“I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another.” (Romans 15: 14). Paul the great apostle and teacher said this to the Congregation of Believers in Rome. He added that he had some additional teaching to share when he hoped to arrive, but he saw them as adequate in their mutual competence. Imagine the absurdity if Paul had said, “I hope you will find a preacher to teach you from now on.” It would suggest that his teaching had been insufficient and that the Congregation was inadequate to attain to maturity in Yeshua. The Hebrew writer says, “Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.” (Hebrews 6: 1-2).
We eventually get out of school and move on from being taught, not that we stop learning, that never ends. In some churches it is even worse, not only is the teaching ongoing, but the lessons repeatedly cover the most elementary teaching, never moving on to maturity. Is this the model of the gathered congregation of Believers indicated in scripture? Is there no teaching on the limits of teaching? Are advanced subjects permitted from the pulpit, ever? If our teaching and preaching were transformed by Holy Spirit into that articulated in scripture, what would the result be? We need to get beyond the limitations of human analysis and rationalization. We need to reject the thought out plans, best judgment, and structures of worldly wise men and seek God’s leadership and will. We must lay hold of the impossible, the infinite, and eternal for only then will we be ready to move in step with God’s leading. For too long the Congregation has been restrained by men who assumed Yeshua left leadership in their hands. Such men do not believe scripture and/or that God will do what he promised. They are like those who loaded the ark upon a cart drawn by oxen and sent it away, when their plans failed. (2 Samuel 6: 6-11).
Lord, Yeshua, deliver your people out of bondage to faithless worldly men. King Saul exhibited it over and again, when he reach a place where God’s will, timing, command, and instruction seemed beyond his ability to carryout, and he took matters into his own hands. (1 Samuel 13: 8-14; 1 Samuel 15: 9-26). Lord, we have not accepted your word with faith, forgive us. Lord, when you moved, we stood still, when you paused, we ran ahead in the wrong direction. Restore us to yourself and do not take away your Holy Spirit. Give us a hunger and thirst for your presence and faith to cling to you, obeying your voice/word and moving in the power of the Spirit. Lord, give us faith and trust in you so that all your gifts and Spirit leading will be restored in your body of believers. (1 Cor. 14: 26; John 16: 13-15).