The goal of bible study is to apply the truth of Scripture to life. It must produce life change. The ultimate goal of our life changing experience is to be Christlike. Romans 8:29 – “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” Conforming also means to leave the immature aspects of our new life and grow toward a holy praxis. Heb. 6:1 – “Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity”
The problem is: the more knowledgeable we become about a subject matter, the greater the temptation will be to expound more on doctrinal and content areas forgetting obedience as the measure of success.
We must always ask God to give us the heart to apply truth . . . to be obedient to His Word.
We need to move on after knowing the Word and our need to what can be. Here are 4 questions we can ask ourselves: Is there something I should:
- start doing?
- stop doing?
- strengthen doing?
- switch doing?
In other words – change is happening. Change can be evident when we see it in behavior . . . or an attitude begins to emerge, or decisions are made, or spiritual fruit is being produced.
Are there any resources of accountability to help us in this application process? Who should we expect to maintain lines of responsibility and care? Here are 6 sources of accountability:
- The Person of God – Christ
- The People of God – The local Church
- Peers – Spirit-filled Friends
- Power Structure – Church Leaders
- Personal Life – Conscience, Christian Reputation
- Posterity – Succeeding Generations
“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” God declares to his people in Jeremiah 29:13.