On Being "serious" about the Bible

There are those--not in RUF but outside of RUF--who say, “We are serious about the Bible.” We ought to be very careful saying such things. We ought to make these kinds of claims very carefully lest they become self-promoting. There’s only a slight difference of emphasis between, “We are serious about the Bible,” and “We are serious about the Bible.” But the slight difference of emphasis can signal a world of difference in the heart of the speaker.

Is RUF serious about the Bible? Absolutely. Scripture and the gospel govern who we are, what we believe, and everything we do. Central to our Friday night gatherings is worship around God's word in song, prayer, and preaching (Acts 2:14, 42; Rom. 10:14). Then on Sunday nights, we have Family Group Bible studies that are small communities gathered around God's word to learn and grow together. And so, we take the Bible seriously.

At the same time, we in RUF have to be careful not to turn the claim "RUF is serious about the Bible" into "RUF is serious about the Bible." Don't take it from us, take it from the Apostle Paul: "Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall" (1 Cor. 10:12; cf. also the rich young ruler in Mark 10:17-27 and Jesus' own warnings in Mat. 6:1, 5-6, 7-14, 16-18).