Soul Food for Friday: Quotes to Build Your Life on the Bible

Love the Word. Learn the Word. Live the Word. These 3 phrases have been our mantra the last 40 days at Christ Lutheran Church as we have been on a 40 Days in the Word adventure. As we move closer to Day 41, our goal has not been to merely engage God’s Word for 40 days, but to develop tools and skills to engage God’s Word on a daily basis.

May this week’s Soul Food for Friday provide words that invite you to build the life on the Bible.

“First open your heart, then open your Bible.” — Rick Warren

“The teachings of Jesus begin in story and end in symbol — they begin in parable and end in us. These are not Bible stories that we learn; these are our stories.” — Len Sweet

“There can be no more reliable authority on earth than God’s Word, the Bible. This timeless, trustworthy source of truth holds the key that unlocks life’s mysteries. It alone provides us with the shelter we need in times of storm.” — Chuck Swindoll

“Every word of Holy Scripture was a love letter from God directed very personally to us and he asked us whether we loved Jesus.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“When the Bible speaks, God speaks.” — Augustine

“The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge, but to change our lives.” — D. L. Moody

“When you read God’s Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, ‘It is talking to me, and about me.'” — Soren Kierkegaard

“There are two ways to read Scripture — the way a lawyer reads a will and the way an heir reads a will.” — Alexander Whyte

“One who uses the Bible as his guide never loses his sense of direction.” — Unknown

“If you’re not growing in the Word, you’re dying on the vine.” — John Miller

“The Bible is a stream of running water, where alike the elephant may swim, and the lamb walk without losing its feet.” — Gregory the Great

“The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold on me.” — Martin Luther

“Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.” — Jerome

“The Bible is like a telescope. If a man looks through his telescope, then he sees worlds beyond; but if he looks at his telescope, then he does not see anything but that. The Bible is a thing to be looked through, to see what is beyond.” — Phillips Brooks

“We have adopted the convenient theory that the Bible is a book to be explained, whereas first and foremost it is a book to be believed. There is a world of difference between knowing the Word of God and knowing the God of the Word.” — Leonard Ravenhill

“We who preach have one tool. We are people of the book.” — John Ortberg

“Verse by verse, the Bible becomes more than theory. It becomes my firsthand experience.” — Mark Batterson

“The devil is not afraid of a dust-covered Bible.” — Charles Spurgeon

“The narratives of Scripture were not meant to describe our world … but to change the world, including the one in which we now live.” — Stanley Hauerwas

“Apply yourself totally to the text; apply the text totally to yourself.” — Johann Albrecht Bengel

“By the reading of Scripture I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be purer, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green, light is sharper on the outlines of the forest and the hills, and the whole world is charged with the glory of God and I find fire and music in the earth under my feet.” — Thomas Merton

“The Scriptures should only be read in an attitude of prayer, trusting to the inward working of the Holy Spirit to make their truths a living reality within us.” — William Law

“I have found that my spiritual growth is directly proportionate to the amount of time and effort I put into the study of Scripture.” — John MacArthur

“The Bible is like a lion. You don’t have to defend it, just let it loose. It will take care of itself.” — Martin Luther

“Whoever seems to himself to have understood the Scriptures in such a way that he does not build up that double love of God and neighbor has not yet understood.” — Augustine

“If your faith isn’t rooted in the Bible, it will wither like a plant pulled out of the soil.” — Billy Graham

“Every thinking man, when he thinks, realizes that the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally … impossible for us to figure what the loss would be if these teachings were removed. We would lose all the standards by which we now judge both public and private morals; all the standards which we, with more or less resolution, strive to raise ourselves.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“When we move beyond information toward transformation, we savor the truth of seeking to do life “under the Word” as the ancients have taught.” — Bill Donahue

“We do not preach sermons at Christ Lutheran Church, we communicate messages from God’s Life Building Word.” — Richard Burkey

So what quotes are fueling your engagement of God’s Word? What lessons is the Holy Spirit sharing with you through God’s Word?

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