On what foundation are you building your life? This is a question everyone must wrestle with if they desire to live an examined life. All areas of life are affected by the foundation you lay down for how you will live. But how do we decide the foundation? Ecclesiastes 12:11-12 reminds us of this challenge, “The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd. My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.” There are endless messages spoken to us through our culture which call for us to build our foundation on. Thus, it is dire we commit to a firm foundation. As Christ-followers, we know this foundation to be the Word of God. Yet, even when we declare our foundation to be that of one Shepherd, we can twist His Word into a message that misses the point of the Bible. In other words, we need to be discerning in what God’s Word actually teaches. We need to be discerning in our learning. Commenting on 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22, Tony Reinke defines discernment as the ability to “‘test everything,’ to ‘hold fast what is good,’ and to ‘abstain from every form of evil’”. As discerning people, we seek the truth of God’s Word and see through His grid what is good and what is evil. Then, we should act upon that by clinging to the good and the gospel and abstaining from evil and the false messages. We must keep our focus on wisdom and discernment so that our life may be found faithful to God (Proverbs 3:21-22). That is why we are devoting 2015 to the theme of Discerning in Our Learning. Below you can see what we hope to accomplish in this series of blog posts. Our prayer is the same as Paul’s in Philippians 1:9-11, “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” Throughout this year, may you grow in your knowledge of God and in the discernment of what His Word says and calls for you to do. Let the Word of God be your foundation for life! This is all for His glory.
Discerning in Our Learning Topics
- What is the Gospel?
- Defining Love
- A False and Loveless “Gospel”: The Prosperity Gospel
- License, Legalism, and Christian Liberty
- Worldview Analysis Series
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