The Word of God reveals the great salvation for mankind which is available in Jesus Christ.
This same Word also communicates the truths that belilevers must understand in order to renew their minds to the plan and will of God, therby enabling them to produce fruits of righteousness in their lives, and in the end, receive a rich inheritance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord.
Galyn Wiemers emphasizes the crucial importance of the teaching ministry in the church in The Word: Apparatus for Salvation, Renewal and Maturity. Simply put, the temporal and eternal relevance of faithful teaching look like this:
- Teaching provides the opportunity for believers to grow in their knowledge and understanding of God, his revelation, plan, will, character, etc.
- This understanding is both the seed of faith and the light of the Spirit which shine into the heart of the believer, leading to maturity.
- Maturity produces good deeds, righteous acts, and fulfilled ministries - the fruit of believers' lives.
- This fruit will be rewarded in eternity at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
Not only is the individual believer built up and blessed by faithful teaching, but the local church and the universal church benefit as well. The maturity of individuals within a group will result in the maturity of the group. In other words, a majority of mature individuals witin a church will produce a mature local church. And, it goes without saying but still needs to be said, a majority of mature local churches will result in a mature universal church, extending across denominational lines.
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