We have dangerously come to a place thinking that inviting people to church is the same as inviting someone to Jesus. They are not equal.
And in like fashion, we have had more excitement over Christian books and and building men’s and small groups around “a” book instead of The Book. It seems that we get more out of Rick Warren, Andy Stanley, Platt, Lucado, Chan and Eldridge than Paul, Peter and Luke. Now don’t get me wrong….(read this so as not to be misunderstood) I have 7,000 books in my library, and I have nothing personal against these authors and their writings. But I can never choose CS over Jude and John, and neither should you. Bible studies are no longer Bible studies but popular Christian book studies. “What book are we studying this month?” is what men’s groups are asking; as if to say the “66” is good but we need to move on.
The Bible is THE Book but it is slowly being forgotten in our churches and the lesser is replacing the potent.
Remember, when the Bible is read, God’s Word does things. It talks to hearts. It crushes hard hearts and suprises the deaf hearts.
When C.S. Lewis came to Oxford University he was an atheist. He had lost his mother at nine and the rest of his life was spent in boarding schools. But had no use or belief in God. But while at Oxford he met a man who became his best friend: J.R.R. Tolkein. You know him as the author of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkein, along with some other friends challenged Lewis to investigate the Bible. So Lewis did. It was from that investigation and through the counsel of his friends that Lewis moved from atheism to a deep Christian faith. And Lewis is not alone. There have been many brilliant, even famous people who have given the Bible an honest, objective chance and have come to understand it as the truth. People like Josh McDowell, Charles Colson, Lee Strobel, Kirk Cameron, Charlton Heston, Barbara Bush, Corrie Ten Boom, Connie Seleca. What did they do? They simply took the Bible and studied it. …This book that was written over 1500 years by 40 different writers on 3 different continents is more than just any ordinary book. It can change your life.
When people read the Bible you have stepped into unsafe waters for your soul. Because these are not ordinary words, but these are the magnificent words of God.
I like what Charles Spurgeon said about the Bible.
“How do I defend the Bible? I treat it like a lion. I let it out of its cage and it defends itself.”
When you meet someone and witness to them and want to give them more to examine after you leave….GIVE THEM A BIBLE! Not a book about the Bible, but “A” Bible. Don’t be ashamed and afraid if they will understand. When you give a Bible , you unlock the door of the wild, and Another Lion, a Different Lion is about to pounce out. You know that Lion.
I have given away my share of MERE CHRISTIANITY & MORE THAN A CARPENTER, CASE FOR CHRIST , etc. But the honest truth is that though powerful, it does not have the roar like “THE” Book. Take the step of faith. Give a Bible.
I have sent many a Bible to people that I sat next to on an airplane. I simply say “can I send you a book?” If you ask them if they have a Bible, everyone does. I send them a modern day translation and hope and pray they open the cage door. How can God’s Word not have effect?
Finally, listen to the words of the immortal Dorothy Sayers (one of the inklings in Oxford with C.S. Lewis) says…
“The people who hanged Christ never, to do them justice, accused him of being a bore—on the contrary, they thought him too dynamic to be safe. It has been left for later generations to muffle up that shattering personality and surround him with an atmosphere of tedium. We have very efficiently pared the claws of the Lion of Judah, certified him “meek and mild,” and recommended him as a fitting household pet for pale curates and pious old ladies”
Just let the lion out of the cage means just give someone a Bible , then let The Lion of Judah take it from there.