In the workshops I do, one of the things I share is that it is vitally important for each of us to be in the Word ourselves. I share a number of reasons for this. Too many believers come to church to be fed by the pastor. That is not and can never be a very nutritious meal. For one thing your pastor is a secondary source. He is not inspired, the Bible is. Further… well look at the diagram:
What was interesting during my random act of neatness, was I found two men, one a well-known pastor, Greg Laurie, and the other the president of LifeWay Research, Ed Setzer who essentially say the same thing.
Setzer, “Christians must NOT come to church every week expecting the preacher to chew up their food for them…” (Emphasis was in the quote).
Laurie, “I really encourage people to study on their own. It’s a recurring them in my preaching. In a perfect world, Christians would be studying their Bibles every day, and what I offer would be supplemental on a Sunday morning…I’m trying to teach them how to feed themselves. Better yet, I’m trying to teach them how to cook a little bit.”
I love it when well-known men who have a great platform agree with me.