Deuteronomy 12 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional

“You must be careful to do everything I command you; do not add anything to it or take anything away from it.” Deut 12: 32

What is a congregation to you? When I say “congregation”, I’m speaking of 2-3 hours, once a week, usually Saturday morning when people congregate in religious assembly.

For some, the congregation is a religious duty. For others, it may be an intellectual pursuit, an emotional release, a spiritual filling or musical connection.

Whatever the congregation is to you, the goal of congregational leadership should be to convey the Bible in a comprehensive way. Obviously, the best way to convey the facts of the Bible is to simply teach the Bible, as it is. You know that is my heart. Other times, the Bible is conveyed through personal counsel, music & arts, community service, etc...

To me, the Bible is conveyed best when all aspects of Messianic life are employed in harmony, each in its appropriate time, without humiliating the other.

For instance, you may be familiar with St. Francis’ quote, “Preach the gospel at all times and if necessary, use words.”

I have heard this quotation often, and almost always supporting someone’s argument against a straight-forward proclamation of the Bible. It is generally interpreted, “Live the gospel instead of preaching it.” OK, I get it.

But often times, people miss an important aspect of St. Francis’ statement: There are times when preaching is NECESSARY. Nothing else will suffice. The words of Paul ring true here.

“”How are they going to HEAR unless someone goes to them and preaches?” Romans 10:14

There are many reasons why it is important for us to search the Scriptures daily. Today, I want to focus on one of them. We should study the Bible daily because it is important for us to adhere to how G_d commands us to live.

Preachers and leaders of Messianic “movements” may differ greatly. G_d’s Word is crystal clear. Some leaders are more conservative than G_d directs. They rob people of the freedom of G_d’s grace. Others are too liberal and rob people of the stability of G_d’s accountability.

Learn the Bible, as it is…and rest in it, as is. Do what the Bible says and you won’t stray to either extreme.

~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Shuvah Yisrael
Daily Devotional, Tuesday, June 24, 2014