Sin is a sticky, entangling web that traps and blinds those who live in it. In this lab, Pastor John reminds us of the glorious truth that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Principle for Bible Reading
Turn Bible Study into Prayer
We all need to be reminded from time to time that the Bible is not a text to be merely dissected, analyzed, and mined for new insights. God dissects us through his Word: “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
Therefore our Bible study must be inseparable from prayer. Our engagement with a text is not complete when we understand the passage. Pray God’s Word. Pray prayers inspired by God’s Word. Pray that God would change you by his Word.
- How have you sought to change in the past? What has worked? What hasn’t?
- From the context, what is the freedom that comes from the Lord in 2 Corinthians 3:17? What does this freedom have to do with us changing?
- How does 2 Corinthians 3:18 instruct us to change? How can you gaze upon his glory this week?