Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Just Pick A Book, Any Book… « Unashamed Workman

Colin Adams over at Unashamed Workman has an interesting quote from Mark Dever. What is your reaction to:

“Generally, I do not choose a series of expositional sermons because of particular topics that I think the church needs to hear about. Rather, I assume that all of the Bible is relevant to us all of the time. Now, I trust that God may lead to some particular books, but very often when I’m working on a text and reading through it in my quiet times the week before preaching, and working with it very seriously on the Friday, there will be things that I find in it that I didn’t expect to find at all.”
(Mark Dever, Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, p 40)

Find Colin's article here: Just Pick A Book, Any Book… « Unashamed Workman

imageThere is part of me that wants to agree with that. It sounds "spiritual." On the other hand, it also sounds like the old technique of closing one's eyes, opening the Bible and pointing at a verse & using that as God's message to me today. That makes me VERY uncomfortable. Like we are presuming on God. God, I am not going to use the judgment, experience and discernment you have given me to know which parts of your Word our body needs at this moment. I am just going to randomly pick & trust that you will somehow make it relevant. That may overstate the case, but I think that is the core of that philosophy. I would at a minimum be very cautious about it. Just a thought.


Jon Clayton said...

I teach through the Bible, book by book. When I started, I just went in order. At a certain point I learned to prayerfully seek the Lord's guidance and to "Be diligent to know the state of your flocks."

Jon Clayton

Cal Habig said...

The balance is important I believe. Thanks Jon for chiming in!

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