On Saturday, I attended the EQUIP conference for women at the Darling Harbour Convention Centre. Not only did I get an entire day with some friends from our old church, and the chance to hear some great Bible teaching, but I also got an entire day with only Miss Chilled (5 months) in tow. Miss Chatterbox and Mr Cheeky had a great day with their dad and their Nanny and Poppy.
For me, the conference was a great (much-needed) reminder to remember, defend and love the Bible.
- Who God is: "His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by His own glory and goodness" 2 Peter 1: 3
- What God has done:"He has given us His great and precious promises... cleansed from our past sins" 2 Peter 1: 4-9
- The truth of the gospel (good news of what Jesus has done). We know it is true because of eyewitnesses ("We were eyewitnesses..." 2 Peter 1:16), prophets in Old Testament ("We have the word of the prophets now made more certain..." 2 Peter 1:19), it is from God ("men spoke from God" 2 Peter 1:21)
- Against false teaching ("There will be false teachers among you... even denying the sovereign Lord" 2 Peter 2:1). The Bible tells us that false teachers will be secretive (e.g. they can be nice and well-meaning, applying the "latest research", sometimes not even deliberately deceiving).They will also be popular, and will make the truth of the Bible unpopular. (Oprah Winfrey was given as an interesting example - she says that Jesus can't be the only way to God. She is a nice person, generous, well-meaning and incredibly popular. But what she says contradicts the Bible)
- The Bible (as in all of Psalm 119)
- What God says
Practically, this means:
- Having the Bible at the centre of my life. I think the Bible is important, but do my actions and priorities reflect this?
- Loving the Bible so much that nothing can stop me from reading it!
- Testing everything I hear (whether at church or on TV, in books etc) against what the Bible says (e.g. does someone (even a bishop) say Jesus didn't really rise from the dead? Clearly against what the Bible tells me)
- Reading the Bible for myself so I know it, rather than just trusting what a minister/ pastor/ Bible study leader says
- Keep looking at the Bible, rather than just "remembering" what I think it says (this is big for me, having been quite well-grounded in what the Bible says in my teenage and university years)
- Making the Bible/ God my "portion" - He/ it is all I need
- Standing up for the Bible when I hear things that conflict with what the Bible says
- Teaching the Bible to my children and teaching them to love the Bible
These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.(Deuteronomy 6:6-9)
Anyone else at Equip? What did you learn in particular? What helps you to remember, defend and love God's Word?