So What?

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Better devotions will come from better historical interaction with the Bible. Surely, we don’t want to be saying that God said something that he never really said just because we felt an impulse of some kind while we were reading and thought that it was God telling us the meaning of what we were reading. Being a historical and devotional reader takes time to develop. There are old habits to be broken and new ones to be learned. God has spoken, but what has he said? We might ask ourselves what some of the bad reading-interpreting habits are that we need to break?

Because we need to hear more clearly what God has said, so that we may live into his story presently, with the goal of becoming better stewards of ministry for the sake of his creation.

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Jesus Followers


There are many synonyms to use for the word believer, which is the most common word for a person who has "converted" to follow Jesus. I have chosen "Jesus follower(s) or follower(s) of Jesus instead of the word believer in these presentations to allow the reader an opportunity to move away from the idea of believer which conjures up the possible thought of "ascent" to a set of doctrines that have been assembled by different groups over the centuries and show up in this day and age as a set of statements posted on web sites and other written material. These sets of beliefs are suggested by many as the ones that one should ascent to so that upon death the one who assents can go to heaven, i.e., just believe and you are good to go. Jesus followers/followers of Jesus suggest an action that one should take. Remember, Jesus told his disciples to follow him. Yes, belief is important, but one must move beyond belief to action.


(See "Discipleship" Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. 182-188.)