Volume. XVIII, No. 30
Sunday, 25 January 2004

The Word of God

“Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
– James 1:22

The Lord leads Christians through His Word. When a Christian asks, “How can I know God’s will for my life?”, he should first of all go to the Word of God and pray, “Lord, ‘Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law’” (Psalm 119:18).

Charles Dickens said, “The New Testament is the very best book that ever was or ever will be known in the world.” The Bible is a wonderful book, given by inspiration of God. Let us note the seven wonders of the Word of God.

1. The wonder of its formation — the way in which it grew is one of the mysteries of time.

2. The wonder of its unification — a library of 66 books, yet one book.

3. The wonder of its age — most ancient of all books.

4. The wonder of its sale — best-seller of all time and of any other book.

5. The wonder of its interest — only book in the world read by all classes of people.

6. The wonder of its language — written largely by uneducated men, yet the best book from a literary standpoint.

7. The wonder of its preservation — the most hated of all books, yet it continues to exist.

The Word of God is “quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). Thank God for His Word that has guided believers ever since it was written. Here are some thoughts as to how the Bible is to be read. God’s Word should be read:

1. Prayerfully — ask the Spirit of God to meet your heart’s need as you read.

2. Thoughtfully — think about the meaning and implications of what you are reading.

3. Carefully — take careful note not only of the words that are used but also of how they relate to one another.

4. Repeatedly — it may be of great help to read the same portion over daily for a month’s time. This is a good way for its words to take root in your heart. If you are reading a short book, read it every day. Divide longer books into manageable portions of two or three chapters and read that portion through every day.

5. Extensively — sometimes it is of great help to read large portions of the Word of God through at one sitting. If you do this, do it at a time when you are alert and not likely to be disturbed during your reading.

6. Regularly — it is good to have a particular time every day when you habitually give yourself to the reading of the Word of God.

7. Faithfully — inevitably there will be days when you will fail to read the Bible. Do not let your momentary lapse discourage you. Faithfully resume your practice of reading God’s Word.

8. Obediently — because the Bible is God’s Word written to you, it is essential to obey it.

The last point is by no means the least. As a matter of fact, it is probably the most important, for it makes no sense to read the Bible prayerfully, thoughtfully, carefully, etc., if we don’t obey it. As James put it, “Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22). Let us, therefore, put God’s Word into practice in our daily lives that God may be glorified in all we do.

With love in Christ and prayers,
Rev. Edward Paauwe

More Lively Hope



1. Shorter Catechism Question No. 31: What benefits do they that are effectually called partake of in this life? They that are effectually called do in this life partake of justification, adoption, and sanctification, and the several benefits which in this life do either accompany or flow from them.

2. Please continue to pray for Sis. Myung Ki, Rev. Peter Clements, Bro. Brutus Balan, Rev. E. Stone, Rev. George van Burren, Mrs Irene Turner, Sis. Aranka Rejtoe, and Sis. Susan Varadi. “And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowlegde, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:19).

3. Thank God for granting journey mercies to Bro. John Wong (Brisbane), Bro. Leonard Teo and Bro Peter Ting and family (Sydney).

4. Please pray for journey mercies for Pastor Ki, Sis. Myung and Bro. Daniel and Samuel Ki (Adelaide), Rev. Edward and Sis. Lehia Paauwe (Singapore), Sis. Lisa Zhu (Melbourne), Sisters Wendy Wong, Corinne and Bro. Jason Teng (Adelaide).

5. Please continue to pray for the Mission Team in Cambodia - Rev. and Mrs Ki, Daniel and Samuel.

6. Praise and Thank God for Rev. Edward and sister Lehia Paauwe for their ministry at Hope BPC. May the Lord guide them and keep them safe in their travels to Singapore, Cambodia and Perth.

7. Greetings and Thanks from Preacher Chang to Hope BPC for the love gifts and support in the Mandarin Ministry in Kompong Som.

8. Roster for next quarter is on the literature table. Please collect your copy.

9. Flower roster: Those willing to provide flowers for Worship Services in the sanctuary in 2004, please fill in the roster found on the literature table.

10. Membership/Baptism Service will be held in February. Those wishing to be baptised or become members, please write and send your testimonies to Pastor Ki.



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