Big Idea: Be a man of one book (homo unius libri), a man of one direction--always driven internally toward a clear goal and unaffected by the din of the world.
In 2014, in a series on Christian living--The ABCs of Christian Life--D is for Daily. Your daily thoughts and activities shape and determine your life. Focus your thoughts through the daily reading of Scripture and good books. Live a well thought out life that is directed toward a clear target. Paul says it best: "...my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task..." (Ac 20:24). "...one thing I do...I press on toward the goal to win the prize..." (Phil 3:13-14). ["Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.” Benjamin Disraeli.]
- Are you a man or woman of one direction? One goal? One motivation? One desire? One book?
- Do you delight in your daily Bible devotion? In Bible reading, reflection and rumination?
How does one become a man of one book? Read, reflect, ruminate, reassess, rethink, repent and rejoice.
What do these verses mean to you and how does it affect your daily life?
- For your own self-assessment: How often/how much time do you spend reading the Bible?
- Do you spur others on to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24-25 [2017 West Loop key verse])?
- Can you cultivate delight in God’s word (Psalm 1:2; 119:97, 103 [2016 West Loop key verses])?
- Does Scripture study produce a noble person, or do noble people search the Scriptures (Acts 17:11)?
- How does God communicate with you (2 Timothy 3:16)?
- How reliable is God’s word (2 Peter 1:21; Ps 119:89; Mt 24:35; Lk 21:33)?
- What should our attitude be when we hear God’s word from other people (1 Thessalonians 2:13)?
- What can we humans always rely on and why (Isaiah 40:8)?
- What is our universal human problem and how can we solve it (Isaiah 55:8-11)?
- What happens when we truly reflect on what God’s word says (2 Timothy 2:7)?
- What are the things that you should think about often (Philippians 4:8)?
- How do you love God with all of our mind (Mark 12:30)?
- Why is it so important that young, middle-aged and older Christians read the Bible regularly and consistently?
- Is Bible reading, reflection and rumination your daily delight?
- Will you be a man of one book? A man who is internally driven toward a worthy goal?