A snippet from the introduction to my sermon this past Sunday morning:
Let me go on a little rant here and tell you that this is why Bible reading, Bible study, and church attendance is so important for the Christian. If you are not reading your Bible every day, then I can say with complete confidence that you are not repenting every day. You are not changing your mind about Christ, about sin, or about your life because you are not being confronted with the facts of our life in Christ as God knows them and has told us. If your mind is not being changed then your passions are not being changed. If your passions are not being changed then your conduct is not being changed. Instead, you are repenting backwards. All that you see and hear in this world is going into your mind unchallenged by God’s truth and changing your mind about Christ, about sin, and about your life. Instead of being conformed to the image of Christ through the Gospel you are becoming conformed to the mindset of the world through music, movies, media, and the mouths of friends, co-workers, acquaintances. The same goes for church attendance. If you do not regularly attend a church where the Bible is preached according to what it says, then even your personal Bible reading can be corrupted by the onslaught of information that is coming from the world. We need Pastors who will tell us, “This is what the Bible says and this is what the Bible means when it says this.” We need that. We need it because our enemy controls most of what we see and hear in this world. And Pastors need Pastors too. That’s one reason we have more than one Pastor here. I need to hear the Bible preached to me just as much as you do, because if I don’t have that, then just like with you, the world will influence the way I read the Bible and understand the Gospel.