Recently I started a book club for our church Beaverton Grace Bible Church. The title of the book club is READeeming Book Club. I truthfully have hundreds of books which having and reading books are two separate things. I haven’t always been the best type of person to go about reading books. I also wanted to find one way to encourage the church to read from saints present and past.
I really would encourage you to read and maybe even start a book club. One of my favorite preachers is Charles Spurgeon. In one of his addresses to the church he said “You need to read. Renounce as much as you will all light literature, but study as much as possible sound theological works, especially the Puritanic writers, and expositions of the Bible.” We could add a whole bunch of different things to light literature like video games, movies, television, YouTube, etc while adding sermons like Spurgeon. This leads me to ask how we are redeeming the time.
Redeeming the time can come in many forms. In this case it is through a book club and reading. You put down the remote and pick up a book a little more. Or perhaps pick up the BOOK (the Holy Word of God) to nourish your soul. Be more hospitable, share the gospel with someone, or even write some. Spurgeon had read the Pilgrim’s Progress over 100 times by the time he died. How do we suppose that happened? It wasn’t by sitting around or doing time wasting activities but by purposing himself to read. Purposing is really what separates those who read from those who don’t.
Other ways to redeem your time is to
- read you Bible
- listen to sermons
- be hospitable
- pray privately and corporately
- go to church
- and share the gospel.
So pick something up to read or do something that will get you and others to heaven. What good godly books are reading? I am currently reading C.T. Studd, Cricketeer and Pioneer. Great read and a gospel encouragement to step out for faith in Jesus Christ. By the way a review of the first book can be found at our Beaverton church sermon archive.