Sunday, September 28, 2014

Verse by verse

I don’t mind doing topical messages [on occasion, when asked], but that is not the way God intended his word to be studied.  In the nation of Israel, every seven years, they would teach the law by reading through the books of Moses and give the sense of the passages. 

Nehemiah 8:8
So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.

So, the role of the teacher and preacher is to go through the scripture verse-by-verse.  That way you can’t skip anything.  

I remember going to a black, full-gospel, Baptist church and in their Sunday School, they didn’t really go [teach] through the bible.   Rather, they had a little book, like a quarterly used by all the churches in that denomination and would be teaching that same lesson that week.  I can remember them trying to go through the book of Ephesians.   They broke down by Ephesians 1, Ephesians 2, Ephesians 4, 5 and 6.   I found it interesting that when it came of Ephesians 3 they just skipped it.   Why would they skip that?  Well, if you know anything about Ephesians 3, that chapter speaks about the mystery of Christ.  And, because they didn’t rightly divide the word of truth, they had no clue what that passage was about so they just skipped it!  If they don’t understand it, then why even deal with it? That is how topical preaching is in religious denominations.  

But, we are to preach verse by verse.  It may take longer, but that way you can’t avoid anything, [i.e., skip over difficult passages as if they don’t exist]. 

Transcribed excerpt from a grace message, “52 Eternal-Vs-Everlasting, Part 2” from Bro Ron Knight’s studies in “Survey of the book of Acts

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