Do you agree that sometimes different Christian groups can have misunderstandings ?
I told some Catholic friends that we used to have ‘Sword Drills’ in our Baptist church, and my friends thought this term sounded rather violent !
I explained that a sword drill was when the pastor called out a Bible verse, for example : John 3:16, and we, the attendees, who all had our Bibles ready, would compete to see who could locate the verse the fastest and read it out loud. It was an excellent way to learn, and to memorize Scripture passages.
In Ephesians 6:17, Paul describes the Word of God as the ‘sword of the spirit’.
It is our spiritual defensive weapon. Jesus himself demonstrated how He used this spiritual sword to defend himself when he was tempted in the desert, starting his defense statements with ‘It is written…’.
In the past, it was highly unlikely that a rural Catholic Newfoundlander of my generation would have had a Bible of their own to read. My friend Ellen confirmed this. At age 64, she is happy to now have her very own Bible to read and study.
Let us pray for the grace to maintain our desire to study God’s word. It will protect us.