16 October 2014

Craving the Word? Get Fed.

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Who among us does not enjoy a wholly satisfying, delicious meal? While Thanksgiving may lend itself to gorging and gluttony (and subsequent repentance), there is no denying that a healthy, filling meal is not only a thing to be enjoyed, it is a basic necessity for daily living.

Unless enslaved to a particular sin, man will not deliberately starve himself. Fasting for spiritual reasons aside, man will not intentionally deny himself food. He cannot survive without this sustenance. It is a basic fact of life.

When a man is regenerated by the Spirit of God and brought to repentance and faith in Christ, his new nature and new life—indeed, the new man that he has become—requires another type of daily sustenance—the truths of God's Word.
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.’” (Matt 4:1–4)
The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; In keeping them there is great reward. (Psalm 19:9–11)
For the man or woman who has been saved by God, obtaining and consuming this spiritual food will be a delight, not a chore. It is a delicacy far surpassing the richest, most sumptuous dessert, and is far more filling than the most tender, juicy steak. Upon regeneration, feasting upon the Word of God is something that the Christian craves.
Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord. (1 Pet 2:1–3)
Those who are blessed to attend a church that faithfully teaches the Bible know what a joy and blessing it is to be served a veritable feast of God's Word each week. But what of Monday through Saturday? Personal Bible reading and study is a blessed necessity, to be sure, but what of those who desire to study more and to study deeper, but perhaps do not know where to start? Or what of those who would love to attend Bible school, but time, money, or opportunity preclude them from doing so? What of those who desire to be fed?

Well, those who want to be fed need to get fed. Not coincidentally, a new endeavor has been launched with precisely that name and purpose: GetFed Online.

GetFed Online seeks to offer "Concrete. Biblical. Truth." It offers live, online, interactive courses from qualified instructors. In short, it is a creative and convenient way for Christians to learn from some of the best. GetFed Online is an example of using today's technology for the glory of God and the good and growth of His kingdom.

The first class offering at GetFed Online has already begun. Pastor Mike Abendroth of Bethlehem Bible Church and No Compromise Radio is teaching a Christology class that, upon its completion, will provide the student with a rich understanding of the study of Christology. From His pre-incarnate existence, to His incarnation, to the hypostatic union and dozens of truths between and beyond these, the student will leave this class with more than just an education in Christology, but with a greater love for Christ. How can this be said so definitively? Because no true Christian can approach the study of Christ without it stirring his soul.

This writer—who has no personal stake in GetFed Online except as a current student—is excited about the great potential this endeavor possesses. In a time when the visible church touts a pseudo-Christianity and a damning, false gospel; in a so-called 'Christian' atmosphere that seeks to elevate man above Christ, good, reliable, trustworthy, doctrinally sound teaching is a thing to be treasured.

So for those who are looking to be fed, for those who crave the truth, might I suggest that you get fed?

Further Reading
Hungering for God's Word (sermon by John MacArthur)
Let the Word of Christ Dwell in You Richly
What God Says About His Word

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