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Learn The Bible From A Pastor

Do you think you get a deep understanding of the Bible from your pastor? Why?

Moderator - Almost never, even regardless of his training or denomination.

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We should read the Bible for ourselves & rely on the Holy Spirit to give us a deep understanding of the scriptures. We shouldn't depend on pastors to take the place of the Holy Spirit.
---Betty on 7/8/09


\\Your relationship/devotion is supposed to be PERSONAL, and your understanding of God's will FOR YOUR "Godly spiritual" growth should be personal also. Do not rely on other people to form YOUR devotion/relationship or your understanding of what God has to say to YOU.\\

Can you tell me where the Bible talks about a "personal relationship" at all?
---Cluny on 7/7/09


revelation comes from the spirit through the word. anyone can be used to bring on this revelation,even a layman.
---tom2 on 7/6/09


I don't think a "sermon" usually explores Scripture deeply. But I don't expect it to. If it comes close, many people think it's "boring" or they just don't get the point. The pastor has to try to meet the needs of a flock with varied needs...from new believer to life long saint.
Seasoned Christians know how to study the word and be nourished by it. It is the younger ones in the faith who need more guidance.

Often I find myself wondering what the pastor REALLY thinks about a certain topic if his teaching/preaching seems a bit superficial. A small Bible study is probably a better place to probe the Word...but then again it depends on the needs of other group members.
---Donna66 on 7/6/09


I like to hear different interpretations of scripture even if I don't fully agree with them. Any commentary or opinion on the Bible that differs from mine encourages me to research and study deeeper in order to test my beliefs. I certainly don't want to learn from an outright heretic, however a little spirited debate over the scriptures between believing brothers doesn't hurt. The day that I am in full agreement with my Pastor over every verse of the Bible is the day that I probably need to seek out a new Pastor.
---TIMOTHY on 7/6/09




anon,
What is the 'anointing' that John is mentioning? He does teach through the 5 chapters, yes?
---Nana on 7/4/09


1st John 2:27 says:

27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him

So you really have no need for a teacher according to John the Apostle. The Holy Spirit is our teacher.
---anon on 7/2/09


Pastors will tell you what THEY "want" you to believe (it is extremely difficult for ANY human being to ignore their own bias).

Your relationship/devotion is supposed to be PERSONAL, and your understanding of God's will FOR YOUR "Godly spiritual" growth should be personal also. Do not rely on other people to form YOUR devotion/relationship or your understanding of what God has to say to YOU.

God didn't make the bible so we would have a relationship that is IDENTICAL to each other (no matter what you are ever told) and He didn't make it so that YOU cannot understand it "AS IS" (don't "interpret" it to mean something else, God says what He means and means what He says).
---more_excellent_way on 7/1/09


But, the most understanding I have received is from my husband in our home. I believe this is the way it should be.
---SusieB on 6/30/09

Wow. I loved this testimony. So few of them. May YAH bless you guys.

Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.
Jeremiah 23:1-3
---Trav on 7/1/09


Moderator...Why do you think it is that you aren't receiving must understanding from your pastor?
---SusieB on 7/1/09




I do not believe I ever met a pastor who had a deep understanding of the bible. Many here in Christianet have a real deep understanding of the bible. Occasionally I meet a laymen or a speaker or someone incarcerated who has a deep understanding of the Bible. A deep understanding can only be acquired by having much time to study and re-study the scriptures.

I sometimes thank Almighty God for allowing me to have the time to study his word. If my understanding of the Bible is not correct the fault lies solely with me!!!!
---mima on 7/1/09


remember that we worship God in spirit,and Gods word is meant to bring revelation to your spirit. Most people read scripture and think they are reading mere words of how we are to think,and live ,and treat other people around us. This is actually true,but we are to be changed by the word,and become spiritually aware.
---tom2 on 6/30/09


Mod Wow I am stunned

you must have had lousy pastors and teachers. Wow
---willow on 6/30/09


Well, for a while, I considered myself the know-it-all, so this kept me from benefitting from a pastor or others. But what has been good for me has been the example and experience that is shared by certain pastors while they have group. And the word is food. I may have eaten before what the pastor serves us, today, but we do need to keep feeding on the same food, day to day, but of course growing in what we are needing. But if you give me an orange, today, I'm not going to say, Oh I've eaten one of these before and it has no deep meaning so I don't want it. I need to feed on the grace that is ministered.
---Bill_bila5659 on 6/30/09


No. Everyone has their own interpretation, and some people have their own motives in mind usually, including myself.
---amand6348 on 6/30/09


Yes, with the current location I do, but it hasn't been so in the past. If your pastor doesn't make the lesson clear where you understand, maybe they need a new way to teach it.
---candice on 6/30/09


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Most pastors have to preach in such a way as to reach the most numbers of people.

Many know more than you actually might think to hear some of their sermons.

Of course, roast preacher is the most popular Sunday dinner main course among many evangelicals, regardless of denomination or nation.
---Cluny on 6/30/09


Depends on the pastor.
---eric1968 on 6/30/09


In the past few months, I have been very blessed by the teachings of my pastor. My heart is always ready to hear what is on his heart, and I am convicted toward deeper and deeper intimacy with the Lord and His Word.
---Trish9863 on 6/30/09


I have received a lot of Bible understanding from pastors over the years. But, the most understanding I have received is from my husband in our home. I believe this is the way it should be.
---SusieB on 6/30/09


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