Do you know your Bible? Do you know why you believe what you believe? I fear sometimes that our lack of effectiveness in winning this world to Christ is that those of us who are supposed to be the next generation of preachers really don’t know our Bibles that well. This results not only in a lack of effectiveness but also in diversion to apostasy. The average young man does not spend time studying his Bible. You may read your Bible, but do you study it. Have you ever read a verse in your quiet time that warranted study? Have you ever taken out the old Webster’s 1828 and looked up the meanings of the words you read in God’s Word? It is the obligation of Christians as a whole, let alone preachers, to study the Word of God. My friend do not just sit to ingest the Word by quantities of chapters, but rather sit with God’s Word and savour the content in sweet study. This Book is the Tool of our profession, learn it well so that you can use it often.
Do you know the Book? Can you answer these questions with a chapter and verse?
Why do we believe the Bible is inspired?
Why do we believe in Biblical marriage?
Why do we believe in tithing?
Where does the Bible say a man ought to have short hair?
Why do we believe in salvation by grace?
Why do we practice immersion for believer’s baptism?
Such a list of questions could go on and on. Do you know the answers? Could you debate these topics intelligently? “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” II Tim. 2:15
I believe it is important to be active in the ministry. I believe that a young preacher boy ought to be a consistent soul winner that actually wins souls to Christ. I believe young preachers ought to be depended on to lead ministries in the church. I fully believe that you feel like God has called you into any aspect of his ministry than you ought to be a major producer in your church. You should be among those seeing the most people saved. You should be among those who bring the most visitors to church. You should be among those seeing the most converts baptized in your church. Among independent Baptists this has become expected, as it should be, however it is no replacement for studying God’s Word. Often times I fear we push production and never push Bible study; or we push Bible study but never push production. Either of these imbalances could be fatal to a young preacher’s welfare. God has laid out a proper medium to capitalize on a firm balance for maximum production.
It is natural for young men to be restless and always wanting to change things up. However, God’s Word commands the young preacher to be constant or consistent if you will. I fear most young preachers spend more time creating study plans and revamping them then they do in the actual study of God’s Word. Every young man needs to find a method of study that works for him and stick with it, studying the Word of God.
For the young man who will take the time to read and study the Word of God, as well as working hard in ministry and prayer, will find production that can only be attributed to the power of God on his work and ministry. This is work of which you will not be ashamed.
“Give me 100 preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God; such alone will shake the gates of hell.” -John Wesley