Today our pastor preached his final message in his series from 2 Kings in a sermon entitles “Rest In God’s Promise”. Since starting his sermon series of preaching book by book, chapter by chapter, and verse by verse through the bible on Sunday mornings, it is the 12th book he has completed. When my wife and I joined the church in 2018, he was in the 4th book of the bible, Numbers.
In second Timothy, Paul instructs to “preach the word”. In Acts 20:27 we see Paul giving the example to “declare unto you all the counsel of God.”, or as the NLT puts it “for I didn’t shrink from declaring all that God wants you to know.” The bible does not contain endless knowledge, it does contain the things of God that he wasn’t us to know about him, his purpose, his power, his glory, and his future promise. It’s important that this full message of scripture is read and preached.
To undertake preaching through the entire bible book by book is no small task. Even more difficult is to bring out so much treasure sometime even from a single verse. To some the number of years that it’s taken our pastor to preach the number of books he has may seem to be long; to be truthful he very well could still be in Genesis. The depth and richness of God’s word is partly why we shouldn’t just only read and study it in a service on Sunday mornings in a church setting. Reading scripture should be a part of our daily lives. What it teaches should be come out in our conversation and actions. It’s so much easier said than done, but the more we study it, the more naturally it can become to live it out.