Posted by: reformbama | June 16, 2011

What is driving you?

I stole, umm, I mean borrowed this one.

What is driving you?

June 16, 2011 by The Grace Community

 

What is driving you?

by Gary Chaffins

“It is now common practice in most churches to offer a maximum of entertainment and a minimum of serious instruction. One can only conclude that God’s people are bored with Him, for they must be wooed to meeting with religious movies, games & refreshments.”

-AW Tozer

I originally wrote and posted this in January of 2010, my thoughts have yet to change…..

I spent most of the last night,  tossing and turning, carrying a heavy burden as I pondered the words of Paul in his 2 letter to Timothy.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” -2 Timothy 3:16-17

 

It seems as if Paul had no doubt in regard to the necessity of the scriptures and biblical teaching in the life of the believer.  His instruction was simple, God breathed out these words so that you may know Him and you are to depend on them for EVERYTHING…but has this understanding been lost in the Church?

 

I can’t help but think of how many, who claim to “stand” upon the word of God yet reject the power of this amazing truth.  So many go on their merry way, believing what they want, thinking what they want and doing what they want but do they ever examine these things according to the scriptures?  This way of life only leads to confusion, a distortion of the truth, a shallow walk and the most frightening consequence is that it opens the flood gates for every form of false teaching….yet most does not even realize it!

 

This mindset is a result of at least three important issues:

(not in any particular order)

 

1)    Lack of true conversion-

Matthew 7:21-23 offers one of the most frightful passages in the entire Bible:

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.   On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.”

 

Even today, there are many who profess Christ, yet serve a god outside of teaching of scriptures. They live a life of morality and use words such as God, Jesus, cross, they may even be active in the local church and still be serving a god made up in their mind.

 

I specifically remember speaking about the God of the Bible with someone and this was their reply “I will not serve a God like that”.  Unfortunately this is a true statement for many!

 

2)    Lack of personal study-

Life today is busier than ever!  We have our jobs, our family, run here, run there and at the end of the day when the sun is finally covered with darkness…We are exhausted!  We have so much to do, yet so little time for the word, for personal studies and devotions.  I once heard it said like this “Lack of Bible reading is not caused by lack of time, lack of time is caused by lack of Bible reading”.  Maybe we need to get our priorities into a biblical perspective.

 

What is your theology (what you believe about God)?  Where did you get it?  Did you simply adopt it?  Have you truly scrutinized yourself and held your beliefs to the light of scriptures?  What determines your lifestyle?  Are you raising your children correctly?  Are you living in sin?   How do you know?  These things can only be determined by constant duty of the word.

 

I challenge you as brothers and sisters in Christ to fall in love with His word.  It is your life! Jesus said that man cannot live by bread alone but by every word of God (Matt. 4:4).  The word is the true food that will help you grow, develop doctrine, determine your lifestyle, reveal sin, it will lead you into all truth…it is the truth!  This is also the very source of our sanctification.

 

“Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:17

 

3)    Lack of Biblical teaching/preaching-

Ready, lights, action!  We put on our Sundays best and head to church.  We are prepared to visit with friends, hear good music and typically the preacher will deliver a sermon then we go home until our next appointed time.

 

We have developed every gimmick known to man to draw people into the church, to keep them interested by our “Christian” entertainment. We have our traditional services, our contemporary services, our youth programs, our drama teams, our puppets, our men’s groups, our ladies groups, our singles group, our married groups, program after program…you name it, the church has it!

 

Although some of these things are not bad in and of themselves, the  question should be this, Are you in a Biblical church? Is your pastor teaching biblically?  What is the substance of his sermons? Are you gradually moving from the milk and on to the meat? Are you receiving sound doctrine? Are the passages being exposited in such a way that you now understand what it was saying to the original audience?

 

This is what you need, what you should desire, not the gimmicks, not the entertainment but a solid teaching of the word. Is this what is driving you? If there are false converts in the congregation, biblical preaching will reveal it.  If you are in false doctrine, biblical preaching will reveal it. If you need discipline, biblical teaching will reveal it…”scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”

 

I found the following words from Sam Storms.  I think we would do well to get a grasp of the importance of the power of the word in the life of the believer and the emphasis that we need to make on ensuring that we are under solid Biblical preaching/teaching.

 

“8  Reasons for Biblical Preaching”

By Sam Storms

  1. We must preach because of the power of the Word of God to change human lives and to transform the experience of the church.
  2. We must preach because preaching is God’s ordained means for making himself known to us.
  3. We must preach because preaching not only communicates truth about God, it also mediates the very person and power of God.
  4. We must preach because preaching (aside from reading) is the most effective means for transmitting the truths of Holy Scripture.
  5. We must preach because preaching is the fuel for worship. Preaching fans the flames of passion for Jesus.
  6. We must preach because preaching is not simply the fuel for worship, preaching is worship.
  7. We must preach because preaching is the catalyst for church growth, renewal, and revival.
  8. We must preach because preaching is the means by which the glory of God is revealed and imparted to those who listen with faith.
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