Biblical Teaching is Necessary

Picking up on my last post on Biblical teaching, I want to just talk about the vital role that Biblical teaching plays in the life of believers.

There are of course many answers to the question, “what role does Biblical teaching play,” but again, I will just focus on a few things that I think we should talk about here at Visio Dei.

I should also mention that I am not going to do any in-depth study on WHAT the Bible is. Suffice it to say we believe that the Bible is the word of God. It is absolute truth. It is all God-breathed. It is living and active and is the main source of revelation that we have about God. Our lives are full of things that change constantly but the Word of God never changes. It’s always right and true and perfect. that said….

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My first point is that the Bible plays a vital role in our growth as disciples of Jesus. As I have already mentioned, the book of Hebrews says this:

12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Something about studying the Bible lays our souls bare before God. All of our intentions, thoughts, motives….they are all exposed by the word of God. The Holy Spirit moves in us through God’s word and He speaks to us through God’s word. He convicts of sin and brings us to a place of repentance. He guides our thoughts and our actions.

But He has to have a chance. We have to be taking in the scriptures and be studying them if the Holy Spirit is going to use them. Look at the words that God spoke to the Israelites in Deuteronomy:

18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, 21 so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.

 God knows that we need his word and so He gives it to us. We need to know it and we need it to sink in deep and be foundational to our lives. We should think about it and study it every day. And read books on it. And listen to it in our cars. God knows how important that is.
In short, nothing else will change you like studying God’s word. There is no greater thing that will help you grow as a disciple. Without it playing a huge role in our lives, our growth will be stunted.
My second point is related to the first: the Biblical teacher plays a vital role in the life of the church. Colossians 3 tells us:

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Those who teach the word help us in this way – they help the word of Christ to DWELL in us richly.  Also note that the verse gives us some ways to help God’s word dwell in us – teaching and singing.
This is why we teach in home groups. Also note the fact that those two things (teaching and singing) are what we do every Sunday when we gather. The end goal of those things is that the word of Christ would dwell in all of us. Without Biblical teaching, none of us would grow up as believers. The Bible uses the analogy of people being believers for years but remaining infants because they do not know what God’s word says.
Obviously, our goal in this regard is to grow up as believers…not remain infants 🙂
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So, this line of thinking is obviously very important in our home groups. Biblical teaching will cause a group to grow. It was cause the group overall to “grow up” as mature believers who hold steady in their faith; who love each other and challenge each other and help each other when they are in need. It will cause the group to grow as disciples.
The point is really just this – if you teach in a home group at Visio Dei, you play a HUGE role in the lives of the people in your group. The was you approach studying the Bible yourself, bringing your’e Holy Spirit-given insights to the group and then teaching them to the group will affect the individual people in your group in enormous ways.
Study hard. Study often. Know that God WANTS to speak to you through His word. And that He will. And the word of Christ will dwell in you.
And then, like Colossians 3 tells you to, help it dwell in the lives of the people you teach 🙂
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