Is it possible to teach and preach biblically without feeling the need to preach on instrumental music, the Lord’s Supper every first day of the week, and who is and who is not going to hell? I decided some time back that we have covered those issues enough (sometimes well and sometimes not so well) that it is very rare that I ever bring those things up in a Bible class discussion. I have known other people who seemed like that is all they wanted to talk about and if you didn’t, you just weren’t sound.
Can you imagine if back in those elementary school days your teacher started teaching you math with simple addition and subtraction. Good. You got the basics…you would hope to eventually move on to fractions, multiplication and one day algebra. Instead, every year in school you got more addition and more subtraction. There was no next step. According to your math teacher, knowing those two things was all it took to be a mature student of mathematics! We wouldn’t accept that. We shouldn’t accept that when it comes to our knowledge of the Bible either. We have heard all the arguments about why we don’t use instruments. We know why we take the Lord’s Supper on the first day of the week. Those are both very good things. But we cannot get so stagnant in our teaching that we fail to provide people with spiritual nourishment. We cannot fail to help people see the next step and move them beyond the basics. I honestly wonder if that is all some people are comfortable discussing and maybe haven’t personally challenged themselves to grow beyond that.
The sheep rarely outpace the shepherd. Because of that, our leaders, preachers, and teachers need to be ready to lead from the front. They need to be willing to step out in faith, grow in their own personal study and preach/teach from the overflow. I cannot believe reaffirming our stances on instruments and the Lord’s Supper is preaching or teaching from the overflow.