Why We Teach the Bible the Way We Do

By “we” I mean the pastors and elders of Grace Community.

The world needs the church to be the church. In essence: to know what we believe, live it in and by grace and be willing to clearly and kindly share it.

This isn’t about a particular preaching or teaching style. This is about the substance. Whether fast or slow, verse by verse, or high flyovers, we must TEACH God’s Word.

I was reading this morning in 2 Chronicles 17

7 Also in the third year of his reign he sent his leaders, Ben-Hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Michaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah. 9 So they taught in Judah, and had the Book of the Law of the Lord with them; they went throughout all the cities of Judah and taught the people.

The text goes on to describe, in part, some of the result of teaching:

10 And the fear of the Lord fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were around Judah, and they made no war against Jehoshaphat.

Just a couple of chapters before we get a quick synopsis of the times and why this stood out:

3 For a long time Israel has been without the true God, without a teaching priest, and without law.

Remember what the Lord told Joshua in 1:7-8

7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

I know the settings and parameters of the community of God were quite different in the Old Testament than we see in the New Testament church. 

We have similar emphasis given in the New Testament as well:

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Ti 3:16–17 

4 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 2 Ti 4:1–4

These verses need little commentary. Look around. The time isn’t coming, it’s here. I love and pray for my fellow pastors, teachers, and missionaries who are committed to faithfully teaching, often with much labor, the Scriptures we’ve been given. Join us at Grace each week as we humbly approach God’s great Word, currently in Romans, for a sobering look at His view of things. 

That’s where we learn grace. Where the gospel is clearly laid out. Where hope is promised.

Men’s Advance

I love that name. It’s not a retreat, it’s a huddle so we can ‘advance’.  Pray for the men of Grace as we join the men of Calvary Community for our first time at their annual event. I’m honored to teach from Colossians 3 on Saturday night.  Thanks for praying for us.

This Sunday, I’ll resume our study in Acts with the faith of Stephen in chapter 7.

 

 

3 Pots

A very thoughtful couple recently gave me this small fountain for my office.  They’ve been paying attention!

We’re all the middle pot.  For this to function the middle pot must both receive and give.  If you’re receiving and not giving, you’ll become bloated and not healthy. Think of the Dead Sea.  Water only flows into it.

If you’re giving and not receiving, you’ll run dry.  Imagine how long it takes for the fountain to cease flowing if the water from the top stops.  You can only give out what you’re receiving.

Who is speaking into your life?

And into whose life are you speaking?

Ministry – Am I receiving? Am I giving?

Truth – Am I reading, studying, learning? Am I sharing, teaching?

Relationships – Am I listening? Am I speaking the truth in love?

“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”  2 Tim 2:1-2

 

Teaching at the Bible College

We’re here in Sriracha teaching a few classes each day at the Bible College.  I really do love teaching the Bible and that is only highlighted when you’re teaching students at a Bible College.  Pray for these students as they are preparing for ministry and just like the rest of us are learning to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”

Snowy Flagstaff

It’s Monday morning and we’re soon on our way to the pastor’s conference to begin the teaching today through Thursday.  Yesterday we were able to visit another of the Children’s homes of Bahn Immanuel.  The young man that leads it was raised in the first one and now married with two kids is running a home in a small village not far from town.

I woke up early to see several messages on my phone.  The big snow has arrived in Flagstaff causing a few changes.  I’ve been thinking of you all and praying for you as the day is winding down for you.  Grateful for Laurie’s family visiting and helping her out in my absence.  Who doesn’t want to run a snowblower while vacationing on Spring Break?  Yikers.

Thanks for praying for us as we travel today and begin the conference.  I hope to check in this evening.

Requesting Prayer for Thailand

As many of you know, today I leave for a 15 day trip to Thailand with Pastors Paul Hayes and Dan Holgate both of Calvary Community in Phoenix.  We will meet up in just a few hours and fly to LAX, then begins our 18 hour flight to Bangkok, followed by another hour or so to our destination for the first week.  The three of us will be teaching a pastor’s conference the first week.

I’ve been to the doctors twice this past week, just dealing with the normal junk that get’s passed around this time of year. I’m praying the flight over will give some rest and not an irritation to those around me.

Pray for my sweetheart as she keeps things rolling here at home.  This might be the longest time we’ve been a part.  No matter how busy each of us are, it’s just not the same.

I’ll do my best to keep my blog updated throughout the trip. So, please watch for that, and pray for our time traveling and ministering to the pastors.