Hearing God's Word
‘How then shall they call on Him
in whom they have not believed?
And how shall they believe in Him
of whom they have not heard?
And how shall they hear without a preacher?’
(Romans 10:14, NKJV)
At Rainbow Covenant Church, we give the utmost importance to the hearing of God’s Word.
We believe that:
1. The flock must be well-fed by the teaching and preaching of God’s Word.
‘Whom will he teach knowledge? And whom will he make to understand the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just drawn from the breasts? For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little.’ (Isaiah 28:9-10, NKJV)
The teaching and preaching of God’s Word must be Christ-centred, and it must be rigorous and thorough. Such teaching and preaching must be grounded in sound biblical hermeneutics and exegesis.
2. The flock must receive the teaching and preaching of God’s Word with simplicity, and with wisdom and revelation.
‘“I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes . . . Then [Jesus] turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see; for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.’ (Luke 10:21; 23-24, NKJV)
As we hear the teaching and preaching of God’s Word, we must ask God to give us ‘the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him’ (Ephesians 1:17, NKJV), so that ‘the eyes of [our] heart may be enlightened’ (Ephesians 1:18a, NASB).
3. The flock must receive the teaching and preaching of God’s Word on good ground.
‘But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.’ (Matthew 13:23, NKJV)
We must allow the teaching and preaching of God’s Word to bring about a visible change in our lives, so that ‘we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord’ (2 Corinthians 3:18, NKJV). For we are ‘an epistle of Christ’ (2 Corinthians 3:3, NKJV), ‘known and read by all men’ (2 Corinthians 3:2, NKJV).
4. The flock must receive the teaching and preaching of God’s Word with all readiness and diligence.
‘These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.’ (Acts 17:11-12, NKJV)
The believers in Berea grew in their faith because of their diligence in searching the Scriptures daily, and they set the biblical standard for all Christians today. Even as we hear the teaching and preaching of God’s Word, we must not neglect our individual responsibilities of studying God’s Word.
5. The flock must judge all teaching and preaching of God’s Word.
‘These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.’ (1 John 2:26-27, NKJV)
As we hear the teaching and preaching of God’s Word, we must be careful to ‘judge all things’ (1 Corinthians 2:15a, NKJV), so that ‘we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine’ (Ephesians 4:14a, NKJV).
This is especially important, as Paul warns us of what will happen in the last days: ‘For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.’ (2 Timothy 4:3-4, NKJV)