Alive in the Word
Every Saturday when I went to church to read the bible with my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, I was encouraged and had a different experience compared to reading on my own. Even though it was noisy, I was able to see people who wanted to eat God’s words. I was really happy to see that because I believe with all my heart that God’s word is true and perfect. As John 1:1 states, the word is God. Out of all the Saturdays, the first Saturday is going to be a long lasting memory for me since each of us had a different version of the bible and we read it aloud so it seemed like we were speaking different topics at the same time. But what mattered was that we were reading God’s word. It does not matter if we read in different versions, as long it was the word of God. As I read with my brothers and sisters in Christ I was blessed and encouraged since we could encourage one another. I was really glad that we all could eat the Lord’s word and experience his love by the words. I hope that through IC WORD we all could love and adore God’s word more. Even though IC WORD ended, I do not consider it as an end but rather a new beginning! I believe it was God’s will to encourage my brother and sisters in Christ to continue reading the bible even if IC WORD does not continue.
IC Word, a program I participated with a committed heart, was very beneficial for me. Although I am a spiritual leader who serves as a teacher in IC Youth, there were many days when I failed to motivate myself to read the Bible. IC Word, however, helped me commit again to read the Bible consistently. It wasn’t just the program itself that disciplined me to read the New Testament but the companions in Christ helped each other to become passionate about reading by keeping each other accountable. The program itself was well-planned out in that the reading portion each day was sufficient but not too much to read on daily basis. It was easy to grasp the overall understanding of what is in the New Testament after reading it. In addition, I liked the system in which all the participants read together on one particular day so that we can more easily understand as well as bond together. It was a great opportunity to read the Bible in a way that was different from the normal routine. With this experience of getting blessed through a well-formed program, IC Word, which made me say, "I see Word," I assume that it is going to advance to include reading of the Old Testament in the future. If the program is open again for the Old Testament, I will joyfully be the first one to join it.
Unity in Word
Being a student of a bible college, I’m constantly immersed in the Word. God is a daily topic of discussion – we have whole discussions revolving around books of the bible or biblical principles. My classmates and I pray for one another after morning devotionals, and debate about doctrine and hermeneutics over lunch. And I’ve found that it’s so easy to take all of it for granted. The bible, as I’ve been told many times my many people, is a love letter, a guide, a gift, a map, etc. This is not how I have treated it; in recent years, it’s been little more to me than homework. Rarely have I taken the time to spend time with God when reading the bible or consider the spirituality of the content. While difficult, the task of reading the bible was not an entirely new one to me. The experience of doing it with other people, however, was. Sitting in a stuffy room, having to resist the urge to go to the bathroom, swallowing constantly to keep my throat from going completely dry – I never thought that it could be enjoyable. Being able to read the bible while approaching it in a way that elucidated my understanding of God’s message, being able to read with brothers and sisters on such a unifying level, was surprisingly beneficial to me. Reading together, in a singular voice, breathing almost as if we were one organism, brought new meaning to the phrase “body of Christ.”