|This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your word has revived me. - Psalm 119:50
It's one thing to say, "I believe the Bible" and quite another to actually do it. To read it is not enough. The Hebrew mind did not consider the Scripture to be heard until it was actually believed and obeyed.
For most of us, our greatest problem is not that we have too little biblical knowledge (although that can certainly be an issue). It's that we choose to disbelieve what we know when things get difficult. We tend to let our soured interpretation of our experience, rather than iron-clad, all-sufficient, God-breathed, eternal Scripture, determine our thinking and mood. The result? We lose hope.
In Romans 15:4, the Apostle Paul says, "For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope."
At The Anchor Bible Church we are cultivating an environment of hope, by enduring and pursuing the encouragement of the Word of God.
Out of love for one another, we are bringing the hope-filled Word of God to bear on each other's hearts. Paul also says, "And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another." - Romans 15:14
Whatever your concern, the Word of God is sufficient for all the needs of your soul.
The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
- Psalm 19:7-8