Before reading my insights, I encourage you to do the Bible study "No Micromanaging."
1. When we don't study God's Word for ourselves, we can begin to depend on others and exalt teachers instead of God:
1 Corinthians 3:1-15:
It's interesting that Paul talks about Christians in the early church exalting one man over another. This would be similar to exalting a denomination or a particular pastor or teacher, and I think the modern Church is often guilty of this. There's nothing wrong with respecting our pastor, but too often I hear Christians talking more about what their pastor says than what the Bible says.
We can build our faith with "gold, silver, and precious stones,"--regular Bible study, prayer, fellowship, sound teaching, and obedience. Or we can build with "wood, hay and straw,"-- inconsistent, shallow and half-hearted attempts to mature.
2. How is New Testament revelation different than Old Testament?
In the Old Testament, God spoke through prophets and priests. "Ordinary" people couldn't enter His presence. But New Testament Christians are "a royal priesthood" (1 Peter 2:9) and we are able to hear from God directly (1 John 2:27).
3. What makes us too dependent on teachers?
Hebrews 5:11-14: This passage says our problem comes from a failure to eat the solid food of faith. This is similar to the message of 1 Corinthians 3 above.
We need to be deliberate about growing in our faith or we will remain babies, never able to determine God's will, repeatedly hearing the basics, never growing up.
Studies show that most Christians do not know their Bibles and don't make attempts to learn it better. If we truly believe that God is light and His Word is truth, we need to start living as if we believe.
And when we teach others, we want them to become disciples of Jesus, not our disciples.
So what insights did God give you as you read these passages. I'd love to have you leave a comment and tell me.
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