October 2, 2010
Title: THERE’S AN “APP” FOR THAT
Holy Bible: Ephesians 5:1-7
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the holy ones who are (in Ephesus) faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, 4 as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love 5 he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, 6 for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved. 7 In him we have redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace
Verse: Proverbs 23:12
"Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to words of knowledge."
Remember when phones were for making phone calls? With the advent of smart phone, what was once a way to talk to someone has become a storehouse of data. Add cell-phone applications (computer programs) to that, and you can read sports reports, play games, plan trips, find an apartment – or any of well over 100,000 other tasks available with an “app”
That’s pretty amazing, but the “apps” for phones a nothing compared with the kind of “apps” Scripture fives us. The “applications” of the Bible are direct notes from God telling us how to apply the truth of His Word to all of life.
Take Philippians 2, for instance. The unity app (2:2), the humility app (2:3), the no-grumbling app (2:14), the shine-as-light app (2:15). Or look at the apps of Ephesians 5: The imitate-God add (5:1), the walk-in-love app(5:2), the purity app (5:3), the tongue app (5:4). And the book of Proverbs? It’s teeming with applications. You don’t have to wait for someone to offer these on the Internet. Just open the Bible and see the hundreds of ways to apply Scripture in your life. Got a question about the Christian life? Search the Bible. The answers are there, waiting to be discovered. – Dave Branon.
Cling to the Bible, this jewel and treasure
Brings life eternal and saves fallen man;
Surely its value no mortal can measure;
Seek for its blessing, O soul, while you can. – Smith
Conclusion: The Bible has treasures of wisdom for you – read it and apply it!