Men's Bible StudyPlease join us for dinner, music, prayer and a Bible study!
April 16, 2019 . 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
As a follower of Jesus, I believe that God has given each of us three great mysteries of limitless knowability to explore, each within our own capacity and ability, and these three mysteries encompass all of the arts and sciences. These mysteries are the mystery of the “Heavens,” which is God; the mystery of the “I,” which is myself; and the mystery of the “Other,” which is my neighbor. According to Jesus, the motivation and result of the eternal exploration into these mysteries is to love God with all of my heart and mind, and to love my neighbor in the exact manner in which I love myself (Matthew 22:36-40).
The Apostle Paul warns that unraveling mysteries and pursuing knowledge without the motivation of love is not only a waste of time and energy, but detrimental (1 Corinthians 13). As The Shack author Wm. Paul Young writes, “So many believe that it is love that grows, but it is the knowing (emphasis mine) that grows and love simply expands to contain it.”
True knowing, therefore, must begin and end in and with love.
Biblically speaking then, it’s not just what we know that matters, but how we know what we know.
And, that’s the focus of this study. Because honestly, I think we’ve lost our way of knowing how to know things. It’s like trying to find your glasses once you’ve lost your glasses. If we’ve lost our way of knowing, and therefore loving God, then we cannot know and love ourselves. If we cannot know and love ourselves, then how would we ever begin to know and love our neighbor? The evidence of this lack of knowing how to know would be a world of identity-less individuals (perhaps even highly intellectual), beleaguered by fear, guilt and shame fighting endless wars of self-promotion and self-protection at the cost of everyone around them.
Sound familiar? Then let’s get started.