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“Christians must not come to church every week expecting the preacher to chew up their food for them,” says Ed Stetzer. “Growing and mission-focused believers are self-feeders. God has given us His Word to correct, rebuke, train and reprove us—to train us in righteousness. The Word of God is given to us as means of spiritual maturity and it must lead to transformation.”
Stetzer is the president of LifeWay Research. He believes that a lack of biblical knowledge is hindering people from understanding and walking with God. A lack of biblical grounding is limiting their spiritual effectiveness.
Twenty years ago Reverend Don Piper suffered a catastrophic head-on collision with a tractor-trailer truck and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. That began an extraordinary journey which, says Piper, included a glimpse of heaven. After being miraculously revived, Piper documented his remarkable experience in the international bestseller, 90 Minutes in Heaven—A True Story of Death and Life.
As far as reading and studying the Word, Piper refers to the Bible as “an answer book” and when he opens it, that’s what he wants—for both personal and ministerial reasons. “I think all we need to know is in the Bible.” Piper believes current Christian teaching often puts too much emphasis on the New Testament. He insists both New and Old work in tandem for the benefit of the believer.
“I rejoice in my sufferings for you.” Likely in a dark pit, Paul uttered these words to a scribe. Pain, filth, turmoil and rejoicing? Most of us would be saying, “God, why have you abandoned me?” Not Paul; he saw an opportunity to serve Jesus. Paul had met Jesus on his way to kill Christians. Via a blinding light, scales on his eyes, and a vision, he became a Christ-follower. But it wasn’t Paul’s vision that gave him spiritual stamina.
His fellow workers in the early church seem to be enduring similar circumstances. It was his dependence on a God who could not only overcome the visible forces of evil, but the unseen forces that lurked in the darkness.
The letters of Peter and Jude are pieces that don’t seem to fit in the New Testament. They’re not like the letters of Paul or John. They’re odd. They jump between uncommon subjects: angels, the apocalypse, and comparing baptism to the ark. The early church didn’t even know where to put these books in the Bible. Every time you open an ancient bible, it is a wild goose chase to find these letters—they constantly move in the order of biblical books.
Why do we have them in our Bible then? For starters, they carried apostolic authority. When an apostle (or someone close to them) wrote something, it became authoritative because of its immediate connection to Jesus.