So when life gets tough, when everything is going, you know where, in a hand basket. It really doesn’t matter that your pastor has really dug into the Word, asked the tough questions, and has applied the reality of the Sovereignty of God to His life. No one can survive on another person’s solid convictions. They have to be personal.
So ask. When was the last time your community of faith encouraged you to Study the Bible for yourself? No, more than that – with that encouragement, showed you how to study? How to find the message of a book? How to approach a topic that is troubling you? Equipped you with the skills to do it yourself? In the 49 years in which I have been paying attention, I have never seen it other than the workshops I have lead in the past six years.
We cannot expect people to stay engaged on the basis of someone else’s experience. More teaching will not solve the problem. We have to do what Ephesians 4:11 – 12 commands. Then and only then can the people in our communities really do what the Bereans did in Acts 17:11. Only then can they be noble minded, and only then will they have a reason to stay. It is then their conviction.