Monday, March 10, 2008

Church is Enough

Some Christians may feel that they don't need to study the Bible because they hear it preached during the worship service. If you are fortunate enough to belong to a church where the Bible is read and preached from, you are very fortunate. There are many churches now that don't read from scripture, and the scriptures are seldom mentioned during the sermon. Even if you belong to a church that has sound biblical preaching and teaching, it does not take away your responsibility to study the scriptures on your own.

If you have no knowledge of scripture aside from what is taught from the pulpit, you will have no way of knowing if what is being taught is truth. There are and will be false teachers. (2 Peter 2:1-3) With no knowledge of the scripture, you will have no way of knowing if you are being deceived.

Aside from being deceived, we should meditate on the scriptures. We are called to think of the scriptures frequently in everything that we do (Deuteronomy 6:4-8). This cannot be accomplished by sitting in church, then leaving and not thinking about what was said.

Many people gave their lives so that we could have the ability to read the Bible in our own language. Before the Protestant Reformation, it was the church that was the official interpreter of the scriptures. It was not available to the general population to be read. In a way, when saying that going to church to hear about the Bible is enough, it is like going back in time. "I'll just listen to what they say about the Bible in Church, after all, it's too hard to understand and takes too much time."

Going to church is not a legitimate excuse to not read or study the Bible. In fact, most churches encourage personal Bible reading and study. But it's easy to ignore that teaching and continue to be an ignorant Christian.

2 Comments:

  1. Anonymous said...
    what about people that can't read?
    Brett said...
    Nice question. I guess it is the same with people that are blind as well. I would definitely suggest an Audio Bible on CD or MP3. There are many available. I might also suggest christian radio or tv, but that would be a little more difficult because there are a lot of false teachings out there.

    I was visiting someone (can't remember who) in the hospital a few years ago, and there was an elderly lady in the next bed. She would continually ask her friend to read certain passages, sometimes calling for specific ones, and sometimes asking her to look up certain topics. She would read the scripture out loud to her.

    I must say that it was a little annoying to me at the time, but looking back it should not have been so.

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