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How to Fight Biblical and Theological Ignorance

Matt Svoboda at SBC Voices has some good words about fighting biblical and theological ignorance.  His second point resonated with me.  Here is what he wrote:

Don’t be soft on Sundays– Many churches have fallen into this thought process that we have to preach as if everyone is as theologically slow as a turtle. But they aren’t. If we never move beyond a 5th grade level of biblical depth our congregations won’t either. Remember, church is primarily for believers. Colossians 1:9-10 encourages us to grow in the “knowledge of God and to bear fruit in every good work.” Sadly, most sermons do not help people grow in the knowledge of God, but rather merely encourages people to “live good christian lives.” Our transformation is based on what we know about our great God. We can’t grow more intimate with God without growing in our knowledge of him. I can’t grow in love for my wife if I don’t continue to learn about her.

My belief has always been to challenge your hearers to “come up” to your level of understanding, rather than always “going down” to their level.  Certainly this doesn’t imply confusing your hearers, but it does mean stimulating their minds to deeper and greater thoughts about God and Scripture.  Good to see that someone else agrees.  Read it here.

Categories: Bible, Preaching, Theology
  1. March 3, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    I’m in agreement with both you and Matt but at the same time, the clergy in many churches are have contributed to the ‘intellectual’ (just an all encompassing word) level of their congregations. In an attempt to reach more people they have lowered rather than offered a lift up. The shepherd is now faced with a flock that demands easy to digest milk and will spit out meat, sometimes turning on the shepherd.

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