Today’s message summary of January 26, 2020 from Pastor Gus Brown:
The Church, and the Church alone, has been given the responsibility to teach the Word of God.
All of the members of the Church, whether you are in leadership or not, are ministers of the faith. We must, as the church today, really rediscover the power of teaching and lean on nothing else but the teaching of God.
What other institution has been given this responsibility? There is no other. God directly gave the teaching of Scripture solely to the Church and provided those who would do it.
God provides these people to do His Work in preparing people to serve in ministry.
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
The Church enables people to grow even as each one is in the process of growing.
1 Timothy 5:17
Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.
The teaching from the Church is not just within the walls of the church. It continues outside of church with the standards and principles of living for Jesus Christ in the world.
The intent of the teaching is not to hurt or embarrass people, but to encourage others while sharing the truth of God. The truth must be declared with God’s Word at heart and in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
The Holy Spirit is in the midst of God’s Work through His people.
Never let those who are opposed to this effort defeat you. The Spirit enables you to endure.
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.” –-Martin Luther King
Intensively: to increase; concentrate; cause anything to intensify.
Critically: to find fault; careful analysis and judgment.
Your desire should be to study the Bible to discover both its faults and benefits. (Pastor’s note: please note that there have been minor, non-doctrinal errors from copiers of the Bible and issues within different Bible versions that have been debated and/or corrected over time, but even with these issues, the essence of the doctrine of the Bible is truth, and it is these opportunities that should compel the desire to study more by digging deeper and deeper.)
We walk by faith and not by sight. We believe and trust in the Lord Jesus.
Intelligence plus character…that is the goal of true education.
The goal of the teaching of the church is to build the believer’s Christlike character. (It’s not just about obtaining knowledge.)
To know God’s truth and to not live it is indeed sin.
Secular education, on its own, will not build the type of character that is necessary to build a family, society, community or a country.
There are many who have become so intellectual that they do not need God.
Only the teaching of Scripture, along with learning will build godly character that will sustain what is necessary, and it can be built upon.
Godly character in His people will sustain us and build us.
The world needs more and more godly men, godly women and godly children. They are the foundation of a godly home, a godly society and a godly country.
The only way to regain what is lost is by the teaching the Word of truth.
Teachers are even challenged with what they present in order to promote greater personal understanding and to expand upon God’s truth.
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works.
Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.
When I think on my ways, I turn my feet to your testimonies; I hasten and do not delay to keep your commandments.
Surround yourself with others who love the Lord and fear Him. Being in good company promotes good character.
I am a companion of all who fear you, of those who keep your precepts.
My soul longs for your salvation; I hope in your word. My eyes long for your promise; I ask, “When will you comfort me?”
I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation.
It is time for the Lord to act, for your law has been broken. Therefore I love your commandments above gold, above fine gold. Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right; I hate every false way.
It is time.
A person’s life is built on worldly views, secular education concepts, or on the foundation of Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:11
For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
2 Timothy 4:5
As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
You have to want to learn more. Mary wanted more.
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
The Church will meet the desire of the people of God who are truly seeking after learning more about Jesus Christ.