Written by Jesse Campbell
FREE TRAINING RESOURCES AVAILABLE AT SIGN-UP BELOW THIS ARTICLE:
Just let Scripture speak. The Bible study group leader whose session is built completely on Scripture itself ultimately does not need to fear. Questions about the Christian view on homosexuality, marriage, and the inflammatory topics swirling furiously in the foggy ether of our volatile culture can intimidate leaders.
What if someone tries to embarrass you with a carefully crafted question you cannot answer on your own? What if you are expected to answer a question about a doctrine like tongues or the end times, but lack the knowledge to do so?
Just point to Scripture and let it speak.
We are expected to proclaim the Word, friends. You do not need a seminary degree to point people to the Bible and see their hearts changed. You do not need to have a well-rehearsed answer to every conceivable question. You need only demonstrate what God’s Word says and then let the Holy Spirit do all the convicting and convincing.
How people with hang-ups respond to the Bible’s intricate teachings is between them and God. If you proclaim and live out the Word amidst lostness just as Paul charged Timothy to in 2 Timothy 4:1-5, then you may rest in the calm that comes to a leader who has done all that God has called him to do. God’s Word outlasted the debauchery of first century Ephesus and it will outlast the pluralism of today.
Sure, you could water down your teaching and compromise the truth to make the Bible more palatable to modern tastes, but I am sure that you will find this does not bring you peace. In fact, such an approach puts you squarely in the path of Peter’s haunting rebukes for false teachers in the second chapter of 2 Peter.
Paul’s question in 1 Corinthians 1:20 still boldly resounds: “Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” Where are they indeed? Those influential philosophers of Paul’s day who tried in vain with all the power of the gates of Hades to overcome Christ’s Church have all been forgotten. The ashes of their empires have long since scattered and our Church that emerged from the catacombs remains today. So, let the tide rise. Let today’s lost culture repackage the very philosophies and arguments originally put forth by the people of Sodom and Gomorrah and ignorantly call them “new” for the thousandth time in a hundred generations. God’s Word is ever true, ever relevant, and everlasting.
May we all stay true to the Bible even when it defies culture. It is better to defy the culture and stand by God’s Word than to defy God’s Word and stand by culture. If we are to be despised, then let it be because we faithfully and fearlessly proclaimed the Bible. Let us not be counted among the passive who believed in Jesus, but cowered in the crowd in John 12:43. Rather, let us be found among the faithful leaders who address the crowd with God’s Word as Peter did in Acts 2:14-36.
You have an opportunity to be such a leader. Explore the Bible is approaching a study of 1 Corinthians, a book of the Bible that Christians need to grasp and culture needs to hear. If you take your group through 1 Corinthians, you will have let Scripture itself speak directly to some of the most pertinent questions in our culture and the most pressing doctrinal issues in our churches. Here is a FREE set of resources to self-evaluate where you stand on the doctrine taught by 1 Corinthians, a series of training videos from Dr. Jonathan Akin of the North American Mission Board, and four free sessions of Explore the Bible to acquaint you with our bold expository approach. Sign-up below and receive these free resources.
Do not apologize for the Bible. Just let 1 Corinthians speak and love people as the Spirit uses it to change their hearts.