Jesse Bible, lead pastor at First Baptist Church of Wainwright, Oklahoma, shared the message for OBU’s online chapel service Sept. 2.
Bible taught from Ephesians 5 and titled his message, “Walking in Wisdom.” He compared what Paul is saying in Ephesians to his own experience as a basketball and football coach. He talked about how Paul encouraged his people to look more like Jesus and to strive for excellence and unity, much in the same manner a coach might encourage his players.
He challenged the audience to consider, “How do you walk?” He then explained that we must be careful and pay attention to where we are going.
“A person who is wise makes decisions in the now, in relation to the then. Those who belong to Christ understand that there is an eternity to be spent with Christ, and therefore we make decisions now based on the eternity that God has promised to us.”
He noted that the careful walk will distinguish someone who is wise versus someone who is unwise.
“Wisdom is the ability to process knowledge through God’s word and to practically apply it in our everyday life,” he said.
Bible explained that in addition to walking in wisdom, we should also make the best use of our time. He encouraged the audience to do this through self-discipline.
His final point was that in order to walk in wisdom, we must know the will of the Lord.
“The ultimate goal of God’s will for your life and for my life is to make us more like Jesus every single day,” he said.
In addition to being the lead pastor at First Baptist Church in Wainwright, Bible is a jury administrator at the federal courthouse in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He and his wife, Sarah, have been married for 12 years. Together they have three children and are in the process of adopting a little boy. They live in Council Hill, Oklahoma. Bible gave his life to Christ at age 11 and surrendered to ministry at age 17.