One Book and One Direction-Acts 20:24

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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: " only aim is to finish the race and complete the task..." (Ac 20:24). " 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.]

Key Questions:

  1. Are you a man or woman of one direction? One goal? One motivation? One desire? One book?
  2. Do you delight in your daily Bible devotion? In Bible reading, reflection and rumination?
  3. 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?

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