there is no question that the foundation of a healthy church comes from its commitment to the word of god. to begin with, the word is where we get our understanding of what the church is in the first place. i realize that every church studies the bible. some study it a lot. some study it very little. some take every page literally, others have a more generous interpretation. some stress the gaining of knowledge, while others place emphasis on application. most every church believes they have a special corner on the truth.
other than the home church movement, and a few other fringe groups, orthodox churches have pastors that carry the primary responsibility for preaching the word and being sort of the voice of spiritual authority for that church. some of those pastor-teachers have authority and influence that extends far beyond their church walls.
here’s a question for this morning. does having a pastor-teacher-preacher inspire you to take responsibility for your own study of the word? or do the weekly sermons and bible studies provide the bulk of your time and insight into god’s word?
be careful how you answer. i’m not soliciting a compliment…nor am i looking for sermon criticism (go to the other blog if you want to do that). i just want to know about your personal study of the word and if what we do in our church program helps or hinders…