I have this thing for new Bibles. Kind of like a shoe fettish – as a man, I apparently have that too. Well, yesterday I was in Westminster Seminary’s gargantuan book store and I found it. The ESV has finally put out a small (smaller than the thinline) personal sized reference Bible. One column, not two. References in the middle. Not excessively small print. Fits in my computer bag without breaking my back. Very nice.
It is really very sad that I get excited to study from my new Bible, as if I expect to find anything new. But I am. I have been assessing Bibles for a time, looking for that ‘smaller computer bag-sized reference Bible.’ My assessment and patience has paid off. OR has it?
Interesting enough – I am not qualified as a sinner to assess Scripture. I can assess Bible covers, but that’s about it. What I can do is assess the world and its spiritual state with Scripture. Even more, I am called of God to let Scripture assess me. Daily. All of me. (Is this NOT a purpose for which God has effectively sent his Word – Isaiah 55:11?)
Which brings up another intersting point. Assessment. Most of you know that Kori and I went to the PCA Assessment Center in February. We are still reeling and growing. When I returned and shared with some close confidants all that God ‘assessed of me’ – many people said, “I wish I (or my marriage) could go through an honest assessment to discover much more of who I really am (not just who I think I am).” My rersponse is – are you sure?!?!?!
Assessment should be experienced by all of us in Christ’s body. And, for one – Scripture is our assessment tool if we would let God, through his Spirit, convict us and show us ourselves in his Word. But secondarily, I think it’ll work! I have recently discovered some spiritual health assessment tools that, if combined with other things – might lend themselves to a local church personal and marriage proctology exam (I mean assessment).
Wouldn’t that be something – for West Valley Presbyterian Church Plant to begin as a kingdom body that isn’t just the NEW and exciting thing (kind of like my new Bible) but rather a body that does something new with God’s timeless grace-centered assessment tool – his Word. And we ACTUALLY intentionally create an environment where we help one another assess blind spots, and marital break-down points, and foundational-parenting-cracks as we all together – learning more and more of our weakness, depend more and more on the gospel that is only discovered through God’s assessment tool – his Word of LIFE.
I need to stop now. I am not even thinking. in, sentences