Hello Summitview! My name is Lukas and I would like to introduce a small project to you that has long been on my mind. To start this adventure, I would like to mention how much I desire to grow in my love for God and to learn more about Him, not simply for more head knowledge, but so that I would truly know Him deeper and better than I ever have. I also desire to grow in what it means to be His disciple, to follow Him, and to treasure Christ above all things. In an effort to share my love for reading solid Christian books that point the reader to the supremacy of Jesus in all things and to grow in our love for Him, I will be sharing my thoughts and recommendations on books that I am reading in my personal time with you!
Please know that these books are in no way a substitute for God’s Word. As the church, our time in the Bible must always take joyful priority, wherein we feel happy to swim in His Word to us and drink deeply of the truth found there alone. However, I believe that God has given His church the blessing of many gifted authors, writers, and teachers whose useful efforts can provide instruction, clarification, further study and encouragement to us. It is important to be discerning about whose words we choose to read and to take the time to seek out those authors, writers and teachers who esteem God’s Word to the uttermost, who proclaim it faithfully, and who hold fast to it’s message, truths and doctrines. I will consider the books that I discuss on this blog to be useful and important and solid, but each selection must be read and examined ultimately through the lens of Scripture.
Finally, I would like to explain the title of this little project. “Visiting While Abiding” is a title that combines the truth found in verse 31 in chapter 8 of John’s Gospel, where Jesus says “to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples…” and one of my favorite quotes from Charles Spurgeon, who once said “Visit many good books, but live in the Bible”. We have our hearts captured by the Bible that we “live” there ultimately, but we visit many good books often. This is an effort to propel and compel us to delight in abiding in Christ ultimately and His Word most so that we “live” there, but while we do this, we visit many good books often, never leaving where we “live”.
My prayer and hope for this is that we would grow together in our love for God and in our love for what He has spoken to us in the Bible and that this would result in lives that are poured out more and more for Christ in this world. Enjoy the ride and enjoy your visits while abiding!
Grace and peace to you,