Forming Faith: Encouragement

Encouragement is something that we all need and something that is often hard to come by. However, Community’s blog can be, among many other things, an excellent venue for encouragement. The Apostle Paul encourages us when he writes that we are to “put the ways of childhood behind us” (1 Corinthians 13:11) and to “be transformed by the renewing of our minds” (Romans 12:2) in order that“we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). These ideas are at the heart of the non-fiction collection in the church library. It’s my hope Forming Faith will introduce you to the resources that can encourage you in your faith walk no matter how bewildering it may be. As Paul makes it clear, there’s a lot to “transform” and “renew” – “every thought,” in fact! Think of these resources as valued conversation partners that can help you along the way.

A good place to start, of course, is with Scripture itself. When I’m looking for a new approach to Scripture, I reach for a commentary. A good commentary won’t bury you in the author’s knowledge but, instead, will send you back to the verses you’ve just read but this time with added insights. Try out N.T. Wright’s commentaries in the ...for Everyone series, found in the church library. Wright has combined his own translations of the New Testament and his incredible knowledge of first century A.D. history together with a pastor’s eye for application to bring new life to your reading of Scripture. Each passage is followed by one or two short pages of commentary in everyday language, making this series the perfect way to work through the New Testament and to do so as you would with a devotional. Encouragement begins with the Scriptures and Wright is a good guide.

                                         luke for everyone