When you hear the word Doctrine come out of a pastor’s mouth on a Sunday morning, the amount of eye rolling that happens is almost enough to throw the Earth off of it’s axis, and others are excited for the help in curing their insomnia. So, imagine the pastor who just said it, and then began to explain how he was going to spend the next several weeks laying out the foundational Doctrines of the Christian faith. Yeah, it was a awesome and rich and some terrifically fruitful time spent unpacking the basics of our faith, and I didn’t even see this scene at once:)
I’ve heard more times that I care to count, “that’s too deep for our church” or “I just stick to the basics so everyone can understand” or the most alarming I’ve heard from a senior pastor who is supposed to guide his congregation “scripture is confusing to me so I don’t read it much”. I just felt a bit dirty even typing such idiocy.
Can you imagine any other area of life or profession that it’s acceptable for that attitude to exist? No doctor, please don’t use that technique on me, I believe the basics of leach applicaiton and blood letting will be sufficient for me. No thank you Mr. Contractor, plumbing is too deep for me to understand, I prefer to just have a hole in the ground. Ridiculous.
All of our faith and the truth of the Bible is deep!! It’s the anchor of everything we breath and do. Our faith is what carries us through each day, regardless of the circumstance. It is the plumb line that keeps up upright. It is the truth that makes sense of our existence and our purpose. Jesus is there in our joy and in our despair. He is everything and worth all our efforts in growing closer to him.
We have been studying 2 Timothy as a staff at church. What a rich, last letter, written from a father figure/mentor to a young pastor leading a historic church. In it, we see that Paul believes that God’s Word is the anchor to everything we teach and do in church. In it, we find the richness of God’s love and depths of our need for Jesus. Paul is encouraging Timothy to make the Word his main thing and to let God speak, knowing that lives are changed only by the riches of scripture, because they all whisper the name of Jesus.
2 Timothy 3:16–4:5
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
My confidence in the deep and richness of God’s word knows no bounds, and I wake up everyday, amazed that I have have been entrusted to preach the Word, and tremble at the weight of the depth of the task before me.