The Value of Repetition Repetition

By Pastor Brian
water-880462_1920No, that wasn’t a typo – I was making a point: repetition has value.  Repetition does three things:  it reinforces a point, it helps you remember the point, and it gives you the opportunity to think about that point (did you notice how I just repeated the word “point”?). It’s one of the reasons we have four Gospels, why Paul in Acts tells how he met Jesus three times, and why we’re given the Ten Commandments not just in the book of Exodus, but in the book of Deuteronomy as well.  As an actor, I repeated the same scene over and over again.  Eventually, I would stop thinking about the lines and my character, and start thinking like my character.  This is God’s objective with scripture.  In Psalm 119:15, we read “I will meditate on Your precepts and fix my eyes on Your ways.” 
This month we are inviting you to read through one book, 2 Timothy, five times.  We’re following Paul’s instructions to remember these things.  By rehearsing scripture to ourselves and to each other, we are planting seeds that will grow into fruitful trees.  Although mere repetition doesn’t replace understanding, internalizing the Word of God gives a greater capacity for putting it into practice.  Understanding helps in memorization, and memorization, it turns out, helps us to understand. When Peter was trying to explain the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, he drew on the psalms and prophesies he had heard over and over again.  It is my hope and prayer that this year, as you face the joys and challenges of life, you hear Paul’s words again.  Words like “Fan into flame the gift God has given you, “I know whom I have believed”, and “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race.” 
Pastor Brian