Whenever we read a Bible passage we anticipate the passage will offer us two things: First, the passage will tell us how we have been living our lives in a way that is not good for our relationship with God and with others. In theological language this is referred to as God’s law. God’s law voice tells us what we should, could, or ought to do to improve our relationship with God and others. God’s law voice reveals our sinful rebellion against the life God desires for us. God’s law voice reminds us that we need the Savior’s help.
Second, the passage will most importantly, tell us how God desires us to be connected to the Savior so that our relationship with God and others might improve. In theological language this is referred to as God’s gospel. God’s gospel voice tells us of the faith, hope, and the love God freely gives us through the Savior. The reason we read the Bible is to let God’s voice speak to our souls and transform our lives. When we read a passage of the Bible, we need to do more than just remember the story. For Martin Luther, Jesus’ habit of daily listening to God’s voice through law and gospel Bible study is essential for a disciple.
Literacy: Knowing the content and the people.
Fluency: Knowing how God’s law & gospel voice is speaking to us through our reading of the Bible.
Why do you think Biblical fluency is so important to a disciple?