Over the past several years it has become clear that the church is facing two significant challenges: Many Christians are both over-taught and biblically illiterate.
But wait, isn’t that statement self-contradictory? How can we be over educated and under educated about our faith?
LOTS OF TEACHING but…LACK OF LEARNING THE TRUTH
In some churches lots of teaching and learning takes place, but the teaching is biblically deficient which leads to learning little about God and His will. Many sermons that come from preachers today are more aligned with pop psychology than scripture.
In 2 Timothy 3:7 Paul described a group of women who were being led astray by false teachers as people who were “always learning but never coming to a knowledge of the truth”. It is possible to receive much teaching but little education. That is one way to be “over-taught”.
LITTLE TEACHING and…LACK OF LEARNING THE TRUTH
Then there is the problem of a lack of attention to the Bible. Many professing Christians admit to rarely reading and studying the Bible beyond the teaching they receive when they attend church on Sundays. Consistent weekly Sunday service attendance used to be the norm, but in recent years, consistent weekly attendance has declined. This means that those who only listen to the Bible on Sundays are not even listening to the Bible weekly.
LOTS OF TEACHING & LEARNING but… LACK OF LIVING THE TRUTH
There are many Christians who are over-taught in a different sense. These Christians devote themselves to solid biblical teaching. Unfortunately, their goal is information acquisition rather than life transformation. Much knowledge does not necessarily lead to much application. This results in being educated beyond our level of obedience.
It is imperative that we commit ourselves once again to our weekly worship services AND our Life Group Ministry. Sunday services are a good starting point. A daily Bible reading plan is ideal. It is also essential for us to come together in small groups where we can read, study, and discuss how to apply God’s word to our lives.
If you have never gained a really good understanding of your faith, we encourage you to sign up for the KNOW JESUS Life Group which begins Wednesday September 15. You will come away with a solid understanding of who Jesus is, what he has done for us, and what he is coming back to do!