Knowing GOD is a fantastic book by J.I. Packer. I’m currently reading through it with one of my brother from church. We are encouraging each other by praying and supporting spiritually. The best part of our time is spend on talking about how God graciously lead us through these difficult times. I love fellowship and it’s good to spend time with mature christians, If you are a young christian you should definitely be hooked up with a local church and get involve in small groups. And also try to keep an accountability partner.
Something I like about this book is how Packers simplicity in communicating complex matters. I heard about this book a lot and I had a desire to read it but it was not available locally. But when the time came Lord provided a copy for me free. So I’m just thrilled to see things happening in God’ timing.
Packer nail down points clear that every genuine christian could understand. My prayer is that as we read these Good books we may not side tracked to a new trend of reading books and not the scriptures. Scripture is the ultimate source of knowledge, and where we see the charecter of God from the OT and NT. God is revealing him self progressively through out the scriptures. There is no other book in this world that can put down the Bible.
That’s a Good question to ask. Is it still a new year? I think my last post was about starting the new year with asking some good questions, to be honest I’m not following the whole list. I thought this time would be a good time to see and analysis the status of my spiritual growth. Three main points I like to share today.
1.Read, 2.Write, 3.Speak
Reading is a great gift and this is not everyone, but you see that as you start gradually with one page a day you could grow in steps with more pages a day. Start with scripture, the ultimate source of knowledge is the best place to start. Dive in to it by reading book by book, chapter by chapter. Always good to keep a consistency. Don’t jump around different books in the bible but rather keep one and be faithful in reading that.
Points to keep in mind
Read it! Understand it. – Make sure you are grasping what you are reading. (Go through it again if you don’t get it)
Underline important points or Make notes on the side margine this will help you always to come back to it and remember your thoughts.
I like to jot down every point or Information that I get both in my work place and my personal life. So as I mentioned in my first point its good to keep notes to support your study, For eg; If you are reading Gospel of John in your quite time, its good to keep a small note book with you to write down some of your comments, thoughts & questions.
Now all the knowledge and information you receive shouldn’t just puff up in you but rather you should share it with your neighbour in love. As paul the apostle puts it This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. 1 Cor 8:1. Knowledge should be shared in love with complete humility.
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.