Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
Knowing and learning are the tools of the preacher. He must always be reading and studying to be sure that he speaks from the overflow and not drain the brain before he completes a lesson. The ministry of study is a choice that preachers must make early in their ministry or they will not last long in the pulpit.
The problem that I have is that the more I study the more I realize my ignorance. The wider my knowledge becomes the more I know I don’t know. It is only the ignorant who know everything and can be positive. It is only the ignorant who become fanatics. The more I learn, the more I know I need to learn.
Many years ago I heard a prominent preacher say that he had not changed his mind on a subject since he was very young. That seems to be a rash statement to me. I am ever learning as I study my Bible. I learn new truths and desire to share them with others. I did that last Sunday and I will have another go at it this Lord’s Day.
The Bible is an ocean of God’s truth and none can swim the Atlantic. We study and learn and grow and prepare. We open the books and wade into the ocean of truth and put into action the things we learn. It is a wonderful day when we give up on perfect understanding of the Word and just do the parts we understand.
It is a happy day when we realize that it is because of the death of Jesus that we can be right with God. Christians are not perfect people but people who have been perfected by the grace of God found in Christ Jesus.
Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1 James