Sitting in a pew (or in front of the TV or computer) and listening to preachers will not get us where we need to be with God. We must take responsibility for our own growth. We need to add something to our practice of “going to church.”
We need to read the Bible through—more than once. More than twice. And you need to study it and read what other seasoned teachers say about it. Not all “bible teachers” are created equal. And if you cannot read no worries. The computer will read it to you—in whatever language you want.
You need to find like-minded people with whom to study and fellowship around the Word of God. Smart learners will make friends with those who know more about the Bible than they do. Just sitting in church (even if you are on the couch) will inspire, encourage, and give some knowledge. Yet the original church was a fellowship. In fact, that is the Greek word (the Bible word) for church. Where did the King James translators get the English word church? What a misleading and lousy translation. The word is fellowship and it happened for 300 years in homes, rented halls, and under shade trees. It even happened down by the riverside. They had a simple organization: A shepherd (pastor), servants (deacons) and gifted Christians in the congregation who were the evangelists and lovers of their neighbors. The “members” did the work of the ministry. The coordination was done by Holy Spirit. Are you a minister? Minister means service.
In addition, you need to find books written by Christians who are further down the road than you and study them. Stay away from the pablum (pabulum: that which is insipid or simplistic) and get books that say something you have never thought about or even heard before yet is Truth. Do not fall for the false prophets. Pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit and ask for advice and recommendations from Christians you trust. It takes wisdom to discover true shepherds and teachers from which to learn.
Your growth in Christ is not the preacher’s responsibility. It is the preacher’s responsibility to feed, warn, encourage, protect, and guide the sheep. If the sheep refuse to eat, the preacher cannot force them. If the sheep continue to stray, the preacher cannot, like the shepherds of old, break their legs and carry them on the shoulders so they will become dependent and not stray. No. After all, calling the pastor a shepherd is an illustration and illustrations make a point but are not literal.
Do you realize how many resources are available online through a computer or smartphone? You do not have one?! Wow. I don’t care how old you are, get off your butt and take a class on how to use a computer and smartphone. Learn!
You are living in a day prophecy. I happen to be convinced from the Holy Scriptures that we live in Daniel’s time of the end. We are living in the time of which the Angel and Daniel said these things:
8 I heard but did not understand. So I asked, “My lord, what will be the outcome of these things?”
9 He said, “Go on your way, Daniel, for the words are secret and sealed until the time of the end. 10 Many will be purified, cleansed, and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand. 11 From the time the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. 12 Happy is the one who waits for and reaches 1,335 days. 13 But as for you, go on your way to the end;[c] you will rest, and then you will rise[d] to receive your allotted inheritance at the end of the days.”
The only teacher I know who has correctly interpreted the end time teachings of the Bible is a little-known man who got no respect and was kicked out of one pastor’s office after another. But he self-published the only accurate interpretation of the End Time prophecies. Doesn’t that sound like all prophets and apostles were treated? If you are interested in digging deeper into the Bible, study this free e-book. You will have to have a computer (or else order it online from a used bookstore for a lot of money).
You can get your free copy on my website at https://www.boblewisministries.org/end-times.
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Get happy growing in the Nurture and Admonition of the Lord! And do not forget to fellowship (translation: go to church) with fellow believers around God’s Word.