“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” (Ephesians 4:11-12)
God has given us His Word, the Bible, “for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The basic message of the Bible is totally intelligible for “ordinary people” and in Isaiah 55:11, God promises that His words won’t come back without results. Therefore, we can read the Bible for ourselves, and I highly recommend you to do so on a daily basis. This will provide you with a daily portion of spiritual food.
But God also gave teachers to churches who can explain His Word to us and apply it to our lives, for example in a sermon during a church service. Many churches have ordained preachers who are trained in the Bible’s original languages, Hebrew and Greek, and who can help us to understand Bible verses in their textual and cultural context.
Belonging to a community of believers also gives us the chance to discuss difficult passages with others, to share insights and to ask our questions. All this helps us to learn the Word of God and to become equipped to fulfill our mission.
Do you know other believers who can help you grow in faith?