Relevant bible teaching. It’s a phrase that I see come up in church core value statements ‘…We are committed to consistent relevant Bible teaching’. It’s the domain name of a web site. It’s a distinctive that gets used to qualify one teaching above another or in place of another. It sounds good, perhaps even right… maybe it is and maybe it’s not.
Relevance requires a value judgement. ‘Let me show you the best way to spit-polish your boots’. Okay… Who determined it’s the ‘best’ way? Who determined a spit-polish is all that is required? Do you even own a pair of boots?
Value judgements are important and so is relevance, but who is making those judgement calls when it comes to bible teaching? If relevance becomes the ‘qualifier’ and ‘end’ of how we teach/preach the Bible and what we teach from the Bible…be watchful for all that gets left out and ignored. We’ve all seen the guy with the bulging biceps walking around on gimpy legs…we know with too little vitamin C we can get ‘scurvy’ and too much just becomes body waste…how about the detective that misses too many clues and comes up with the wrong conclusion? Here are a few relevant things to be reminded of…
‘The heart is deceitful above all things, and desparately sick; who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9
‘This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.’ Joshua 1:8
‘…for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God which he obtained with his own blood. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish everyone with tears. And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Acts20:26-32