One of the most serious mistakes we can make in doing the Lord’s work, whether it is evangelizing, preaching, teaching, or equipping, is to specialize our message and work. What do I mean by that? The best way I can explain this is by contrast. Jesus said; “teaching them to observe (keep on obeying) all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20). Paul said to the Ephesian elders, “I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole (total, every kind) counsel of God” (Acts 20:27).
When we ‘specialize’, we leave out important parts of God’s BIG PICTURE. Jesus did not want the disciples to forget any of His teaching, by word or example. Paul did not want the elders to lead the church with just a partial picture of God’s plan for His church. If we ‘specialize’ because of denomination, Bible School or Seminary training, or because we follow favorite teachers, we will become imbalanced and miss some vital parts of God’s BIG PICTURE. Worse still, when we are imbalanced in presenting God’s truth, we leave holes where error and deception will find its way into hearts we are trying to reach.
What is the answer to this problem? Appeal to the Holy Spirit to teach you all the truth! Jesus told us that the Spirit “will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (John 14:26). I do not want to give the impression from my earlier comment that I am opposed to any particular denomination, Bible School or Seminary, but there is a danger of equating them with Scripture. Remember that Jesus referred to the Spirit as “the Spirit of truth” (14:17). All truth is contained in Him and in the person of Christ (14:6). Therefore, we have a priority and obligation to spend time with them so that we learn and obey all the truth! This is the best way to prevent error from creeping into our thinking and teaching in the church which deceives and robs God of His glory. At my age, I am still learning and the Holy Spirit is still gracious teaching me! This calls for worship!
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