Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Teaching them to Observe EVERYTHING

"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 
teaching them to observe EVERYTHING
I have commanded you
And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” 
 I am concerned that we have lost our way due to today's cafeteria approach to Bible study. The EVERYTHING referred to in these verses is only contained in the Bible. We are told that the Scriptures are profitable for every single area of our lives (See 2 Timothy 3:16-17), yet it seems we have strayed away from teaching EVERYTHING. Evaluate whether you might be avoiding the EVERYTHING of The Great Commission, by reviewing the following teaching trends:
  • What's Hot Now Approach - I want my group to be immersed in the latest theological fads.
  • Who's Hot Now Approach - I want my group to study the latest books by leading Christian authors.
  • I'll Choose My Groups Study Without Accountability to the Church Approach - I don't need the church to tell me what to teach. I can even write my own material.
  • Self-Help Approach - I approach Bible study as a self-help manual.
  • Let's Talk About it Approach - We learn the Bible together. I read the passage and we talk about it until we come up with a logical answer or solution.
  • I've Got to Find Another Study to Keep Them Attending Approach - My study is ending and I need something else to keep them coming. I need to run down to the local Christian bookstore and find another study.
  • Avoidance Approach - There are certain passages or topics I like to study, but I won't study passages I am uncomfortable with.
  • Lazy Teacher Approach - Give me something that keeps me from having to spend too much time studying the Scriptures and preparing the study. 
The question with all these approaches is, "Are we teaching people the Bible? Are we teaching people how to study and live the Bible? Are we teaching them the EVERYTHING mentioned in the Lord's Great Commission?"

God, convict us when we stray from teaching Your Word because, when we do, we miss the EVERYTHING you expect us to teach.