Nu’uanu Baptist Church / January 20, 2021
Howzit? (Hawaii) How are you doing? (mainland) How you going?( Australia) What do you know? (my high school algebra teacher) Pick your favorite greeting.
If someone greets you with, “What do you know?” How would you respond? Probably you’d say, “Not much”. I know that’s what I would say. It’s like our granddaughter asked her grandmother, “Grandpa is older than my daddy, right? Then how come he doesn’t know anything?” Grandchildren can be so cruel.
At least I try to know more. I enjoy listening to and reading what people who do know a lot write about apologetics and faith; people like C.S. Lewis, R. C. Sproul, and William Lane Craig. I find what they say and write very interesting.
I do, however, have a friend in Australia, originally from Indonesia, who says he is not that interested in what scholars have to say about the Bible and faith. He just wants to “know” what the Bible says and that’s enough for him.
I think that’s pretty good and I would agree with him, except I think it’s important to read and study what great Christians minds have written. But I agree it isn’t a replacement for “knowing” what the Bible says and obeying it.
Have you noticed that the Bible talks a lot about “knowing”? There are many verses that have “know” in it. For example, Ephesians 1:17-19 says: “I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the mighty working of his strength.”
Paul says that he wants us to “know” what is the hope of His calling.
And there is Philippians 3:10: “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.”
Paul says he wants to “know” Jesus and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings.
There are a lot of things Paul wants himself and us to know. And it doesn’t matter how smart, old or who we are. We may not be able to say we really “know” all that God has for us, but there is something that we can know.
2 Timothy 1:12 says: “For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.”
Did you see that? Paul says, “I know whom I have believed”. There are a lot of things we don’t know in our world. However, there is something we do know. And that can make all the difference in the world. We can “know” whom we have believed and be persuaded that He is able to keep what we have committed to Him until the day that He comes again or until He takes us home.
My prayer for each of you reading this letter is that you would “know” with Paul whom you have believed and be persuaded that He is able to keep what you have committed to Him until you are with Him for eternity. Do you have that certainty? If not let’s talk about it.
Dora Lumpkin’s Memorial Service is this Saturday, January 23, 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. For safety, please enter only through the front door from Nu’uanu Avenue. Your temperature will be taken, and sign in your details for contact tracing. If you are planning to attend, please contact the church office because Dora’s family would like to provide bentos after the service. The service will be online so Dora’s family on the mainland can also view it.
January Bible Study—Next Saturday, January 30–9 am to 2 pm.
SIGN UP for your bento lunch; just $4 per person.
JOIN US in person in the sanctuary, or online.
COME for coffee and pastries at 8:40 am.
TAKE IN the study of John’s Epistles, food, and fellowship
Business Meeting and Lord’s Supper. Business Meeting is this Sunday, January 24, immediately after the worship service. And the observance of the Lord’s Supper is the following Sunday, January 31.