The Chair (Day 4)

One of the things that I mentioned on day one of this topic is that you should invest time in listening to a Bible teacher that presents the truth of the Bible in an entertaining yet honest way. If the Bible is to become our anchor we must know it and using the knowledge of a truthful Bible teacher can help. The reason that I suggested this is that many of us honestly aren’t Bible scholars. You may not have spent hours reading textbooks or pouring over theological articles containing discussions on the broader and finer points of Christianity.

And that is okay! We cannot all be experts in everything. I think that is perhaps one of the biggest problems in America’s education system. We expect the students to be ‘A’ students in every subject when all the studies and research clearly show that people tend to excel in one field and do worse in others. I personally find that when people try to be the expert in every field they are not really an expert in any of them.

What does this have to do with the Bible and your relationship with God? Well, a lot! God has blessed some people with spiritual gifts of teaching and evangelism. Often times these same people have the talent of public speaking and interpersonal skills. These people should be plugged into ministry situations where their gifts and talents can be used mightily for God’s kingdom. If this is not your area of expertise that is definitely okay because we cannot all be teachers. But that does not mean we do not all need to benefit from them.

For our chapter today I want you to take a few minutes to study over Ch. 12 of 1 Corinthians. Make sure you read it a couple of times because there are some things that are important which can be glossed over. This chapter is one of the most implicit of the writings on spiritual gifts. The part of this passage I want to focus on deals with us being the Body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12 (NLT):

[14] Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. [15] If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. [16] And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? [17] If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?

[18] But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. [19] How strange a body would be if it had only one part! [20] Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. [21] The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”

Taking our cue from Paul’s topic we cannot all be the same part of the Body of Christ. And God has created us to be specific parts that are all needed! I have some friends who do not have the gift of mercy but do have the gift of teaching and it allows them to be straightforward and not sugarcoat a problem. But there are others who do have the gift of mercy and can be incredibly useful in the area of counseling. Each person (meaning you) is important!

With this said, we all need each other. Each person needs the other’s talents to balance out where they are lacking. In this regard I encourage you to listen to those who have the ministry of teaching and evangelism to spur your own desire to go deeper into the Bible and find out more than you ever would have on your own.

But who do I choose to listen to? The answer really comes down to whether or not that person teaches the truth about Christ and the Bible. Some very famous pastors are false teachers and twist and pervert the Gospel of Christ to their own benefit. And others teach falsely out of a good heart but because they simply have not studied enough to know better. The way you will be able to know if someone is trustworthy is to check everything they teach against the truth of the Bible.

Whenever you listen to a person teach the Bible you should look for 3 main things:

  1. Do they show love?
  2. Do they call sin what it really is?
  3. Do they point every person towards the saving grace of Christ?

If a teacher fails to do those things on a consistent basis you might want to pass them over and head to another. There are many radio stations that offer opportunities to listen to good Bible teaching. But there are also many out there who utilize technology and you can download or stream their podcasts or MP3’s.

Here are four pastors I personally love and have found their teaching to be in line with the Bible. I listen to these guys weekly and gain a lot of insight into the truths of Scripture. By their name I’ll also include a website where you can download or stream their teachings.

  1. Jackie Watts – Fellowship Church of Madison, FL (http://fellowshipofmadison.com/media.php?pageID=5&itemID=104&)
  2. Andy Stanley – North Point Community Church of Alpharetts, GA (http://www.northpoint.org/podcasts)
  3. Ravi Zacharias – Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (http://www.rzim.org/)
  4. Ed Young Jr. – Fellowship Church in Plano, TX (http://edyoung.com/)

 

So get out there today and spend some time gaining insight into deeper parts of Biblical truth through some awesome teacher/preachers! My final caution would be to never let listening to a preacher or teachers replace your own personal devotional Bible Study. God loves us and wants us to spend time with Him personally. Don’t replace your own time with God with time with a recording.

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