You Can’t Do All Things Through Christ

Posted by Matt Lane on September 25th, 2010 filed in Bible

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7 Responses to “You Can’t Do All Things Through Christ”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Thank you, Debby Downer. No, seriously, thank you. I also get upset when people claim Scripture when they don’t take the time to study it.

  2. Matt Lane Says:

    I’m guessing that at one point people understood the meaning of these coffee cup verses but then people assumed everyone knew and then everyone forgot. Today the are flung around like old Chinese proverbs. Sooooo harmful.

  3. Jeff Says:

    I think that’s part of it. I heard someone talk about “the days when the Truth was understood and didn’t need to be spoken.” Well, those days came and went, and here we are today.

    I think another part is low qualifications for people who are allowed to speak. There are a lot of preachers who don’t know much about the Bible. Their hearts may be in the right place, but they end up leading everyone else’s heart to the wrong place.

  4. Matt Lane Says:

    But what is the standard to measure against in order to let people teach the Bible? And how do we get to a point where Christians are all taught how to handle the scriptures well?

  5. Jeff Says:

    It goes way back. It’s the parents’ job to teach their children the Bible, but parents have been so lazy about this for so many generations that the cycle will just continue. It’s important to teach and equip the parents, so they can start rightly teaching their children.

    I think the standard is that they would not lead someone astray with their ignorance, and that has to be checked by the person allowing them to teach. You have to teach people to learn while teaching them to teach. If you only give them a lesson to teach, they only learn to repeat your words, but they never learn to read and interpret the Bible (unintentional shot at TI, but I noticed). You have to teach your teachers how to study. It’s a grave error to get up and repeat another man’s words about the Bible without studying that portion of Scripture for yourself. If the entirety of my Biblical understanding has been spoon fed to me by another person, I should not be teaching. Don’t feed others until you’ve learned to feed yourself.

    I have given up my music stand (since we don’t roll with a pulpit) the second weekend of every month in youth group. That is my most intensive week, though, because I make sure I am spending time with my new teachers, going over their ideas and interpretations of what the Bible is saying. I don’t give up my place once a month to catch a break. I want to teach teachers.

    By the way, I’m not claiming to be perfect, but I’ve spent my lifetime being taught the wrong thing by uneducated regurgitators that were allowed to teach, based on the qualifications of having a heartbeat and a suit, only to find out they had no idea what they were talking about. This is one of my hot button issues, though, so I work hard to create change in this area.

  6. Matt Lane Says:

    No pulpit? Sacrilegious.

    I’m still chewin’ on this.
    On think it is great to give others a chance to speak and then to mentor them. It’s the only way to guard against the “man up front is holy” syndrome.
    But.
    Where do we put a stake in the ground for Bible stuff. How do we know when someone is leading someone astray. Because without a standard, I could be leading someone astray in someone’s eyes but think I am 100% correct.

    I’m asking leading questions a bit. For me, it’s the inductive method. It’s not the only method but it IS a repeatable/teachable method that allows me to know when someone goes off into stupidness. And when they go there, I want to punch them in the throat with my Bible.

  7. Jeff Says:

    For me, the stake stays in the ground until someone has shown that they have learned to properly study the Bible. I agree that the inductive study seems to be the best way, because it’s exhaustive. Why wouldn’t you want to study Scripture exhaustively before presenting it, though? I’m not the best at teaching it, though. I’m working on my own patience to go through it that way. Arrogance and impatience get the best of me sometimes, though.

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