I’ve begun preparing messages for the opening season of Lakepoint Church. In the midst of it all I’m pondering what God hopes to have come out of the teaching efforts of a church.
Change is the first thing that comes to mind. If the teaching doesn’t help people become more like Jesus, then what was the point? It stands to reason then that every message ought to have a clear point – something to know and something to do.
On the other hand, it sure looks to me that there are some things that are just good to know, even if there is nothing to do about it. Old Testament Narrative Literature for example – God rarely caps it off with an applicable lesson or action item. He just wants us to know him through the recounting of Israel’s history.
I’m not throwing out application by any means, but I wonder if sometimes God would just have us teach His history without inferring or allegorizing a lesson?