pray for our community and discover our giftedness to serve Him within our small body. It is our hope we will have an impact for the Gospel in the surrounding community of Denton, Texas, as faithful people to His Word. What Paul said so many years ago, rings true today,
1 Corinthians 15:1 NAS Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.