Listened to Piper's 1996 biography of Martin Luther, man of the book. It's a great exhortation to the labour of studying God's word and the great rewards of doing so.
Some say that if we put time into study that we minimise the work of the Spirit. Luther and Piper differ. "One might argue that emphasizing the brightness of the sun nullifies the surgeon who takes away blindness. But most people would not agree with that. Certainly not Luther." (Piper)
"It is a sin and shame not to know our own book or to understand the speech and words of our God" (Luther)
How we must get deep into God's word. Tomorrow I start a series of three training sessions with University of Surrey Christian Union. Entitled UniSword they're designed to get us deep into God's word. This might seem a bit odd for a Mission Team training session. Should I not just train in apologetics and evangelism? Good question. Yes we need such training, and on other days it will come. But if we are not Book people we will have little longevity, little depth, little life.
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