[Charles Spurgeon speaking of Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 4:13]:
“He was inspired, and yet he wants books!
He had been preaching for thirty years, and yet he wants books!
He had seen the Lord, and yet he wants books!
He had a wider experience than most men do, and yet he wants books!
He had been caught up into the third heaven, and had heard things that it was not lawful for a man to utter, and yet he wants books!
He had written a major part of the New Testament, and yet he wants books!”
If the Apostle Paul needed books, we do too! Christian thinking and living doesn’t take place in a vacuum. Neither are we trying to look at our Bibles and figures out what we believe for the first time. We stand on the shoulders of the saints who have gone before us. To ignore the wealth of writing handed down through the Church and to the Church for two thousand years is not only foolish, but may even be prideful! Just like Christian thinking and living takes place in community (ie. a local church), we also do so in the presence of the “great cloud of witnesses” (Heb.12:1). As the theologian Timothy George once quipped to his seminary students, “My task is to convince you that there was someone between your grandmother and Jesus, and that it matters.” We need to listen to the voices of those who have gone before us if we’re going to be faithful followers of Jesus in the here and now. This is not a prideful endeavor at enlarging our intellect, but a humble endeavor to use our minds to the glory of God.
On Wednesdays, at 7am, join us for a time of reading and prayer. Each week we will read a portion of a Christian classic, talk about it, and close out in a time of prayer. You don’t need to read in advance. Just show up, enjoy a cup of coffee, and listen.
READING & PRAYER