Sunday, October 9, 2011

100 Verse Challenge - Week 5

We are at week 5! And by the end of it, we will have completed the first ten percent of our ultimate goal. I think that is very exciting! I'm proud of my hubby and kids for their efforts, and I am excited about building my own arsenal of scripture. I know arsenal might be a funny choice of word, but let's face it, the scripture is our offensive weapon for taking ground from the enemy. What an awesome truth! It really is a perfect weapon, and why wouldn't it be? Look who the "Designer" is!

This week we are learning the first of the verses in the section of Robert J. Morgan's book 100 Verses Everyone Should Know By Heart that is titled "Listening: The Word of God and Prayer."

The "address" of the single scripture we are learning this week is familiar, but the street is different. But Morgan points out many similarities between John 3:16 that we learned during week two, and 2 Timothy 3:16 that we will be working on this week:

All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness."

I'd just like to note a couple of the similarities between the two verses that Morgan draws, John 3:16 referring to our Savior and 2 Timothy 3:16 referring to the Scripture.

- The two, Savior And Scripture comprise the two greatest gifts ever bestowed upon mankind.

- Both Savior and Scripture are referred to as "The Word."

- Both are "utterly unique," Jesus was like no other man, and the Bible is like no other book.

- And as the Savior was without sin, so the Scriptures are without error (Holy Spirit inspired.)

There are more, and there are deeper insights as well as a list of "3:16's" in the Bible that are significant, which is why I highly recommend the book that goes along with our Challenge. But I would remind you it is not required to participate. If you haven't signed up it really isn't too late. Even if you can't catch up, we still have 90% of our challenge ahead. (91 if you count this week!)

There is only one verse this week and I highly recommend if you are behind at all from the previous weeks verses, it would be a great time to devote a little effort to getting caught up. I personally get more and more excited each day as I continue to hide more of the Word in my heat. It's kind of exciting to thin I have already learned the "Fantastic Four" and the "Roman Road" so far in just about a month's time.

I am listing our previous verses below for those who do need to either catch up or who want to see where we have been so far on our Challenge.

Beginnings: The Bible's Fantastic Four:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. - Genesis 1:1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. - John 1:1

"The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14 CSB (Holman Christian Standard Version)

"For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 CSB

The Roman Road: The Plan of Salvation

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us! Romans 5:8

If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation. Romans 10:9-10

And our "bonus verse" that completes the Roman Road but isn't "technically" one of the 100:

For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:13

If you are like me and can look at most of what we have done so far and know if you can't necessarily quote every word verbatim, but at least know the principles and truth have been hidden in your heart, be excited! Or even better if you can quote them, aren't you thrilled at the strength your "arsenal" has gained? I am proud of every one of you who is here with me even giving it a tribe! Let's keep up the good work and get busy working on our new verse for this week!