Scripture to Read
Matthew 16:5-12, Galatians 5:9, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9
I heard a message from a well loved pastor, whom I listen to regularly, teach on a subject I, personally, did not know much about or had studied. I didn’t have a solid, foundational knowledge on this topic to use in order to disagree. I just believed what he said because I trusted him. Since I didn’t do my own research and reflection before bringing this topic up to a friend, I wasn’t ready for her questions. I wasn’t confident in my own knowledge of this topic to really offer sound, biblical evidence to support this view.
In the days that followed we each did our own research and I discovered that I saw a different side to this subject. It’s not to say that I no longer trust this pastor, but I now realize how important it is to study and read scripture for myself. I can no longer take someone’s word just because they are behind the pulpit. I love how my Pastor tells not to take his word for it, but to go home with our notes from service and discover it for ourselves.
We have to be active participants in our own faith.
This concept isn’t new. This idea of discovering truth for yourself isn’t breaking news. But, it is important to remember and actually do. I am no longer an infant on milk, as Paul describes a new believer who is just getting their feet wet. Pastors and teachers of the Word are planters, sowers and nurturers, but only God can make the seed grow (1 Corinthians 3:6-9).
This means that we can learn from our pastors and teachers, but only God can bring true revelation and truth through His Holy Spirit. In order to allow growth to occur in our spiritual walks we must:
- Be in the Word on a regular, consistent basis
- Be careful how much of the world we allow into our ears, eyes, hearts, minds and bodies
- Be continually in prayer throughout the day–> I don’t mean in quiet, secluded prayer, but in conversation with God in everything we do.
In Matthew 16:5-12, Jesus tells His disciples to be on guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees. These teachers of the law were educated and gifted with words. They did not believe Jesus was the Messiah and were contaminating the truth. This is important because, as Paul says in Galatians, it only takes a small amount of yeast to work through an entire batch of dough. If we aren’t aware of this we can be easily swayed by other’s opinions, thoughts and views.
I’m not a baker and don’t pretend to be one, but after doing some research I discovered that for two loaves of bread only a scant tablespoon of yeast is needed. Therefore, we need to be careful what we listen to, believe and speak without personally knowing. In this information age we live in, there’s always opinions, speculations, and “truth” buzzing around. Paul tells us in Ephesians 4 that we are being equipped and built up in the knowledge of Christ– working toward maturity. We have a role in our growth.
Just like we saw in 1 Corinthians 3, new believers need help learning Scripture and truth, but as we grow and mature there’s responsibility and a commitment to standing firm in the Truth. It’s easy to be tossed around by waves and winds of every teaching, every pretty Instagram scripture, cultural fads or spiritual ideas. Thinking, reflecting and researching on our own is what will grow us to become, in every respect, the mature body of Christ Jesus.
Research & Define
Research two words from the Scripture to Read that stood out to you.
1 Corinthians 5:6
1 Corinthians 2:6-16
Questions & Reflections
- What are some truths you’re dealing with right now?
- How can knowing Scripture strengthen your views?
- What’s one topic or viewpoint that you can study in scripture now? Ask God to help you filter through what others are saying and focus on hearing His voice.
- How does 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 relate Jesus’ words in Matthew 16:5-12?
Memorize & Meditate
1 Corinthians 3:7
Only God makes us grow. We just have to allow Him in.
Father God, thank you for Your Word. Your Word is truth and life. Speak to each one of us through your word and through Your Holy Spirit. Open my eyes and ears to receive Your truth today. You are all I need and I trust in Your Truth. Help me to filter through the teachings and views that are washing through social media and the world right now. Give me peace in the midst of uncertainty and courage to question. You are not afraid of my questions. Thank you for teaching me and granting me Your Holy Spirit of wisdom and revelation. I love you Father God. I Pray this in Jesus’ name! Amen