Matt Smethurst—Before You Open Your Bible: Nine Heart Postures For Approach God’s Word

Posted On June 20, 2019

On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave Jenkins and Matt Smethurst discuss how Christians should approach the Word of God to stoke worship and fuel their mission, what Word-centered friendship looks like, along with his book, Before You Open Your Bible: Nine Heart Postures For Approach God’s Word (10ofThose, 2019).

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • In what way prayerless Christianity is powerless Christianity.
  • What John Piper means by the I-O-U-S method and how it prepares Christians to hear the preached Word of God.
  • Some practical steps to approach the Word of God desperately.
  • How Christians can grow in their theological knowledge with a view to stoke their worship, deepen their love of God, and fuel their mission to make disciples of the Lord Jesus.
  • Why entrusting one’s life to the Lord is the way of enjoying Him and the secret to joy in the Lord.
  • What to do to overcome the feeling when your Bible reading feels more like a duty than delight.
  • How Christians can practically approach the Bible with anticipation.
  • What Word-centered friendship looks like.
  • Why Christians need to read Scripture in community with other Christians.
  • What it means to be Christocentric in our reading and teaching of Scripture.
  • Why approaching the Bible well is an act of worship.

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