A while ago it hit me. I want to do more. I want to do more to impact people with God’s Word. Sunday morning isn’t enough. I want to teach more. The people in the pews aren’t enough. I want to reach and serve more.
And so a desire to bring God’s people into God’s Word through daily prayers, through reading plans, and now a podcast were born. It is my prayer and my purpose to do what I can to teach, to preach, and to equip God’s people for living a life for Jesus, so that you are thoroughly equipped for every good work, so that you’re ready for life. It is also my prayer and my purpose to do all I can to preach Jesus to you so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ. There are lots of things I could teach you about living for God now. But my main concern is that I might be able to teach you about living with God for all eternity.
I want the words that CS Lewis writes in The Last Battle to be yours. The Last Battle is the final book in the series ‘The Chronicles of Narnia.” As the title suggests, it tells the story of the last battle. It is a battle between characters who resemble the anti-Christ and the hosts of hell fighting in the final battle against the followers of Aslan, i.e. those who believe in Jesus. It pictures the final battle that John describes in Revelation. One by one those who believe in the one true God enter through the door into eternity. In the moment when they die and enter through that door, they don’t know what is on the other side. But as they pass through that door, one by one, they say things like this: “I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it til now… come further up, come further in!” - The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. After entering through that door they realize and learn that there is always more to be explored, always more to see and experience.
Though CS Lewis was describing what we might experience in heaven, we can say the same thing about the Bible and our study of it. There is always more for us to learn, always more to see, to study, to experience. We can continue to go further up and further into God’s Word. We can continue to grow closer and closer to our God. We can learn to walk in a tighter and tighter walk with him.
I want to invite you this to come further up and further in to God’s Word with me. And my prayer in doing it is this: At the end of our lives, I want what CS Lewis wrote to be true for you: “All their life in this world and all their adventures had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”
This is what I hope, with God’s strength and as he will’s it to prepare and provide.
1) A weekly podcast, slowly walking through a book of the Bible. It will be called, “Further Up and Further in.” We’ll start in 2018 with the book of 1 Peter. Posted here: https://my242church.com/sermons/
2) I will provide daily readings and a prayer that will walk along with the podcast and a study of 1 Peter. Posted here: https://my242church.com/daily-prayer/. Sign up here to get this emailed to you: http://eepurl.com/cuZcHz
3) If you want to cover more of the Bible – Go! Get after it! – I will also provide here a reading plan that will get you through the whole Bible in one year.
4) I will provide 6 days of readings and prayers. I pray that the seventh day will be a day of rest in God’s house where and when we will gather for worship and meditation together.
God bless our time in his Word as we go further up and further in there.
God bring us by faith into an eternity with him where we will enjoy an eternity of “further up and further in.”