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April 23, 2019, 3:17 PM

April 24, 2019


“My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:2-3

How well are we teaching others? We often speak with others as though they know everything we are saying. Are we aware of the many times that people struggle to understand us? Do we assume people know what we are saying to them because they were brought up in church? It has become amazing to me at how little we have actually taught over the years. The message has been presented but there has been such a lack of comprehension. Often, we must teach from the perspective that people have very little understanding about what we are trying to share with them.

As Christians, we often take for granted that those who worship with us completely understand all that we do. Many of us grew up in church, accepted Christ at an early age and know Him in an ever-growing fellowship. However, there may be those who worship with us who have no idea of the true message of the cross. They hear, and even know certain terms, but really do not understand the message. Have you ever thought about our time of invitation? We know what that is yet there are some who may not really understand what we do during that time.

As we strive to reach out to others, let us be aware that they may not understand anything related to the church. We live in a culture radically different from 50-60 years ago. Then, most people, in the United States at least, had some understanding of worship. There are many in our nation today who have never been to church, never opened a Bible and never attended a worship service. We even have many who have grown up in church and do not know basic Biblical teaching. We cannot assume that people know what a worship service is all about, what we do in Sunday School or what we do in other small groups. That is a real struggle for those of us who have always been in church. As we minister to others this week, let us be mindful that they may not know anything we are talking about. Let us teach in such a way that they can truly comprehend the message.

 

                                        We love you,

                                        Brad and Virginia


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