There is nothing in this world more important than knowing how God’s Word applies to our lives. The living, vibrant Word of God transforms, deepens, develops and strengthens us for the Master’s service. It illuminates the thoughts and intents of our hearts so we might walk in God’s ways at all times. It lights our path, helps us to walk straight, and prevents us from stumbling. It is as sweet as honey to our lips.
This is why I am excited to share about a new responsibility I have taken on related to a Bible study series called, Bible Studies for Life. In 2012, LifeWay Christian Resources was looking for an opportunity to involve church leaders in developing curriculum. They asked me, a pastor, to take on the role of General Editor and to assemble an advisory council of church leaders to frame out a study that would be a response to a great need within churches today. It was a privilege to assemble 13 men and women in ministry, for whom I have tremendous respect, to explore how a Bible study could provide for the spiritual needs of today’s men, women, boys and girls. The result is the new Bible Studies for Life, a study created by churches for churches that meets people right where they are in life with biblical truth. LifeWay will be releasing studies for all ages for use in Fall 2013.
Our desire through this study is to develop people who know Christ and His gracious work, who are contributing servants in the community of faith, and who can effectively engage culture without losing distinction.
Bible Studies for Life is for people who want to know Christ. Jesus said, “This is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ who you have sent” (John 17:3). It is our goal with this series to see both leaders and learners know Jesus Christ deeper. By extension we want people to know Jesus Christ’s gracious work. There are yet many who do not know that the grace of God who brings salvation has appeared to all people. This series will help us explore and explain the saving, maturing, and keeping grace of God.
Those who use Bible Studies for Life will get a fully biblical sense of what it means to be a part of a community of faith. How do I serve in my local church? What is my giftedness and what does God want to accomplish with it? These things are essential for bringing people from the edges of attendance to ministry.
We know Jesus loved the church and gave Himself for it. We also know we are commanded to assemble together as His body, and even more so as we recognize the nearness of Christ’s return. Thorough Bible study prepares us to live in community around the Gospel. God’s Word cleanses us for fellowship and service, strengthening us and our faith family.
Today, believers seem to have an ongoing struggle with exactly how to engage culture. Some fear to even try and some seem to fall headlong into the midst, nearly losing their Christian identity in the process. Jesus said that He would send out His disciples as sheep among wolves, and that we should be in the world but not of the world. Our ongoing challenge is how to live in a way that defines us as believers in Jesus while being close enough to unbelievers for them to both hear the Gospel and see lives empowered by it.
Of course the key to all of this is that we study the Bible. This is not merely a study on helpful sayings for life, but what does God say about life? It’s through His Word that His grace informs and transforms us.
I want to encourage you to follow this series closely as we study the Bible for life. In the meantime, you can preview and give feedback on the new resources at biblestudiesforlife.com. I know our team would appreciate hearing what you think.
Thanks for taking the time to visit our re-created site called ronniefloyd.com. Our team has done an excellent job working towards this release today. We have listened to the needs and desires of others, resulting in the re-creation of our site.
Articles Released Daily
One of the features of our site is that I will be posting an article almost every day of the week. These blogs or articles will have purpose and meaning, not simply words about little to nothing. They will be directly from me.
What I See Now
While strategies can change in order to help us accomplish our purpose of preparing leaders for life, ministry, and Gospel advancement globally, here is our beginning schedule:
Monday: General Subjects
Tuesday: Where The Bible Meets Your Life
Wednesday: Pastors and Church Leaders
Thursday: What God is Doing in and Through Cross Church
Friday: Variety, Guest Writers, or possibly nothing on this day
While each day may have a focus in mind, in reality, I believe regardless of your vocation or state in life, your life can be enriched. If you want us to email the daily article to you directly, please click here. One other thing, we need your help. Share our writings with others daily.
Grow Personally and as a Leader
Whether through our weekday articles, or weekly sermons released via video or podcast, you can grow personally and as a leader. Much of what we have recently developed will be archived on this site as we are continually updating the contents of the site. Perhaps one day, everything we have developed, will be available from this site.
Through our site you will also have access to the incredible professional resource of our weekly Northwest Arkansas Business Persons Summit lessons. At times, I speak at The Summit. However, most of the time we have major national leaders invest in hundreds of business leaders through a luncheon format I have now hosted for over a decade. We want to help you grow personally and as a leader.
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A Final Personal Word
It was a springtime day in 1975 in Texas. I was in the second semester of my freshman year in college. I wanted God to speak to me about my life, giving me direction for the future. I knew God had called me to ministry so my prayer that day was about my upcoming summer. In those moments of prayer and in the Word of God, the Lord gave me verses that I have built my life upon.
My Life Verses
Just as the spring air was alive and well, the winds of the Spirit blew my way that day. Not only did God give to me that day, words for my summer, but words for my life and future
From my Red King James Bible, I share these words with you today. These are my life verses.
“For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: He putteth down one, and setteth up another.” Psalm 75:6–7 (KJV)