I remember someone asking Mark what he thought about the future of the church and how he would help get it there.
He said, "The future of the church is in the past."
There is so much truth in that.
Not truth that in that we only sing traditional hymns, throw out the power points and sound systems but truth in that we have got to get back to the Book.
We don't have to stop reading Christian books but we have got to stop reading them at the expense of reading our Bibles.
We need to be careful that our Bible study groups are not so busy studying Bible study books that the Bible can be left at home.
It's easy to go to studies now and never even have to open your Bible.
We have got to be careful that our Adult Sunday School classes don't turn in to a devotional time with just a snippet of scripture that we jump around with every week.
None of this is meant to be legalistic but instead it should be lovalistic.
We should so love the Word of God that we do those things out of love not law.
If we as the church don't know the Word anymore than we do, who is going to know it?
Remember what Paul said in the book of Hebrews?
He told the church that by now they ought to be teachers they ought to know what was what but they didn't.
They had failed to study and as a result were weak and misguided.
Hebrews 6:11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact though by this time you ought to be teachers you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil."
So Mark is right, the future of the church is in going back to The Book.
Bible study books are great but they have became the main meal instead of a supplement and we're weak because of it.
So as Christians we have got to find a Bible and begin to read.
Keep a notebook with you and jot down a few things that you learned.
Don't worry about going fast and don't think it has to be a big thing.
Pray for the Spirit to lead you and open your eyes to things and He will.
Find a good study or a good Church and join their journey.
If your kids are small, the day will come when you will want them to have the memory of you learning and if your kids are grown the same is true.
If we want to understand more of the things going on around us and learn to live in faith and not in fear we have got to study.
If we want to be set free from guilt and bitterness we have got to go to the Word of God over and over again.
In the Word is one of the last places Satan wants us to be but it's exactly where we have to be.
I know it's hard, like someone said picking up your Bible and trying to read feels like you are eating dry shredded wheat.
It can feel that way, but keep on anyway, a little at a time and before you know what happened it will become a sweet dessert.
Find a good study partner or study group or church.
We have been ignorant to long and it's hurting ourselves, our homes, our churches and yes even our country.
Make it a point to get to know God and His Word its the best "self help' book out there and it really will change your life.