My Life Verse
For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel. (Ezra 7:10 ESV)
This is the verse that I have come to view as the explaining verse of my life. As far back as I can remember, I have always had a desire to study, do and communicate the Bible. The fire of the need to study the Bible has burned in an unquenchable way for me and through a series of events and education, I have spent my adult life (so far) driving as deeply into the Bible as possible that I might teach the statutes and rules of God to the people of God. I do not claim to do it perfectly, but I do claim that I exist for those purposes. This means that I spend the majority of my office time in Bible study. The Bible demands that kind of devotion. I must study the Word in order to preach the Word.
Study the Word
“Careful and diligent Bible study is the key to effective expository preaching. Because the Bible is God’s holy Word, it must be treated with respect, not expounded flippantly or carelessly. Faithful expository preaching demands great effort. Since nothing is as important as the Word, no energy expended by anyone in any field should surpass the effort of an expositor seeking to ‘rightly divide the Word.’ Much shallow contemporary preaching has led people to ask why it is necessary for an expositor to go into so much detail. They want to know why I refrain from just highlighting the practical points and featuring relevant illustrations. If one really believes God inspired every word of Scripture, how can he justify treating it in such a superficial manner?” -John MacArthur.