Try to shine as lights among the people of this world, as you hold firmly to the message that gives life. – Philippians 2:15-16
Audrey Wetherell Johnson was not interested in reaching American women. Her heart was in China. After fourteen years of service there, she had been driven out by Communist forces in 1950, and her heart was set on returning to continue her missionary work. But God had a different idea.
As a young Englishwoman, Audrey embraced agnosticism. And as she received an education in Europe, she began to doubt both the Bible and the faith. But personal unhappiness caused her to seek truth, and “suddenly God’s mysterious revelation was given to me. I can only say with Paul, ‘It pleased God to reveal His Son in me.‘” Audrey’s love for Christ led her to China.
Her health was not good when she returned to North America, and while she recuperated, she was asked to teach the Bible to a handful of women who already knew much about Scripture. As she sorrowfully envisioned teaching thousands of Chinese, the Lord gave her the verse, “For who has despised the day of small things?” (Zech. 4:10 NKJV).
At that moment, Bible Study Fellowship, a program for women across America, began. The program continues to use Miss Johnson’s three key questions: (1) What does the passage say? (2) What did it mean to the people in the day it was written? and (3) What does it mean to me?
Studying Holy Scriptures provides food for the spirit, just as eating healthy food provides nourishment for the body. Audrey Johnson’s three key questions regarding Bible study guarantee a well-balanced diet for both groups and individuals.
God’s Word provides us with objective truth–yesterday, today, and forever. And just like our daily dose of vitamins, it revitalizes, sustains and nourishes us. Are you getting your daily dose?
– Steve Arterburn